Since its successful beginning in 2001, the Swiss Gemological Institute SSEF’s education department has offered a broad spectrum of gemmological courses to thousands of students from industry, trade, and academia.


Basic Gemmology Course (BGC)

10 days, 4000 CHF

Gain basic gemmological knowledge with our intense gemmological course in 10 days. Main topics are: Identification of gemstones, diamond testing and pearl
testing. The course days have a modular structure. Sucessful participants of the
final exam will receive the SSEF Basic Gemmologist Diploma.

Basic Diamond Course (BDC)

5 days, 3000 CHF

One-week intense training on diamonds. This course is specially designed for
sales staff and focuses on the following topics: the formation of diamond, the
properties of diamond and quality grading of diamond. During the course you will have a lot of hands-on-practice with diamonds. Sucessful participants of the final exam will receive the SSEF Basic Diamond Diploma.


ATC Coloured Gemstones

5 days, 4000 CHF

Expand your knowledge in gemmology and learn about the detection of
gemstone treatments and how the origin of gemstones may be determined.

ATC Pearls

2 days, 1600 CHF

This advanced course focuses on the formation and identification of natural and cultured pearls. It also covers different techniques to detect the treatment of both natural and cultured pearls.

ATC Small Diamonds

3 days, 2400 CHF

This course focuses on the quality check of small diamonds. This is especially interesting for members of the watch industry. The course teaches participants how to define and control quality criteria for small diamonds. It involves adapting large diamond grading procedures to the quality control of small diamonds.


Scientific Gemmology Course (SGC)

Not available in 2018

Intense one-week course in scientific gemmology. You will work hands-on
with scientific gemmological methods and get theoretical insights into methods such as: FTIR spectrometry, UV-VIS spectrometry, Raman microspectrometry, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray analysis of pearls, UV-fluorescence of diamonds (DiamondView™), Laser Ablation-ICP- Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometry (GemTOF). The course is given in small groups to guarantee an intense training. Each participant of this international course will receive the SSEF Scientific Gemmology Certificate.

Scientific Diamond Course (SDC)

Not available in 2018

Intense one-week course about scientific analysis of diamonds. You will work
hands-on with scientific gemmological methods such as: FTIR spectrometry,
NIR-spectrometry, UV-VIS spectrometry, Photoluminescence spectrometry, UV-
fluorescence of diamonds (DiamondView™).


Course Calendar

ATC Coloured Stones   01 – 05 April 2019 (FULLY BOOKED)

ATC Coloured Stones   01 – 05 July 2019 (FULLY BOOKED)

Basic Gemmology Course BGC   15 – 26 July 2019 (FULLY BOOKED)

Scientific Gemmology Course   (not taking place in 2019)

Basic Diamond Course   07 – 11 October 2019

ATC Coloured Stones   21 – 25 October 2019 (FULLY BOOKED)

Small Diamonds Course   29 – 31 October 2019

Basic Gemmology Course BGC   11 – 22 November 2019 (FULLY BOOKED)

ATC Pearls   09 – 10 December 2019