Introduction to sustainability in gems and jewellery

Start your journey to learning about sustainability in the gem and jewellery industry in this free online course.

This course is also available in French – Click here

Introduction to Sustainability

  • What is Sustainability?
  • Relevant Terms and Terminology

Gemstones and Jewellery Worldwide

  • Gemstone Mining Worldwide
  • Diversity of Gems and Mining Sources
  • Gemstone Cutting
  • Jewellery Manufacturing
  • Jewellery Retail
  • In which Countries are Gems Found Today?

Traceability Overview & Current Industry Initatives

  • Challenges and Opportunities of Gem Traceability
  • Diamond Traceability
  • Blockchain Technology for Gemstone, Diamond and Jewellery Traceability
  • Main Industry Initiatives for Sustainable Development and Responsible Sourcing

About the courses

  • Self-paced course: access the information you want, when you want it.
  • Test your knowledge about opals with a quiz at the end of this course. Please note these are short introductory courses, they are not trade qualifications nor do they give you the possibility of adding letters/credentials after your name.

About your instructor 

SSEF (Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF) is a non-profit Swiss foundation whose aim it is to further the science of gemstone testing and gemmological training. We are one of the leading gem labs in the world and have scientifically tested many of the world’s most prestigious gemstones.

For more information about opal testing services — click here to visit our website.

Frequently asked questions

Who is this courses for?

  • Access trustworthy information from one of the world’s leading authorities on gemstones.
  • Curious about sustainability in diamonds, gemstones and jewellery ? Start learning more with this free course.
  • Are you in the gemstone or jewellery trade and you want to gain some insights on sustainability? Then this course is for you.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.