Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF

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Posted 08/31/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has a worldwide reputation for gemstone testing and certification. It has contributed to a number of significant discoveries and developments in the world of gemmology since its founding in 1974. It is committed to pursuing research and offering clients first-rate expertise in coloured gemstone, diamond and pearl certification. See also www.ssef.ch

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Spessart, Germany

Spessartite garnets

Posted 08/26/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

First source of orange spessartine garnets , also known as „Mandarin garnets“ in the trade.  

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Habachtal emeralds

Cut emeralds and emerald in matrix from Habachtal, Austria

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Historic emerald deposit in the Alps. Nowadays, collectors still find specimens at this location.

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Djeva, Switzerland

Verneuil synthetic corundum and spinel

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Production of synthetic ruby, sapphire and spinel mostly using the Verneuil method (flame fusion). These are produced by  the company Hrand Djevahirdjian SA in Monthey, Switzerland.

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Campolungo, Switzerland

Corundum in matrix from Campolungo, Switzerland. Photo: Michael Krzemnicki, IGC 2011

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Dolomite marble outcrop in the Swiss Alps with ruby to pink sapphire mineral specimens.

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