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SSEF launches GemTrack™

SSEF launches GemTrack™

26.02.2019: ... a service linking cut stones to the rough stones from which they originated, using gemmological techniques The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has announced the launch today of GemTrack™, a new service providing expert scientific opinion l

... a service linking cut stones to the rough stones from which they originated, using gemmological techniques




The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has announced the launch today of GemTrack™, a new service providing expert scientific opinion linking a cut gemstone to the rough stone from which it originated, thus enabling gemmologically the documentation of part of the stone's journey from mine to market.


The GemTrack™ service involves the combination of crystallographic, structural, chemical and microscopic analyses, which allow for a detailed and potentially unique characterisation and fingerprinting of a rough stone. These same features can later be later be identified during the investigation of a resultant cut stone, following the cutting and polishing process, and documented on a GemTrack™ report.



A GemTrack™ document may also be issued if a gem is later mounted in jewellery, in order to document the stone all the way from the rough state to an item of jewellery.



A GemTrack™ report will not make any specific claims of mine of origin. However, when credible documentation is provided (such as transparent sales receipts from a rough auction), it may state that, based on provided documentation, a gemstone was sourced from a specific company or auction.



"Given the growing demand for provenance and traceability in our industry, we felt that SSEF can provide a truly independent gemmological documentation for a gem on its journey from the rough to cut state, and even to its being set in jewellery", said Dr. Michael S. Krzemnicki, Director of SSEF.







- Steven Benson, photo SSEF

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