The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has launched GemTrack™, a new service based on the gemological features of stone to provide expert scientific opinion linking a cut gemstone to the rough stone from which it originated. This will clear documentation of part of the stone’s journey from mine to market.
SSEF clarified that the service will document the journey from rough to polished and even after it is set in jewellery, but does not make any specific claims of mine of origin.
The GemTrack™ service involves the combination of crystallographic, structural, chemical and microscopic analyses, which allow for detailed and potentially unique characterization and fingerprinting of rough stone. These same features can later be identified during the investigation of resultant cut stone, following the cutting and polishing process, and documented on a GemTrack™ report.
It said, however, that 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 gemological 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.