Gemfields, Ressigeac, SSEF collaborate on traceability of rubies
October 17, 2018: Ressigeac Gems, with the assistance of leading gemmological laboratory Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, and Gemfields have collaborated for a new traceability project, to document the journey of rubies from mine to market. The collaboration aimed to document the journey of a coloured gemstone from mine to market - a procedure resulting in a new type of document provided by the Swiss laboratory.
“End consumers want to know where their products come from and initiatives such as this are important ways to test the physical traceability of gemstones from a miner to the jeweller,” says Jack Cunningham, Sustainability, Policy & Risk Director of Gemfields.
Ressigeac Gems purchased one of the finest lots of rough rubies at Gemfields’ latest auction in Singapore this June. Each stone was characterized and documented step-by-step from the rough state to the cut state until the stones were resubmitted to SSEF for final examination and issuance of a gemstone report for each individual cut ruby. “We believe traceability can be achieved by a joint effort of the industry and that each step can be important to create a new standard,” says Mariaveronica Favoroso Ressigeac, Director of Ressigeac Gems.