GIA Gem Project – Edward J. Gübelin Collection

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has started the GIA Gem Project, a virtual gem museum of photographs, gemological data and scientific analysis of over 1.000 samples of gems from the Edward J. Gübelin Gem Collection.

GIA will share this gemological information by making it publicly accessible via their website. They hope that the database will benefit students, educators, gemologists, and researchers worldwide – and us gem lovers.

About the Dr. Edward J. Gübelin Gem Collection

Dr. Edward Gübelin’s study of gemstones and their internal inclusions extended over a remarkable eight-decade career, and his work revolutionized the science of gemology. From his home laboratory in Lucerne, Switzerland, he traveled to gem localities on five continents to collect and document research samples. After his death in 2005, his collection of some 2,800 gems representing 225 different minerals was bought by GIA. As part of the GIA Gem Collection, it is used for research, education, and display. For more on Dr. Gübelin and his life, please see the profile in the Winter 2005 issue of Gems & Gemology.

Hopefully, the GIA Gem Project will be available shortly.

For more information on the GIA Gem Project, contact Dr. James Shigley at


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