«Red fox agate» from Patagonia, Argentina
Partially etched diamond crystal
Epigenetic inclusion (probanly melanterite) in quartz, Brazil, crossed polarisers
Agate from Anzi, Maroc
Fluid inclusions containing mica and quartz, in aquamarine from Pakistan
Structure in a healing fissure in topaz from Brazil
Midge included in amber from the Baltic coast, polarised light
Two-phase inclusion in amethyst, Brazil

Privacy policy


The responsible body in the sense of the data protection laws is:

Swiss Gemmological Society
c/o BDO SA
Hodlerstrasse 5
3001 Berne

Visiting the website
When you visit our website, we or our web hosting provider record the IP address of the device you are using, the date and time of access, the name and URL of the file accessed, the website from which access is made (referrer URL) and the browser you are using. This data is stored for a maximum of 6 months.

This data collection serves to ensure a smooth connection and a comfortable use of our website as well as the evaluation of system security and stability. These purposes justify our legitimate interest in data processing and, where necessary, constitute the legal basis for this.

Our website uses cookies and similar technologies (files or texts that are downloaded to your device when you access our website). We only use the following necessary cookies that enable us to provide this website securely in the sense of the above:

Necessary cookies
These cookies are necessary for the operation of the website and therefore cannot be deselected.

    Session storage time
    Necessary standard cookie to use with PHP session data.

Your data subject rights
You can exercise the following rights at any time using the contact details provided:

  • Information about your data stored by us and its processing,
  • Correction of incorrect personal data,
  • deletion of your data stored by us,
  • Restriction of data processing if we are not yet allowed to delete your data due to legal obligations,
  • objection to the processing of your data by us and data portability, provided you have consented to the data processing or have concluded a contract with us.

If you have given us consent, you can revoke this at any time with effect for the future.

You can lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority responsible for you at any time. Your competent supervisory authority depends on the canton of your residence, your work or the alleged violation.

Purposes of data processing by the controller and third partiese
We process your personal data only for the purposes stated in this privacy policy. We do not transfer your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those stated. We will only share your personal data with third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent to this,
  • the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with you,
  • processing is necessary to comply with a legal obligation,

the processing is necessary to protect legitimate interests and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data.

Deletion or blocking of data
We adhere to the principles of data avoidance and data economy. We therefore only store your personal data for as long as is necessary to achieve the purposes stated here or as stipulated by the various storage periods provided for by law. After the respective purpose has ceased to exist or these periods have expired, the corresponding data is routinely blocked or deleted in accordance with the statutory provisions.

Collection of general information when visiting our website
When you access our website, information of a general nature is automatically collected by means of a cookie. This information (server log files) includes, for example, the type of web browser, the operating system used, the domain name of your internet service provider and the like. This is exclusively information that does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person.

This information is technically necessary in order to correctly deliver the contents of websites requested by you and is compulsory when using the Internet. In particular, it is processed for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring a smooth connection setup of the website,
  • Ensuring the smooth use of our website,
  • evaluating system security and stability, and
  • for other administrative purposes.

The processing of your personal data is based on our legitimate interest from the aforementioned data collection purposes. We do not use your data to draw conclusions about your person. Recipients of the data are only the responsible body and, if applicable, order processors.

Anonymous information of this kind may be statistically evaluated by us in order to optimise our website and the technology behind it.

SSL encryption
In order to protect the security of your data during transmission, we use state-of-the-art encryption procedures (e.g. SSL) via HTTPS.

Changes to our data protection policy
We reserve the right to adapt this data protection declaration so that it always complies with the current legal requirements or in order to implement changes to our services in the data protection declaration, e.g. when introducing new services. The new data protection statement will then apply to your next visit.

Questions about data protectionz
If you have any questions about data protection, please send us an e-mail.

September 2023