Wartski is a family owned firm of art and antique dealers, specialising in fine jewelry, gold boxes and works by Fabergé. The firm has sponsored and supported academic research evidenced by their many members publications. They also have contributed to jewelry education by way of jewelry exhibitions, either on their premises or loaning pieces to museums/collections open to the public. recommended!
The Smithsonian Institute's "National Gem and Mineral Collection" is one of the greatest collections of its kind in the world. Over 375,000 individual specimens include such famous pieces as the Hope Diamond and the Star of Asia Sapphire, plus a research mineral collection in constant demand by scientists all over the world. recommended!
The Mineral Sciences collections include minerals, rocks, meteorites, gems, and related synthetic materials. In overall significance the mineral collection probably ranks 4th in the United States and it is the most important west of Washington, D.C. The gem collection ranks 3rd in the country after those at the National Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History. Besides a fine worldwide representation the greatest strengths of the mineral collection are minerals from California, native gold, and gem crystals. recommended!
University of Cambridge's museum displaying some of the finest specimens from their collection of more than 40000 minerals and gemstones from around the world. Open all year long (see site for opening hours) and admission is free.
CISGEM is the Public Service for the Regulation of Gem Materials and Precious Metals. It was set up in 1966 by the Ministry of Industry as an office of the Milan Chamber of Commerce. One of the seven members of the The Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC)