GRS Gem Research Swiss lab AG, an acclaimed international gemological research institution is celebrating its 20th foundation anniversary this year. The research institute has in the last two decades made numerous contributions to the jewelry and gemstone industry.
Among the countless contributions made by GRS, one of the most prominent ones has been introducing the terms “Pigeon’s Blood” and “Royal Blue” to describe the colors of ruby and sapphire, respectively. Naming the colors of the gemstones was first done in a publication in 1996 and since then they have become internationally accepted. The gem lab is headed by gemologist Dr. Adolf Peretti.
The gem lab recently discovered a mineral that was subsequently named Perettiite, after the GRS founder and CEO’s name. The uniqueness of the mineral, according to Dr. Peretti, is that it is a “needle-like orange mineralwith a new crystal structure discovered in the Mogok market in Myanmar.”
According to GRS, the mineral was named by the famous gemologist as a lifetime achievement award for his dedicated service to the gemstones industry.
GRS has in the past also been instrumental in detecting new synthetic treatments for colored gemstones. The institution also specializes in treatment detection for sapphire, spinel, and ruby.