The virtually unimaginable world hidden within a gemstone opens up an entirely new and fascinating dimension in the appreciation of gems. The outer splendour and elegance of a gem are complemented by an inner mystery that enriches its inherent beauty.

The term ‘inclusion’ summarises any feature that can be detected inside a gemstone. These can consist, for example, of tiny daughter minerals, fluid inclusions, tiny fractures or fissures or even trapped gases. Such inclusions give a stone not only character but also a fingerprint, something that differentiates it from other stones and makes it wholly unique. However, this fingerprint also reveals valuable information. For example, by using modern analysis techniques, it is possible not only to determine the stone’s natural origin but also to derive information about the environment in which it grew, and thus its geological and geographical origin.

Since synthetic materials and stones have become increasingly common, inclusions have gained additional significance. They guide us when distinguishing a creation of nature from a laboratory-grown product.