The centre of Gemstone Research at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz is part of the Mineralogical Sciences within the Institute of Geosciences.
Based on a contract between the University of Mainz and the town of Idar Oberstein the "Institute of Gemstone Research, Idar Oberstein" was created. The institute is administrated by the Centre of Gemstone Research. In Idar Oberstein the Johannes Gutenberg University has an office (Am Markt, Idar Oberstein, Tel. ++(0)6781/44767) cared for by the Department of Gemstone Research. The tasks of the Institute of Gemstone Research, Idar Oberstein are divided in two groups:
1.) The original duties of a university institute in research and teaching.
2.) Problems from the gemmological sector have to be processed, e.g.:
The Institute of Gemstone Research also works on mineralogical problems for external companies. Therefore all analytic methods and possibilities of the Institute for Geoscience/Mineralogy of the Johannes Gutenberg university are available.
The following list of the Centre/Institute of Gemstone Research, Idar Oberstein, gives examples of research services:
In the case of fundamental problems the facilities of the Institute of Gemstone Research are free of charge for the gemstone industry and the gemstone traders of the Idar-Oberstein region. Scientific co-operation with other institutions are welcome.