The Austrian Gemmological Association (Ö.GEM.G.) was founded in 1991 as the successor of the First Austrian Gemmological Association. The non-profit organization is serving in the gemmological field and has a very close cooperation with the state Gemmological Institute of the Museum of Natural History. The Ö.GEM.G. is the only Austrian registered CIBJO Institute, authorized by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, and is thus also under the control of an international umbrella organization of the gem and jewellery industry.