Which institutions in Kenya offer this course and how many qualified gemmologists
do we have in Kenya?
Mr Pardieu will be supporting renowned British gemmologist
and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) South East Asia director Kenneth Scarratt, who will head a new state-of-the-art pearl and gem testing laboratory in Bahrain.
The multiple shadow edges can understandably create confusion for gemmologists
Ilyas Ali Shah, a PGJDC gemmologist
, is conducting this training course.
Although uncommon, the stones covered are within the range of those that may be seen by a practising gemmologist
Ten participants from Gems sector have been enrolled for this training course, which is being conducted under the supervision of Ilyas Shah, a gemmologist
Located in the Al Fanar hall for the duration of the show, in addition to complimentary consultation services, the DANAT exhibition will comprise of a jewellery and precious stone display, VIP lounge and history corner, as well as educational seminars conducted by its team of expert gemmologists
. Visitor consultations will provide consumers with a brief analysis of gemstones, pearls, and jewellery pieces.
"We have an in-house team of highly skilled experts in modern and antique jewellery and qualified gemmologists
who will be working with the Assay Office to obtain further independent gradings."
Emeralds of gem market importance now have to be accompanied through their commercial wanderings by certificates of origin as well as statements showing whether or not their color has been "improved," so gemmologists
will find excellent examples of what they must now seek inside the stones.
Ian's reputation for industry excellence spread far and wide, and his gemmological laboratory was recognized by both the Accredited Gemmologists
Association in the USA and the International Coloured Gemstone Association.
Although oriented toward mineral collectors, some items of interest to gemmologists
that appeared in 2014 include tourmaline from Brazil, Tanzania and Nepal; gem-quality wurtzite and colour-change axinite-(Mg) from Merelani, Tanzania; demantoid from Iran; benitoite from California; and daylight-luminescent hyalite opal from Mexico (as reported in this issue of The Journal).