STAFF REPORT IBD: A three-day training workshop titled “Gemstone Grading, Treatment and Evaluation” has recently been concluded at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) in Islamabad, where experienced gemstone experts from relevant fields shared their professional experience with participants regarding knowledge of gemstone, their type, value, identification, classification, gradation, cutting, polishing and pricing.
The workshop, organized by the PMNH, also highlighted salient features of the gemstone trade including certain pitfalls in addition to focusing on the assessment criteria for various gemstones and outline a general pricing strategy for different marketing conditions.
Earlier, Kamran Ali Qureshi, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), had inaugurated the workshop.
Pakistan is blessed with vast natural reserves of precious, semi-precious and coloured gemstones, including ruby, sapphire, emerald, tourmaline garnet, topaz, peridot, aquamarine, spinel, pargasite, diopsite, moonstone, serpentine, jade, epidote, pink beryl (morganite), goshnite, sphene, zoisite, turquoise, epitite, agite and almost all known varieties of quartz.
The workshop of the event was aimed at complementing the gems industry and to optimally exploit the mineral resources in Pakistan. The demand of Pakistani gemstones continues to grow rapidly in the international market and there is a need to exploit the countrys natural reserves and to create a substantial niche.