The Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) organised a remote two-day workshop in collaboration with the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM), during which Saudi Customs employees were trained to examine gemstones imported and exported by traders or carried by departing or returning travellers. The training on customs’ evaluation for gemstones was conducted according to the highest international standards.
The first workshop during the seminar was presented by CEO of DANAT, Noora Jamsheer, during which she explained to the employees of the Saudi Customs the most recent and effective scientific methods used in customs control of jewellery transported through border crossings in addition to the difference between rough and polished stones. The workshop also reviewed the classifications of gemstones such as diamonds, pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and others, aside from the scientific mechanism for determining the value of gemstones and their customs identification codes.
The seminar was conducted by DANAT’s qualified employees, who possess long-standing academic and practical experience in the field of pearls, jewellery, and gemstones, and have mastered the required training skills for delivering information to trainees remotely.
The two-day seminar included several key topics, such as the definition of gemstones, the geological conditions of their formation and how to extract and process them. The team also described the different types, specifications, and composition of each gemstone. Participants were trained to distinguish between original and synthetic gemstones, how to read official certificates that document the type, size, and specifications of the gemstone, and the mechanism for conducting scientific tests, in addition to the diverse uses of gemstones.
Mrs. Jamsheer stated that DANAT is pleased to work with the Saudi Authority for Accredited Valuers (TAQEEM) to provide these specialised qualitative seminars to raise awareness of gemmology.
Secretary-General of Taqeem, Sultan Al Jorais, said: “This seminar provided us with an impressive start by a specialised and capable partner in the precious metals and gemstones sector, DANAT. The valuation of precious metals and gemstones is essential in preserving rights and protecting interests, whether in sales and purchases, dispute settlement and liquidation of estates, or foreclosure and investment operations.”
“Taqeem is currently preparing an integrated program to qualify and license the practitioners of this profession,” he concluded.