By David Brough
MANAMA, Bahrain – An in-person visit to DANAT-Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones showcases the expertise of their gemmologists and the state-of-the-art equipment they use to test pearls.
Natural pearls undergo thorough procedures from “sticking” to X-Ray imaging and identification, differentiating them from cultured pearls, using the newest technologies and machinery, located in the DANAT lab in the World Trade Centre in Manama.
The data is analysed in the DANAT lab by a team of well-trained gemmologists, many of whom are women.
Pearl stringing is conducted on DANAT’s premises by some of Bahrain’s most skilled artisans.
Clients receive meticulously compiled reports from DANAT detailing the specifications of the pearls, gemstones and jewellery submitted for testing, including premium reports for high end goods.
DANAT also offers a wide range of educational courses, including gemmological qualifications as the institute is an approved teaching centre for Gem-A, and delivers its own courses in pearls and diamonds to gem lovers, jewellery designers and retail jeweller staff.
DANAT’s activities aim to meet a government objective to revive Bahrain’s centuries-old pearling industry, promoting sustainable development of pearls while conserving the ocean environment.