DANAT participates in FEEG Symposium

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Manama, Sept. 18 (BNA): The Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) participated in the Federation for European Education in Gemmology (FEEG) Symposium.


The symposium was held at the Arab World Institute, (AWI) in Paris.


The conference featured an outstanding lineup of speakers and experts, including leading gemologists from across the world, congregating to present diplomas to Europe’s emerging gemologists.


DANAT became the only Arab and non-European entity to join the FEEG organization in 2021.


DANAT CEO Noora Jamsheer presented the history of the pearl industry and addressed the factors that impacted the demand for natural pearls.


Jamsheer addressed the recent challenges facing the gemology industry because of the surge in lab-grown diamonds that are not declared and sold to customers as natural diamonds.


"We are pleased to have taken part in the Symposium, this collaboration with FEEG stands as a testament to our continued pursuit of excellence, enabling us to position the Kingdom as a global authority on the pearling industry and we look forward to driving Bahrain’s National Plan to revive the Pearl Sector globally," Jamsheer said.


She remarked that it is the industry’s responsibility to ensure disclosure and transparency to minimize the threats from the luxury industry.


DANAT’s Research Manager and Marine Biologist Reem Al Mealla presented the methodology for the research project highlighting Bahrain’s ongoing endeavors to assess the status of Al Hayrat (pearl oyster beds) in the Kingdom and the changes encountered over the last decade.