Welcome to DANAT
As a reflection of Bahrain’s ancient pearling history and the strong desire to protect this heritage, DANAT was established as the guardian of global gemmological excellence. It plays a vital role in ensuring, protecting and enhancing public trust in pearls, gemstones and jewellery. DANAT is an authority on industry standards, scientific knowledge and education, and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional and personal ethics.Read More
Trust, Ethics and TransparencyDANAT seeks to become the world’s preferred centre for natural pearl and gemstones third party verification services. It aims to establish itself as the respected channel for international markets, serving both local and global clients and bolstering the reputation of the Kingdom as a leading centre for gemstone expertise.
Licenced by the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce & Tourism, DANAT is certified and equipped to examine pearls and gemstones, and provide clients with various reports authenticating and verifying their precious possessions. DANAT provides both standard and enhanced report formats strictly in accordance with published fee schedules.Read More
An Accessible Location
The Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT) is located in the East Tower of Bahrain’s prestigious World Trade Centre. The offices are above Moda Mall, a premier high-end jewellery shopping centre with extensive car parking facilities. Bahrain’s historic Souk, a 15-minute walk away, is home to a vast variety of jewellery outlets, many established by long-time pearling families. Jewellery, a popular commodity, can be found in several malls from Bahrain’s City Centre to Al Aali and Seef Malls, all minutes away by car. Even the Bahrain International Airport (amongst the world’s speediest) is a mere 15-minute drive.Contact Us
Experiments in using atypical ‘beads’ and mantle interference in the production of cultured pearls with Australian Pinctada maxima
Since approximately 2010 a practice has been developed of using low quality natural pearls as the substrates for cultured nacre growth.
Black Non-Nacreous Natural Pearls from Pteria sp
The Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT), Manama, recently received a 5.70 ct black pearl (9.49–9.51 ´ 8.75 mm) and an 11.84 ct black and brown pearl (13.63–13.71 ´ 9.55 mm), both of button shape (Figure 1).
Natural Pearls from Australian Pincada Maxima
The fascinating and colorful history of natural pearling in Australian waters is presented, from the early six-man luggers to the large ships in modern fleets where pearl culture has been the focus for the past
DANAT’s Research Director works with University of Nantes to deliver the Advanced Gemmological Diploma
DANAT’s Research Director Dr. Stefanos Karampelas, amongst his many qualifications, obtained the Advanced Gemmological Diploma from the University of Nantes in 2007. A number of years later he now represents DANAT as a lecturer for the Advanced Gemmological Diploma at Nantes university.
The Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT) was privileged to host David Warren, Senior International Jewellery Director, and Max Fawcett, Jewellery Specialist from Christie’s, the premier international fine art, gemstones and jewellery auctioneers, at their laboratory.
The Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT) recently held a special ceremony during which staff received the ‘HRD Antwerp Certified Diamond Grader’ Diploma following the completion of DANAT’s frst externally taught gemmology course, provided by HRD Antwerp (HRD). HRD is Europe’s leading authority in diamond certification.