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 Transparency DANAT 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. Read More
  • Reporting 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.

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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).

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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
several decades.

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DANAT: Introducing the leading Institute for the study and certification of pearls

Bahrain translates from Arabic as “two seas”; the first of which is surrounding the Kingdom, and the second is large reserves of fresh underground water. Here, the extraction of natural pearls has been going on for many years, a practice that ancient scholars, merchants and travellers have written about and something which Bahrain is famous […]

Sanad’s Pearl

A Bahraini diver, Sanad Abdullah bin Juffin, found two rare pearls, weighing 18 carats and 9 carats respectively, in the northern oyster beds (hayrat) at a depth of 18 meters. The average size of pearls in Bahrain is between 1 and 2 carats. The larger, 18 carat pearl will be prized by jewelers and collectors […]

DANAT Extends Sponsorship Support to International Gemmological Conference in France

DANAT was the Ruby Sponsor of the 36th edition of the International Gemmological Conference – August 27 to 31, 2019 at Nantes, France DANAT’s Consultant, Kenneth Scarratt, Executive Director, Abeer Al Alawi and Research Director Stefanos Karampelas took part in the conference.  Over 100 invited delegates comprising gemmologists, and other scientists with a focus on […]