Pearl Symposium

About & Schedule

Pearl Symposium is the first formal gathering of international experts in the field of natural pearls.  A platform for technical, professional and market experts to present and discuss the latest findings, challenges, and solutions related to the field of natural pearls and the environment.

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THURSDAY: November 14, 2019
Pearl Symposium Talk (DAY 1)

HOURS

EVENT

VENUE

10:00-12:00

Tour of the Pearling Path – a UNESCO world heritage site

Pearling Path Tour

10:30-12:00

Press conference (for media only)

Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture & Research

12:00-2:00

Lunch at a seafood restaurant by the sea

Fishbone Restaurant

2:00-3:00

Opening Address – Noora Jamsheer - CEO, Bahraini Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)

Opening Address – Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri – President, CIBJO

Keynote Address – H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Daina – Chief Executive, Supreme Council for Environment, Kingdom of Bahrain

Subject: Bahrain and its Aquatic Environment

 

 

Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture & Research

3:00-3:30

Coffee Break

3:30-6:00

Presentations by laboratory/industry experts

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Presentation 1 – Justin Hunter – Owner and Operator, Fiji Pearls

Subject: Pearling and the Environment – The Blue Pledge

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Presentation 2 – Dr. Robert Carter - Visiting Professor in Arabian and Middle Eastern Archaeology, UCL

Subject: The History and Archaeology of Pearl Fishing in Bahrain and the Gulf, 5500 BC to 1950 AD

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

Presentation 3 – Noura Al Sayeh – Head of Architectural Affairs, Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities

Subject: The History of the Pearling Trail

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Presentation 4 – Dr. Mohamed Al Rumaidh – Researcher & Academic in Marine Biology & Ocean Science

Subject: Investigations on the Pearl Oyster Resources of Bahraini Waters

05:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Presentation 5 – Gina Latendresse – President, American Pearl Company Inc. of Nashville, Tennessee

Subject: The Story of Natural Pearls from the Americas

6:00-6:15

Closing remarks – Layal Bushehri – Marketing & Communications Manager, Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)

Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture & Research

6:30-7:30

An evening tour through Muharraq

Muharraq, Bahrain

7:30-8:00

A musical and artistic evening in the music hall

Mohammed Bin Faris Music Hall

8:30-10:00

Traditional Bahraini dinner

Darseen Cafe

 

FRIDAY: November 15, 2019

Pearl Symposium Talk (DAY 2)

HOURS

EVENT

VENUE

10:00-11:00

Opening panel talk with Mohammed Al Mahmood (Bahrain) and Adi Al Fardan (UAE) on pearls and the trade moderated by Kenneth Scarratt

Keynote Address – Kenneth Scarratt – Managing Partner for ICA|GemLab, Bangkok

Subject: The origins and modern trade usage of the term Keshi (“ケシ” - poppy seed) when used in connection with pearls or cultured pearls

Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture & Research

11:00-11:30

Coffee Break

11:30-1:00

Presentations by laboratory/industry experts

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Presentation 1 – Abeer Al Alawi – Executive Director, Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)

Subject: Seed Pearl Challenges

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Presentation 2 – Nicholas Sturman - Identification Manager, GIA Bangkok

Subject: Pearl Laboratory Notes

12:30 PM – 01:00 PM

Presentation 3 – Dr. Hashim Al Sayed – Associate Professor of Biological Oceanography, University of Bahrain

Subject: Pearl Oysters in Bahrain

1:00-2:30

Traditional Bahraini lunch

House of Coffee

3:00-5:30

Presentations by laboratory/industry experts

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Presentation 4 – Ali Al Atawi & Kenneth Scarratt

Subject: A Recent Expedition to Acquire & Characterise Natural Pearls from Australian Pinctada maxima 

03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Presentation 5 – Jean-Pierre Chalain – Deputy Director, Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF)

Subject: New Frontiers in Pearl Analysis: Age Dating, DNA Fingerprinting, and Novel Radiographic Methods 

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Presentation 6 – Dr. Stefanos Karampelas – Director of Research, Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)

Subject: Pearl Species Determination: Possibilities and Limitations

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Presentation 7 – Ali Safar – Natural Pearl Trader

Subject: Trade in Bahraini Pearls

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

Presentation 8 – Rui Galopim de Carvalho – Founder, Portugal Gemas Academy

Subject: A Review of Antique and Museum Pearls

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Closing session and speakers' ceremony - Noora Jamsheer - CEO, Bahraini Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT)

Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture & Research

8:30-10:30

Eclectic fusion dinner

Haus Restaurant and Lounge