Ali Al-Atawi has over 16 years of customer service experience in pearl and gemstone testing. Most recently, he served as the Head of the Gem & Pearl Testing Laboratory from 2014 to 2017; Head of the Pearl Unit from 2009 to 2014; and Senior Gemmologist from 2005 to 2009 at the Gem and Pearl Testing Laboratory of Bahrain.
He is a qualified gemmologist with Diplomas in Graduate Pearl Grading and Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Among his educational experiences and courses, he has undertaken Ruby-Sapphire Heat Treatment at GEMLAB INC in Thailand. In addition, he has participated in the development of a number of published research papers on pearls, and aspires to be an active contributor to the development and standardisation of pearl testing globally and to further develop Bahrain’s position as a centre for excellence in pearl and gemstone testing.