Pearl Symposium

Talks

Press conference

Opening Address

Opening Address

Opening Address by Noora Jamsheer – CEO, Bahrain Institute for Pearls & Gemstones (DANAT) and Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri – President, CIBJO

Bahrain and its Aquatic Environment

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

Pearling and the Environment – The Blue Pledge

Justin Hunter – Owner and Operator, Fiji Pearls

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

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

The History of the Pearling Trail

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

Investigations on the Pearl Oyster Resources of Bahraini Waters

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

The Story of Natural Pearls from the Americas

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

Day II Opening panel talk

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

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

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

Seed Pearl Challenges

Abeer Al Alawi – Pearl Expert

Pearl Laboratory Notes

Nicholas Sturman – Identification Manager, GIA Bangkok

Pearl Oysters in Bahrain

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

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

Kenneth Scarratt – Managing Partner for ICA|GemLab, Bangkok

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

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

Pearl Species Determination: Possibilities and Limitations

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

Trade in Bahraini Pearls

Ali Safar – Natural Pearl Trader

A Review of Antique and Museum Pearls

Rui Galopim de Carvalho – Founder, Portugal Gemas Academy