It was a session on the marvels of nature and the interest human beings take in them. One such marvel of nature is diamonds, which are like dreams for most people.
A lecture by a Qatar-based diamond jewellery designer at Qatar National Library (QNL) highlighted different aspects of diamonds and shared informative guidelines that customers need to take into consideration while buying diamonds.
The session about diamonds titled “A Journey through the World of Diamonds” was headed by Jewellery Designer Einas Mohammed tomorrow. The interactive session also provided an opportunity to different jewellery industry specialists to share their knowledge and expertise in diamonds and provided audience a chance to ask interesting and probing questions.
The talk was also attended by Dr Sohair Wastawy, Executive Director of the Library: Ammar Al Kurdi, President of the Arab League for Measurement and Calibration of the GCC Countries and CEO Zabarjad and Diamond: and Yousuf Saad al-Suwaidi, Director of the Department of Consumer Protection and Commercial Fraud.
Einas shared her passion for precious stones and the knowledge she has gained through her professional experience. The lecture helped participants learn more about the origin of natural diamonds, beginning with the process of extracting the stones from the ground. In addition, Einas also spoke about countries most famous for diamonds, including Russia, the world’s leading producer of gem-quality diamonds, Angola, South Africa, Canada and Australia, famous for its yellow diamonds.
The lecture offered jewellery enthusiasts expert advice on how to add to their collections when buying or selecting high-quality diamonds, and it was followed by an informative discussion with the specialists in the field.
Women were the major part of the audience who took keen interest in the lecture and then asked relevant questions.
Einas mainly highlighted four aspects related to the precious stones. She said: “When you are buying more than one carat of diamonds as a complete piece, try to apply for a certificate of Diamonds from HRD Belgium or GIA America.”
She further said: “Remember when buying any diamond (ring or bracelet), the cut of pieces will reflect light so that diamonds do not appear pale.”
She also advised the participants by saying: “Define your budget. You can make your shopping easier because prices of diamonds depend on the size and extent of their brightness for a positive and comfortable buying experience.”
She added: “Follow your senses and previous tips also help you to understand – the price you offer to buy but in the end you should choose the closest to your heart.”
The expert further highlighted the difference between natural diamonds and industrial diamonds. Einas said: “We should have an understanding to differentiate between the two stones. It is better for the customers to buy heavier diamonds.”
In respond to a question about from where most of the diamonds come nowadays, she said: “An overwhelming volume of the diamonds in the world are made ready in India. The reason is that India has cheaper labour. The industry is also growing in China. Earlier, the major production of diamonds used to be done in Belgian but now India has the modern technologies to cut and polish the precious stones with cheap labour. The labour in Belgium is five times costlier when compared to India.”
In response to a question about how diamonds are formed, the expert said that a natural diamond is made from carbon and is the hardest natural known substance on earth. Natural diamonds are created over a period of millions of years and miles below the earth’s mantle under natural conditions of very high pressure and high temperature. Once a diamond has been created in these underground conditions, it travels via molten rock to the earth’s surface, where it is mined, refined, and turned into beautiful jewellery or used for industrial purposes.
In response to a question about how the quality of diamonds can be verified in Qatar during different exhibitions, Yousuf Saad al-Suwaidi said that every company taking part in different exhibitions has to have a local representative from Qatar. In case of a claim, the local representative of the company is responsible to address the grievances of the buyers.”
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