Bahrain Directorate of Precious Metals & Gemstone Testing and IGI join hands

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Directorate of Precious Metals & Gemstone Testing and IGI join hands to enhance opportunities in professional jewellery designing

Manama, Bahrain; May 07, 2012: For the first time jewellery design professionals, connoisseurs and enthusiasts in Bahrain have the chance to learn practical step by step approach to jewellery designing from International Gemological Institute (IGI), one of the world’s largest independent laboratories for testing and grading gemstones and fine jewellery. IG’s School of Gemology in association with the Directorate of Precious Metals & Gemstone Testing in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Kingdom of Bahrain, is introducing the two week jewellery designing programme.

IGI School of Gemology offers an unrivalled range of programmes focused on various facets of diamond grading and jewellery designing.The current programme offered in Bahrain will highlight jewellery designing techniques, practical factors of jewellery designing on how the creative designs can be converted into actual wearable jewellery and basic details about diamonds and coloured stones. This exclusive training programme is a practical approach towards professional jewellery designing and by the end of the course, the students will be able to create their own jewellery designs.

Ali Mohammad Safar, Director of Directorate of Precious Metals & Gemstone Testing, said: “The jewellery industry experiences a strong demand for fashionable, creative and unique jewellery designs. The gems and jewellery industry in Bahrain has seen steady growth over the last few years and we are delighted to provide the most professional and comprehensive educational programme in jewellery design in association with IGI to meet the needs of the industry and also to help enhance the skills of anyone interested in jewellery design.”

In order to pursue the course there are no practical pre-requisites. The programme will take place from May 12- 24th at the premises of the ‘Directorate of Precious Metals & Gemstone Testing’ in the Ministry at Diplomatic area, Manama city. A maximum of 15 students are accepted per class.

According to Nico D’Haemer, Managing Director, IGI, “Our jewellery designing programmes are well known world over for giving a comprehensive introduction to the creative world of design and craftsmanship. Students are shown how to illustrate and handcraft jewellery designs which will help them to create their own portfolio with the help of our professional coaches. The course enables them to start on a career in jewellery design with established companies, set up their own business or just learn out of interest.”

All students will receive a fully equipped design kit and complete Lab manual which will help aid professional designing. On successful completion of the course, they will be awarded the internationally recognized ‘Diploma in Professional Jewellery Design’ issued by IGI, Belgium.

The fee is BD 680 payable to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

IGI has been a pioneer in gemological courses that are today available in 11 languages targeting students from over 95 different countries.

About International Gemological Institute [IGI]:

The International Gemological Institute, the world’s largest independent laboratory for testing and evaluating gemstones and fine jewelry, was established in 1975 in Antwerp and is located in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Seepz Zone, Kolkata, New Delhi, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Thrissur, Surat, Chennai, Ahmedabad. IGI is an ISO accredited worldwide organization. Over five million gems and jewels bearing the IGI report have been traded in more than 120 countries.

Along with Certification, IGI is also known for its ‘School of Gemology’. The school focuses on imparting education to students on various facets of diamond grading and jewellery designing. It serves as a platform to align standards to the International Grading System.

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