Gulf Gemology Mag, Special Issue
Welcome to our Gulf Gemology Mag Special Issue which is also the first issue, created as a celebration of the experiences collected during this first year of the Gulf Institute of Gemology. Indeed, it represents a miscellaneous assortment of contents, all linked together by one fil rouge: why a Gemological Institute in Oman?
The answer to this question is represented by three words: Education, Laboratory and Research, the three cores of GIG institute, narrated through the experiences lived by the Institute’s team during this year.
We start with the most important lessons learned from the actual pandemic: the importance of education and particularly, of e-education, written by Professor Eva Kountouraki, where the process and outcomes of online education are compared to the traditional one.
Jumping a little back in time before Covid-19 with the restrictions and lockdowns that are changing the world as described in Market Insight, the institute took part in several international events, such as the CIBJO congress and the international Peretti Burmese Amber Inclusions Symposium. In the first case, the spotlight article A look at CIBJO and GIG Membership underlines the importance for the Omani Institute as part of the major international association for the jewellery and gemstone world, where only a few gemological laboratories in the world are accepted and where GIG has the chance to give its contribution in the ethical rules and regulations of the trade.
Remaining at the international stage, in The Talk section we are proud to present our special guest Mr. Vincenzo Liverino, the worldwide reference point for coral and GIG Ambassador in the world, who narrated the importance of the Arabic influences and culture of the tradition of coral manufacturing and handcraft art.
But we cannot forget how important it is to be here in Oman and what the Sultanate of Oman represents among the other GCC countries and the rest of the world, as described by Mr. Fabio D’Amico in A Glimpse of Oman.
In Gulf Gemology Mag one of our main purposes is to give to our readers accurate and up-to-date information concerning gemstones, from a scientific gemological point of view. In this scene Lisa Greggio in How Can I Help You explains the importance of a gemological laboratory taking under consideration the modern necessities and problems of the international market. Moreover, we present the Ethiopian Opals, for the Gem-Passport column and, following the latest materials found in the trade, “Lonsdaleite Diamond”: What is all the Fuss About?, a scientific article written by Musa & Greggio. In the Lab Notes, some interesting cases analyzed by the GIG Gem Lab team during this year are reported, such as Libyan Desert Glass, an uncommon type of diamond, the latest generation of Sapphire treatment and others.
In the final part of our magazine you will find a section dedicated to the Gemological FAQs, prepared by Muna Al Bulushi, in two languages, English and Arabic. Finally, to close this special first issue in the best way, we give the floor to Mr. Fabio D’Amico who describes his vision about the Businesses Responsibilities in a heartfelt letter.
My dear reader, I’d be delighted to invite you to follow our story as narrated in this issue,
Wishing you to enjoy the read,
Editor in Chief