Ruby, Quartz and Topaz among magnanimous reserves at Gilgit Baltistan


Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC) has established a Gems and Jewellery Training and Manufacturing Center (GJTMC) in Gilgit. PGJDC estimated that almost 95 percent of precious and semi-precious stones in Pakistan were found in Gilgit Baltistan(GB). Under the supervision of PJGDC, the GJTMC in Gilgit aims to achieve excellence through improvement of human resource skills as well as by extending its productions in both Pakistan and the rest of the world. This facility is equipped with latest lapidary machines and gemmological equipment from Japan, Germany and Sri-Lanka. Experienced staff to operate the latest machinery, coverage of the live mines of Ruby, Quartz, Topaz and other gemstones and most of all, the scenic beauty of this area makes it the finest training institute in Pakistan. “GB has immensely abundant resources of coloured gemstone treasures…This area is blessed with unlimited and heavy deposits of precious and semi-precious stones, precious and semi-precious metals, and industrial stones like Ruby, Gold, Topaz, Aquamarine, Tourmaline, Epidote, Paragasite, Zircon, Actinolite, Lead, Moonstone, Himalayan Quartz, Emerald, Marble, Granite, Feldspar, Mica, Calcite, Feldspar, Antimony, Graphite, Alum, Coal, Copper, Barite, China Clay, ” an official said. He further said that despite the abundance of these heavy gems and mineral wealth, there was no coordinated effort to reap these natural benefits. “We have imported Gemstone faceting carving, gemmology and manual jewellery designing training to many students and the number is continuously increasing”, another official said. GJTMC, Gilgit has modified its form grinding machine for the grinding and calibration of stones. The Gem Lab is also operational on commercial basis for identification and certification of gemstones.


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