GOVT ADVISED TO ESTABLISH MORE GEMOLOGY LABORATORIES

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GOVT ADVISED TO ESTABLISH MORE GEMOLOGY LABORATORIES

GEMETSONE

 

By Lumbiwe Mwanza

 

The Government has been advised to establish more gemology laboratories that will allow small scale miners to polish locally produced gemstones at an affordable cost.

 

However, in 2017 the European Union donated a portable gemstone testing unit to the Geological Survey Department of the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development to facilitate for gemstone testing and helping to confirm the valuation of gemstones to be exported.

 

 Speaking with 5fm News an entrepreneur in gemstone polishing, Mercy Musonda says grading and identifying gemstones for export has remained a challenge.

 

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