Our Gemologist and Designer Rashmi Sharma speaks about Zambian Gemstones with Richa Goyal Sikri, gemologist and journalist.
With 87,491 asylum seekers and refugees throughout Zambia, economic vulnerabilities predominant in refugee settlements place youths at a risk of criminal vices whilst seeking employment and livelihoods.
In a partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Jewel of Africa has extended its Apprenticeship Programme to the Commission to bring on-board identified youths from the refugee programme to access training and possible employment in the art of jewellery making.
Gemmologist Rashmi Sharma shares the little known, but sparkling truth about Zambian gemstones. Watch this talk to hear Rashmi's ideas about why Zambian gems ARE engines of economic growth. Rashmi Sharma is a shareholder of Jewel of Africa & Gemmological Institute of Zambia.
The Jewel of Africa has described Zambia’s trade agreement with the United States of America under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as a success story for the country’s gemstone industry.
Jewel of Africa Director of Sales and Marketing Rashmi Sharma says her company will continue to maximize the trade incentives that AGOA provides for the U.S to market various gemstone from Zambia.
Speaking at the exhibition held at the Embassy of Zambia in Washington D.C, Ms. Sharma said Zambia’s gemstone industry has competed favorably in the U.S market and its emerald is the best on the world market.
Ms. Sharma also said Jewel of Africa recently won an auction of emeralds from Kagem which they have embedded in a Zambia DNA.
She said Zambia currently accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s emerald on trade.
“The world is recognizing Zambia’s emerald as the best in the world. Emeralds are now ranking as number two second from Rubies followed by