18th PGMS 2018


Deposits in Pakistan occur in the rugged and almost inaccessible territories of the hilly regions in the North making mining of this stone is extraordinary difficult. The most extensive ruby deposits in Pakistan are located in the Hunza valley of the Gilgit Agency. The Hunza Ruby is of a transparent deep red variety. The Gem has a gradation of colors ranging from light to deep red. It is seldom without inclusions; almost all rubies contain tiny crystals for foreign matter. Some have a glittering silver web of very fine futile needless which cabochon cut display a six pointed star. The stone being brittle is generally step-cut, whilst the 'star-rubies' are cut end cabochon. After Burma, Hunza is the only other region in the world that has produced "Blood Red ruby.


Some of the finest Emeralds in the World are being mined in the Picturesque valley of Swat. According to Dr. Edward Gubelin, the Celebrated Gemologist, these Emeralds "have become well known for their brilliant, medium to deep green color as well as for their unique transparency, comparable to the fines specimens from Muzo, Colombia. Emerald is the most beautiful of the colored stones & hard and geologically rare. They represent a major member of the classic group of Gemstones with Diamond, Ruby & Blue Sapphire. Emerald from Pakistan is fortunately able to combine freedom from the most unsightly inclusion with reasonable range of size & quite magnificent color


It occurs in the Shigar valley of Baltistan, Chitral, Kaghan and in the Neelam Valley of Azad Kashmir. The Gem is transparent and ranges from sky-blue to sea-green in color. Like the emerald, the Aquamarine belongs to the beryl group and has hexagonal crystalline structure, but is always step cut.

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Welcome to APCEA

Mr. Manzoor Elahi, Chairman

I am indeed thankful to ALLAH the Almighty for giving me the honor to perform as Chairman of this esteemed Association. I am also very grateful to all founder and senior members, my friends and colleagues for supporting me.

I acknowledge the continuous efforts and sincere work of my predecessors highlighting the key issues of APCEA at all forums toward getting solutions thereof. I with the support and guidance of the Patron-in-Chief Haji Mamoor Khan, former Chairmen, executive committee and all members, would make further efforts for resolving the critical issues of the gemstone sector.

In fact, the gemstone businessmen are facing many challenges in running business. These challenges have narrowed the inflow channel of precious foreign exchange. The gemstone export has got to the lowest ever level which is a serious threat to the national economic growth and increasing the un-employment at the community level.

I will welcome and encourage the esteemed members of APCEA to convey their problems and any policy issues, so that the same could be taken up with the concerned departments and ministries. Consultative meeting with the relevant quarters shall be arranged to table our issues for remedial measures.

I again thank all of you for posing confidence on me, and in-sha-ALLAH, we shall put our best to meet the expectations of our seniors and valued members.

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