Afghanistan Will Launch Its First Gemstone Certification Lab

Afghanistan’s first gemstone certification lab and lapidary to be launched in June 2020 with support from USAID INVEST.

According to, the gemstone certification lab in Afghanistan will identify, certify, cut and polish the stones as per international guidelines and will play a crucial role in introducing the gems of Afghanistan to the international market.

The lab will provide internal mining, sorting, identification, certification, and value-added services which will steer the nation’s gemstone sector toward self-reliance, create employment opportunities and generate revenue for the government and businesses.

USAID INVEST is providing technical and financial assistance to facilitate the formation of the lab, including procuring equipment, finding gemologists, and marketing the lab domestically and internationally.

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