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Jewellery specialist

Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
November 04, 2019

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Rizwan Ali Mahmood





Highly motivated Jewellery Specialist with more than twenty five years in the business. Excellent understanding of the dynamics of: jewellery, diamonds, coloured stones and precious metals and can give experienced and informed advice. Further expert in retail high jewellery industry, particularly the sales, designing and merchandising of exceptional gems. Excellent product knowledge and passion for selling high jewellery with ability to cultivate and sustain customer relationships. Experience in detailed and descriptive assessment of the individual item in hand, including stone identification, diamond grading, stone measurements and carat conversion, grading of diamond, gold content, manufacturing process used, gemstone treatments, distinguishing natural or synthetic origin, style description, authenticity of providence and technical merit assessment.

Ability to create and determine the content of training needs for effective selling, product knowledge and provide a cost appraisal prior to work being done.

Gemological Institute of

America Qualifications

AJP Accredited Jewellery


Diamond Grading

Pearl Grading Lab

Color Stone Grading Lab

Gem Identification Lab

Academic Qualification

Reading for a “Masters in Public

Administration” in Colombo


HND in Jewellery Design and


(Full Time 2years)

Sri Lanka Technical College


Jewellery Consultant for Jewellery Business Development Center/ Colombo [Sri Lanka] Duration Since July 2018 City Colombo.

• Ability to understand current market trends and buying psychology. Also strong experience buying within a jewelry industry environment provides market expertise to maximize the business and optimize stocks.

• We have Supported underperforming jewelry stores and driving growth through commercially successful jewelry collections and expanding their reach in the gem community through innovative partnerships. Nurture uncommon jewelry through remarkable designs by independent makers, and we did it with a positive impact on people and their stores.

We are always on the hunt for the next great uncommon collection and are passionate about the people and the products we work with. While ensuring product value, quality and styling.

Jewellery Consultant for Jewellery Business Development Center/Dubai Design District [United Arab Emirates] Duration August 2017 to March 2018 City Dubai.

• Proposed a Jewellery Incubator project with Mr Tawheed Abdulla (Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group Chairmen and Director of Jawhara Jewellery) at National Institute for Vocational Education – Dubai

• Initiated a Jewellery Academy project at Dubai Metal and Commodity Center (DMCC) – Dubai

• Worked on a SME project for Emerati Jewellery Designers and successfully produced Jewellery collections for their special Emirati Designer Stall and marketed at “Sharjah Watch and Jewellery Show” 2017/2018

• Successfully created “Jewellery Designers SME Group” with more than 25 active members. Providing advisory services to product development, Marketing strategies, quality improvement and packing development, visual merchandising, etc. Represented UAE as

Jewellery Expert

World Skills London 2011

World Skills Leipzig 2013

World Skills Sao Paolo 2015

Chief Expert Jewellery

Emirates Skills National

Competition 2011-2016

Member of Dubai International

Jewellery week Design Awards

Judging panel

Jewellery Expert World Skills International and Chief Expert Jewellery for Secondary Technical School/Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute [Government of United Arab Emirates] Duration August 2014 to July 2017 City Abu Dhabi Responsibilities

• Deliver the training and mentorship in ‘Jewellery fabrication and repair’ to the UAE World Skills competitor and National Skills competitors.

• Responsible for the departmental administrative tasks.

• Providing mentoring, advice and support to students on a personal level to transform the design to gold.

Jewellery Specialist/Jewellery Instructor for National Institute for Vocational Education [Government of United Arab Emirates] Duration 15-Feb-2009 to July 2014 City Dubai


• Providing mentoring, advice and support to students on a personal level:

• Fabricate and repair precious and semi-precious metal jewellery,

• Examine, cut, shape and polish diamonds using optical instruments,

• Examine, cut, shape and polish precious and synthetic gems using optical instruments,

• Appraise gemstones and diamonds to differentiate between stones, identify rare specimens and to detect peculiarity affecting stone values,

• Set precious and semi-precious stones in jewellery mountings, according to specifications

• Create determine the content of course syllabus, course assessment, course materials, and activities for effective presentation and meet the outcomes of the course.

• To design and develop materials for some of HND in Jewellery Business Development units to meet students and employer needs and to meet external accreditation standards.

• Responsible for the departmental administrative tasks.

• Reason Leaving Better prospects

Assistant Faculty Jewellery Making for ARY Academy

[United Arab Emirates] Duration 24-Jun-2008 to 19-Dec-2008 City Dubai Responsibilities Develop, deliver and evaluate Jewellery Making curriculum and Product Development.

Shop Manager for Damas Jewellery

[United Arab Emirates] Duration 17-Feb-2001 to 25-Jul-2008 City Dubai Responsibilities Deal with customers efficiently and effectively:

• Diamond, Gemstone, and Metal Clean and Polish

• Diamond and Gemstone Replacement

• Diamond and Gemstone Upgrading

• Ring Resizing

• Prong Tightening

• Chain, bracelet and clasp Replacement and Repair

• Pearl Restringing

• Antique, Vintage Item, and Heirloom Restoration

• And many other repair services

Maximising sales through a targeted, interesting product range, effective visual layout and in-store

Supported RAK Academy for

Gifted to initiate jewellery



Developing Designs for

exceptional Gems







Team work

Quality assurance

Field trips

IT skills

IC3 Digital Literacy Certification

Jewellery Designer for Lanka Jewellery

[Sri Lanka] Duration Feb-2000 to Jan- 2001 City Colombo Responsibilities Developing new diamond jewellery designs for international markets (Actual size and estimation for the piece). Contribute to the design and development of all products with in the jewellery ranges working closely with buying teams.

Reason Leaving Better Prospect

Jewellery Designer for Lazude Diamond Jewellery LLC

[Saudi Arabia] Duration Feb-1996 to Dec-1999 City Riyadh Responsibilities Developing new diamond jewellery designs for High Jewellery (Actual size and estimation for the piece). Contribute to the design and development of all products with in the jewellery ranges. Working closely with Production Manager and Sales Manager.

Reason Leaving Better Prospect



• Managing cooperates and academic projects by providing guidance and feedback to help them improve their revenue strengthen their skills and knowledge base.

• Excellent time management skills to ensure targets are met and plans completed efficiently.

• Willing to take responsibility for the quality of Collections delivered and to make necessary changes to improve quality and maintain standards.

• Able to organize events and establish contacts with the wider academic and trade community.


• Being aware of curriculum developments and industry developments.

• Ability to maintain high standards of achievement, behavior, discipline and punctuality amongst clients and students. Knowledge of health and safety issues.

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