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Danat hosts Cartier family scion on historic Bahrain visit

MANAMA, November 26, 2022

Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (Danat) recently hosted scion of the famous Cartier family Francesca Cartier Brickell during her historic trip to the kingdom, made over a century since her great-grandfather Jacques Cartier first came to the island in the early 20th century.
The historian and scion of the famous Cartier family Francesca Cartier Brickell, concluded her historic trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain during which she was hosted by the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (Danat). 
The visit was made over a century since her great-grandfather, Jacques Cartier, first came to the island in the early 20th century.
Danat organised a comprehensive programme for Brickell’s visit to Bahrain. The tour included her attendance at Danat’s stand at the Jewellery Arabia Exhibition, during which she attended a book signing for her new book; The Cartiers which chronicles the history of her family and its role in the jewellery trade.
There was a big demand from citizens and residents who flocked to the Danat stand to buy her new book.
Brickell also gave a lecture that drew significnnat number of visitors who listened to aspects of the family connection found by Cartier in the Arabian Gulf region and Bahrain in particular, and a number of evidence, stories and photographs that date and document that stage.
Her itinerary also included a visit to Muharraq Governorate and the diving and natural pearl extraction areas where she learnt about the developments that had occurred in the field of pearl extraction and trade during the past one hundred years. 
She was also able to examine Bahrain’s role in reviving and preserving this invaluable and historic enterprise thanks to the Danat Institute and other relevant parties. Also she took part in a diving tour.
Under the coordination of Danat, and on the occasion of the historic visit, a memorial photo was taken of the Cartier family scion in the same pose as had been given earlier by her grandfather Cartier along with his business partners - Yousif bin Ahmed Kanoo, Salman bin Hussain Mattar, Jacques Cartier, Muqbel bin Abdulrahman Al Thakir, and Abdulrahman Al Ibrahim - during his visit to Bahrain in 1912, about 110 years ago.
The only difference this time was Cartier's grand daughter was seen sitting next to the grandchildren of those who had posed for the earlier photo - Fawzi bin Ahmed Kanoo, Ibrahim bin Khalifa Mattar, Muqbel bin Salman Al-Thukair and Omar bin Yousif Al-Thukair (grandson of Al Ibrahim family).
Danat Institute CEO Noora Jamsheer said the visit of Brickell to Bahrain was a resounding success which has raised the profile of Bahrain’s pearl trade and its continued efforts in reviving the natural pearl sector.
"The visit helped us recall and reflect upon Bahrain's rich history concerning pearl extraction and trade through linking the present with the past. The Cartier family have played an important role in converging artisanship with gemstone procurement, resulting in the finest jewellery in the world," stated Jamsheer.
Layal Boushahri, Director of Marketing and Communications at Danat, stressed the institute's continued desire to undertake further international friendship building initiatives as part of its mission to revive the pearl sector in the kingdom – and enhance the sector’s contribution to the national economy.-TradeArabia News Service


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