Gem And Jewellery Hubs
In every major city there is a Gold, Silver and jewellery market called the Sarafa Bazaar with shops and showrooms aligned on both sides of the busy streets. Bullion dealers and ornament manufacturing workshops co-exist side by side. Karachi and Lahore are largest hubs of bullion trade. Adept workers and flourishing markets are the key factors, which back the industry.
Apart from jewellery trading and manufacturing, Karachi is also well-known for gemstone trading and processing. Additionally, other Allied materials are also being traded in Karachi. Rawalpindi and Faisalabad are also considered to be the major centers for jewellery manufacturing and trading.
The nucleus of gemstone trade in Pakistan is NamakMandi, Peshawar. Originally a market for salt trade, this network of streets and alleys with hundreds of shops and offices is the perfect place for the local and International traders of gemstones. Fanciful ruby, emerald, peridot, tourmaline, topaz, Lapis Lazulli and aquamarine are some of the popular gemstones available here. Fine crystals and mineral specimens are also sold by specialized dealers.
Other Significant centers for gemstone trading and processing include Karachi, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Gilgit, Swat and Quetta, to name a few.