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Hanco ZwaanChief Gemological Advisor, the Netherlands
Job description: providing easy-to-understand and correct information on gemstones and pearls
What does your job entail: On a daily basis, I test many gems and pearls in the laboratory. Therefore, I constantly focus on the latest technological developments in the field of gemmology and on the discovery of new gem occurrences. From this experience, I distill information that I feel is important to the professional and the public.
What do you bring to the table: Years of experience in gemmology and geology of gem deposits, and a passion for always learning more and sharing new information.
Favorite jewellery type: 'less is more' type
Favorite gemstone: emerald
Overall personal style: informal
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Guilty pleasure: liquorice
3 words describing yourself: curious, flexible, tenacious
Something worth paying for: grand piano
Most surprising fact about you: I dream of being a top jazz musician
Fondest memory: Field-work in Zimbabwe
Life's ambition: to make the world a better place