Attended a three-day gem and jewelry exhibition organised by RCCI that showcased a wide range of gemstones, jewellery and mineral specimens from across the region. Gem exhibitions are spaces alive with sociability and affective power; a site with special significance for trading-friends from Karachi and Peshawar. The relationship between the public and the exhibition is framed by the larger issue of the relationship between commerce and minerals. Who are gemstones for? Who constituted its buyers?
It was interesting to see a different set of social practice, values and norms emerge between buyer and seller from the bazaar I had been observing.
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