Dr. Jayshree Panjikar is an internationally recognized authority on gemmology. She is the Chief Mentor and Strategic Adviser to Pangemtech – Panjikar Gem Research & Tech Institute, Pune. Earlier she played a very active role as the Chief Adviser at the Seamedu’s Institute of Gem & Jewellery. For almost 30 years she was the Head of the R & D Department of the National Research Center for Diamonds and Gemstones and the Course Coordinator as well as the Chief Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of India, Mumbai.
In 1975, Jayshree graduated from Fergusson College Pune, University of Pune and stood first class first with distinction at the B. Sc. (Hons.) in Geology. She successfully completed her FGA (UK) from Gemological Association of Great Britain in 1977. Also did her Diploma (DGemG) from the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesellschaft, Idar Oberstein in Germany in the year 1984. From 1987 to 1989 she was the DAAD scholar in Germany at the Heidelberg University to do her doctoral work on Rubies and Emeralds of Indian origin. Jayshree Panjikar is the first Indian lady to study for her doctoral thesis on gemstones at the Heidelberg University in Germany. She has authored and presented papers on gemmology at National and International Gemmological conferences and seminars. She is associated with various institutions of gemmological studies in the country. 2000 saw Dr. Jayshree in Antwerp to do the diploma, Certified Diamond Grader (HRD) Belgium. In 2006 she did an Advanced Gemmology Research Program on Raman Spectroscope & FTIR from GIT, Thailand. From GIA she successfully completed her Graduate Pearl Diploma in 2009.
Dr. Panjikar is the member of the Gemstone Panel of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). She is also on the Precious Metal and Gemstone Panel of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and has taken very active role in the formation of the BIS standards for Diamonds. Recently she has been nominated as Executive Council Member of the International Gemmological Conference (IGC). Dr. Jayshree Panjikar is a member of the Advisory Board of Asian Institute of Gemmological Sciences Thailand (AIGS)and as well as on the expert committee of the Gem & Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT). From 2011 to 2015 Dr. Jayshree Panjikar will work as member of the Board of Studies for Geology for the University of Mumbai.
She is the Life Member of various prestigious organization like the Indian Science Congress, Indian Geological Congress, Geological Society of India, Mineralogical Society of India, as well a member of the International Alumni Association of the Heidelberg University Germany. Dr. Jayshree Panjikar is also one of the founders of the Forum of Indian Gemologists for Scientific Studies and the President of the Jewellery Designers Association and works for the propagation and development of gemology in India. Dr. Jayshree Panjikar co-authored the book “Gemstones – Properties and Identification”.
Born on 1st April 1955 in Pune, Dr. Jayshree Panjikar is the proprietor of Pangem Testing Laboratory in Pune.