Mumbai: The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), the national nodal trade body for the promotion and growth of trade in Gems and Jewellery sector in India, presented the fifth edition National Jewellery Awards (NJA 2015), the most prestigious awards in the gems & jewellery (G&J) industry to recognize the immense talent, innovation and creativity of its valued members and associates. Mumbai’s Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers won the Paramparik Jewellery Award –West at GJF’s NJA 2015. Mr. Nitin Khandelwal of Khandelwal Jewellers (Akola) accepted the Gem of the Year – West award from Hon. Union Minister for MSMEs Shri Kalraj Mishra, who graced NJA 2015 ceremony as chief guest.
Presented by G.I.A. and Divine Solitaire, GJF NJA 2015 is an industry’s recognition from the industry, by the industry, to the industry. Under retail category, awards were given to Reliance Jewels, Mumbai, for best diamond jewellery in vogue; Reliance Jewels, Mumbai, for best diamond jewellery in bridal; Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri -The Original, Mumbai, for best gold jewellery in vogue; and Chintamani’s Jewellery Arcade, Mumbai, for best gold jewellery in bridal. In Jadau jewellery category, awards were given to Mahesh Notandass, Mumbai, for precious stone and Shree Raj Mahal, Delhi, for non-previous stone. Jewels Emporium from Jaipur received the best coloured stone jewellery of the year. Also the Jury panel of the NJA awards selected three students from NIFT — 2 from Bangalore and 1 from Gandhinagar, for the student category awards. Two more students — one each from NID and Aesera Academy of Jewellery Design, were selected out of the remaining participants. Anand Shah (Mumbai) won unique jewellery design of the year award.
Mr. Haresh Soni, Chairman, GJF, said, “Last year was a very challenging year but we, at GJF, salute the spirit of all our members who continued to forge ahead despite all challenges. GJF NJA recognizes & supports inspiration, passion, devotion and motivation. GJF NJA 2015 honors every aspect, contribution and endeavor that goes in encouraging & enhancing innovation, creating masterpieces and setting new benchmarks in achieving business growth in the G&J sector.”
Mr. Nitin Kadam, Chairman, NJA Committee, GJF, said “Our kaarighars, craftsmen and artisans are the lifeline of India’s gems and jewellery sector. The sector has gained global popularity because of its talented craftsmen, jeweler designs, its superior practices in cutting and polishing fine diamonds and precious stones and its cost-efficiencies. GJF NJA 2015 is about crafting inspiration, passion, devotion and motivation for the sector. Honoring the innovation and creativity that inspires the flair of such talent is the core objective.”
Mr. Manish Jain, Vice Chairman, GJF, said “The trust and faith of its members, industry and government have undoubtedly contributed to this non-profit organization’s growth in the sector and established NJA Awards as the most prestigious & coveted in the industry.”
This year, GJF also has unveiled an exclusive directory of all participating jewellery designs “NJA Design Digest 2015” which showcased all the master pieces of NJA 2015 participants. NJA Design Digest 2015 will be circulated to all GJF members and associations across India.
For best unique and innovative promotion of the year, Punjabi Saraf from Indore bagged the awards while Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers from Coimbatore received the awards for best advertising campaign in print, audio and visual. The best single store of the year region wise went to PC Jewellers Delhi (north), Kothari Jewellers from Jabalpur, L Gopal Jewellers from Guwahati, Dass Jewellers from Nagpur and KGK Entice (India) from Bengaluru. The best retail chain went to PC Jewellers from Delhi.
The other nationwide best jewellers’ (Paramparik Best Jewellery) awards were bagged by M/s Hari Prasad Gopi Krishna Saraf Pvt Ltd – Gorakhpur for North India; Manik Chand & Sons (Jewellers) Private Limited – Guwahati for Central East India; and Navrathan Jewellers Pvt Ltd – Bengaluru for South India. Gem of the year – South was Shri Muthu Venkatram (of Mahalakshmi Jewellery President of Coimbatore Jewellery Manufacturer Association). Gem of the year – North was Shri Pramod Kumar Agarwal (President, Derewala Jewellery Industries limited). Gem of the year – Central East – Shri Sankar Sen (Chairman & Managing Director, Senco Gold & Diamonds). Shri Mithun Sacheti (Co-Founder & CEO CaratLane.com) was Yuva Gem of the Year.
Under Manufacture category, the best diamond, gold, Jadau and Platinum jewellery awards went to M/s Hari Krishna Group, Mumbai, Anand Shah, Mumbai, Rosentiques Fine Jewellery, Mumbai and BN Jewellers, Mumbai. The best C Z Jewellery Design of the year was bagged by M/s M. Mehta & Sons, Mumbai.