The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) held the grand finale of the 8th edition of its National Jewellery Awards (NJA) in Mumbai on Tuesday. This year’s event honoured winners in 16 categories, including three for excellence, five for stores, three for designers and artisans and a student of the year award. Additionally, there were awards for corporate social responsibility and women’s entrepreneurship.
GJC Chairman Anantha Padmanabhan commented,“We were overwhelmed to receive over 850 entries despite a challenging and volatile business environment. This shows the indomitable spirit of Indian jewellers.”
Vice Chairman Shaankar Sen noted that the awards were a tribute to the talent and craftsmanship of the country’s “Make in India’ artisans, manufacturers and designers. He observed, “ The NJA recognise the inspiration and innovative approach of manufacturers and marketers who create new fashion and design trends every year. They are a celebration of the best-in-class of Indian jewellery.”
The NJA jury comprised jewellery designers Queenie Singh and Poonam Soni, fashion designers Archana Kochhar and Manali Jagtap, along with Tarang Arora of Amrapali, Saurabh Gadgil of PN Gadgil and GIA India & Middle East Managing Director Nirupa Bhatt. Ernst & Young oversaw and assured the process.