Signature IIJS, the first trade show of the calendar year, set a positive tone for the coming months. The show registered a 22% growth in visitor footfalls, at 16,500 attendees, compared with last year. Plain gold and studded jewellery manufacturers reported good sales, while there was strong demand for diamond jewellery under K5 lakh. Turn to the Cover Story for a detailed report, and view some of the statement jewellery pieces highlighted in Signature Trends.
Design Inspirations, the GJEPC’s two-day trend seminar that is held just after Signature each year, provided valuable insights from some of the leading luminaries of the industry from India and abroad, including Alexandra Mor, Paola De Luca, Roza Topolnicka, Farah Khan, Siddharth Kasliwal, Payal Singhal, and Nilesh Hundekari. Spotlight summarises their viewpoints.
In a major development, the India Jewellery Park Mumbai project moved one step closer to realisation as the GJEPC and MIDC signed an MoU for its establishment. The Jewellery Park will be spread across 25 acres in Navi Mumbai, with 4 million sq ft of built-up area housing more than 5,000 gem and jewellery units. The project will attract an investment of over K13,000 crore spread across 3-5 years.
The GJEPC has strongly condemned the K12,700 crore financial scam involving Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Gems, and has agreed to support investigating agencies to reach the right conclusion. GJEPC chairman Pramod Agarwal and vice chairman Colin Shah share their views on the impact the fraud may have on the industry in this issue.
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