Rich in culture and tradition, India’s unrivalled expertise in jewellery manufacturing and design makes it a force to be reckoned with in the global industry.
From the famed Golconda diamonds to Kashmir sapphires and pearls from the Gulf of Mannar, India has been a consistent source of spectacular gemstones and legendary jewellery pieces for many years.
In an era of modernisation, India is making use of technological advancements to take the jewellery industry to a new level.
Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said, “The Indian jewellery industry is constantly updating itself in terms of knowledge about new trends in different market, equipping the industry with modern technologies and building skills to meet the ever-increasing demands of the world market.”
India has taken a wholistic approach towards sustainable development. GJEPC regularly organises trend forecasting seminars where it invites industry experts to share their insights. In fact, a Design Workshop is scheduled to be held in May in Mumbai. International jewellery forecaster, Paola De Luca, and acclaimed jewellery designer, Neha Dani, are gracing this event.
GJEPC also recently organised a design competition, The Artisan Awards, which celebrates art, creativity and innovation by honouring talented jewellery designers. The theme for this year’s competition was “Enchanted Cosmos.”
The winning pieces will be showcased alongside a new trendy jewellery collection for the US market at the India Gallery in JCK Las Vegas 2019.
Leading industry organisation GJEPC, which has 6,800 member exporters, also said that its members follow ethical and responsible business practices.
India’s gemstone and jewellery exports continue to grow, accounting for US$41 billion annually.
Colin Shah, vice chairman of GJEPC, remarked, “The importance of India in the global jewellery design context is growing to what it used to be historically when Indian influence on luxury jewellery was evidenced from the creations of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston for India’s royal families and elite society.”