The third edition of Artisan Jewellery Design Awards, organised by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), is shining the spotlight on jewellery designs that pay homage to three key architectural eras – Art Deco, Islamic Arabesque and Neo-Futurism.
Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020 judges. From left, fashion and jewellery experts Pavan Anand, Jatin Kampani, Rimzim Dadu, Richa Goyal Sikri, Ashiesh Shah and Abhishek Haritwal
Under the theme “Architectural Gems,” GJEPC held the first round of judging in Mumbai in November last year. A total of 27 finalists across the three categories were selected from 625 entries from designers across India and globally.
“After viewing the entries, I am delighted to see our country’s emerging design talents in the gem and jewellery sector,” said Pramod Agrawal, chairman of GJEPC. “With this platform, we want to create visibility on a global scale to reinforce India’s design expertise and not limit it to be just a jewellery manufacturing centre.”
Milan Chokshi, convener – Promotions and Marketing at GJEPC, said the number of entries for Artisan Jewellery Design Awards increases every year, indicating its growing importance in the international jewellery scene.
“The jury evaluated the shortlisted entries based on design, innovation and relevance to the theme. India has an abundance of design and manufacturing talents. This is a great opportunity for designers to unleash their skills, and with the help of the industry’s best manufacturers, see their vision come alive,” stated Chokshi.
A second round of judging is scheduled in January. Winners from each category are to be announced in February in Mumbai, a day before IIJS Signature, India’s second largest jewellery trade show, opens.
Scheduled for February 13 to 16, the 13th IIJS Signature at the Bombay Exhibition Centre is expected to entertain over 8,000 visitors. More than 600 exhibitors meanwhile are showcasing their goods.
IIJS Signature and IIJS Premiere are two of the most important jewellery trade fairs in India, according to GJEPC. The annual events continuously attract more exhibitors each year, which signals continued confidence in the market, noted the council.