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GJC hosts the 8th edition of National Jewellery Awards

12 february 2019

All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) presented 36 National Jewellery Awards (NJA) 2018 across 5 different categories in the presence of  Anantha Padmanaban (Chairman and Convener, GJC), Shaankar Sen (Vice Chairman, GJC), and other industry members & celebrities.
This year, NJA comprised Jewellery Awards, Excellence Awards Store Awards, Designer & Artisan Awards and Student of the Year Award. A new category for CSR Initiative and Women Entrepreneurship was added in this year's Awards.

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Image credit: GJC


Anantha Padmanaban said, "GJC's NJA is the largest platform that recognizes and applauds all segments of India's gem & jewellery sector. Despite a challenging and volatile environment, we are overwhelmed to receive over 850 entries and this shows the indomitable spirit of Indian jewellers. The new categories such as CSR Initiative and Women Entrepreneurship showcase that jewellers are socially conscious and responsible citizens."
Shaankar Sen (Vice Chairman, GJC) said, "GJC's NJA initiative is an ode to the inimitable talent and intricate craftsmanship of 'Make in India' artisans, manufacturers and designers. NJA recognizes the inspiration and innovative approach of manufacturers and marketers who create new fashion and design trends every year.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished