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GJEPC presents The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2019

15 february 2019

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) presented The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2019 powered by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and co-partnered by the DPA (Diamond Producers Association) on Feb 13, the culminating day of the IIJS Signature 2019. The winners were felicitated in an Event at the Royal Opera House.

                    Image credit: GJEPC

Pramod Kumar Agrawal - Chairman, GJEPC, said, “The Indian gem & Jewellery industry has a history of more than 5,000 years. The Rajas and Maharajas have supported this art, and we have a tradition of passing this skill from one generation to other. We always had the advantage of skilled artisans and karigars when catering to global markets. It's time that the world is made aware of India’s jewellery Design potential and portray India as a 'Design Destination' for Jewellery. The Artisan Awards is an initiative and a sincere effort by Council to encourage the true design talent in the industry and showcase India’s Design extravagance to the world.” 
Colin Shah - Vice Chairman, GJEPC, said, “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 the Maharajas and Nawabs. Incidentally, GJEPC chose the theme of ‘Enchanted Cosmos’ for the Artisan Awards 2019 much before it becomes the Design Theme for buying season 2020. The contest theme 'Enchanted Cosmos' helps designers explore the mysteries of galaxies and universes known and unknown. We were overwhelmed to receive 550 entries across India in the three categories of Rings or Pendants, Brooches or Pins, Earrings or Bracelets.”
In continuation to GJEPC’s endeavour to spearhead design led initiatives to promote innovation in jewellery designing, GJEPC launched an exclusive handbook on jewelry trends, “AATMAN - Inspirations 2020” , which is edited by The Futurist’s team of international luxury industry analysts led by International Jewellery forecaster, Ms. Paola De Luca.
Milan Chokshi-Member-COA & Convener, Promotions, Marketing and Business Development of the GJEPC), said, “AATMAN - Inspirations 2020” is a significant initiative that have been undertaken by GJEPC. I am sure this will pave the way forward and build bridges to a new, vibrant and exciting future filled with creativity.” 
Paola De Luca of The Futurist said, “India is reclaiming its global stature as a leading pioneer in luxury jewellery design. “AATMAN - Inspirations 2020” will inspire the new generation of Indian creative leaders, providing a blueprint for key design trends, raising topical issues affecting the diamond industry, and presenting an illustrated history of India’s early prominence in design.”

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