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24 february 2014

The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India’s Seventh Edition of ‘Signature’ kicked off in Mumbai on February 21, 2014, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (NSE Complex), Mumbai.
The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest, H E Dr Hassan Fakhroo, the Honorable Minister of Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Bahrain along with Guest of Honour, Mr. Andrey Polyakov, Vice President, Alrosa, Russian Federation along with Mr. Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC, Mr. Pankaj Parekh, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, Mr. Nirav Bhansali, Convener - Exhibitions Sub Committee (National), GJEPC, other senior officials from GJEPC and eminent members of the trade. The distinguished guests lit the lamp as a mark of commencement, which was followed by a guided tour around the exhibition.

Spread over 30,000 sq m with 1100 booths, ‘Signature 2014’ has participation from over 580 exhibitors and over 10,000 National visitors from 350 cities and towns across India; and over 500 International visitors from 28 countries. The Show this year features the Belgium international pavilion and delegations from Romania, Russia, Uzbekistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal, Turkey, China, UAE and Saudi Arabia. The product offering has been segmented to include all aspects of jewellery and offers some of the most unique designs in gold, diamond, and precious stones jewellery. As in the past, the ‘Signature Club’ features high end couture jewellery, besides loose diamonds and precious colored gemstones.
In his opening speech, Vipul Shah said: “Signature was originally conceptualised as a supplement to the highly successful India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) with the intention to showcase not just India’s cutting and polishing capabilities but to also showcase our capabilities to provide design and creative inputs towards jewellery. With the seventh edition of Signature, we are aiming to showcase our capabilities to the world and are confident that soon, in the near future, India will gain recognition as a hub for design and creative inputs. This is our aim and GJEPC is committed to attaining this status. For quite some time it is said that two-third of cutting and polishing of rough diamonds is done in India but, I am happy to inform you that this two-third figure is now outdated. 14 out of 15 rough diamonds produced around the world now come to India for cutting and polishing.”
On his part, Guest of Honour, Mr. Andrey Polyakov, Vice President, Alrosa, Russian Federation, said: “The diamond business is based on trust. India and Russia are very different in many ways but yet we are united. India and Russia both have common challenges and I want to thank GJEPC for their partnership and also want to thank them for their invitation.”

Aruna Gaitonde, Rough&Polished correspondent in India