47th India Gem & Jewellery Awards celebrates jewellers with GIA in Mumbai
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council held the 47th edition of the India Gem & Jewellery Awards in Mumbai and celebrated India’s jewellery industry with 32 awards.
The awards ceremony was held in partnership with the Gemological Institute of America at the Taj Lands End and the initiative is designed to encourage exports and award excellence in manufacturing, finance, and innovation. Former Team India cricket captain Kapil Dev presented the awards and congratulated the winners, the GJEPC reported on its website.
“My heartiest congratulations,” said Dev at the event. “Gem and jewellery is an important sector for our economy. It employs around 4.3 million people, making it one of the highest employment generators in the country. It's good to know that India's diamond sector is the World Champion when it comes to cutting and polishing precious gems. I am sure the industry will keep up the good work that it has been doing over the years and will continue to contribute substantially to the economy of the country.”
The ceremony was held for the year 2020 following a break due to the pandemic. Winners included Hasmukh Parekh Jewellers for precious metal jewellery exports over Rs 250 crore and Amrapali Exports for costume/ fashion jewellery.
“India is poised to lead the world in gems and jewellery,” said GJEPC chairman Colin Shah at the event. “Tonight, GJEPC salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of the Indian industry by honouring the top performers at the India Gem & Jewellery Awards 2020. The stellar performance of tonight’s winners in the face of the crippling pandemic shows that we’re well on our way to a full economic recovery!”
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