Feb 13, 2020

Designers Show Their Mettle at The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020

The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020 reached a crescendo yesterday, February 12, 2010, as the successful winners were declared a glittering evening shot through with excitement and enthusiasm.

The theme this year was “Architectural Gems” and applicants could choose from amongst three key eras on which to base their designs: Art Deco; Islamic Arabesque; Neo Futurism. 

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), organisers of the awards, received 625 entries this year from across India, and in a first, from outside the country as well. After the initial sketches were judged in the First Jury Round, the shortlisted 27 designs were manufactured and went through another rigorous round of judging. And it was only after this, that the winners emerged – the brightest and the best (complete list of the shortlisted 27 designers and the final winners given below).

At the vibrant function, at which internationally renowned British designer Stephen Webster was Chief Guest, the shortlisted designs were tastefully displayed allowing attendees a glimpse into the wondrous landscape of Indian jewellery design today.

GJEPC Chairman Pramod Kumar Agrawal, speaking on the occasion, outlined the strengths and achievements of the Indian gems and jewellery industry.  “The challenge now is to take it to a US$ 75 billion dollar industry from the current level of exports of about US$40 billion, over the next few years, and to add another two million jobs,” he said. “Also, it is our aim to increase the value addition that the industry achieves and take it to US$20 billion when we reach our US$75 billion target.”

Agrawal went on to outline several measures that the GJEPC was taking, with the support of the Government of India (GoI) to achieve these goals.

Chief Guest Stephen Webster spoke briefly about himself – he entered the jewellery industry at the age of 16 years; and won his first design competition at the age of 18 years, merely two years later.  “I won the second prize and I was very disappointed,” he said with a smile.

Looking back on the early years of his journey in this field, he remarked that then, it was all about the material one worked with and the jewellery was just fashioned based on that.

“For a piece of jewellery, materials are everything,” he emphasised. “Materials and craft form the basis, but the element of design pushes things further.”

And that is where awards and competitions were so important, he opined. “Design competitions are important because they challenge you to push yourself creatively, to push your own boundaries,” Webster said addressing the designers in the audience.

He congratulated the winners, praising the various pieces of jewellery that had been created for the competition.

Webster went on to pay tribute to the country saying: “India is steeped in tradition and it has influenced nearly all designers.”

An interesting and lively interaction followed with Webster fielding questions from Milan Chokshi, Convener of the Promotions, Marketing and Business Development Sub-Committee of the GJEPC, and the person directly responsible for the awards.

The function that evening was powered by the Gemological Association of America (GIA). Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director, India & Middle East for GIA, and also one of the judges at the final Jury Round, addressing the gathering spoke about how the designs for the competition were getting better and better every year.  “This year we also saw a lot of use of technology which has improved the quality of the pieces even more,” she remarked. “You have all certainly raised the bar.”

As part of The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020, winners were also declared for the Best Product Inventory at the IIJS Signature 2020 (List below).

GJEPC Vice Chairman, Colin Shah proposed the vote of thanks, bringing the evening to a conclusion.

The list of Finalists and the winners and runners-up (highlighted) below as well as the list of winners for the product inventory category:

Artisan Awards 2020

Sr. No Designer Name Manufacturer Position
Category- ART DECO
1 Harjas Kaur A'Star Jewellery Winner
2 Juhee Bolakhe Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers Finalist
3 Monu Jain Gupta Monu Jain Gupta Second Runner Up
4 Saurabh Jhaveri Tiara Silver Pvt Ltd Finalist
5 Budoor Albudoor La Marquise Diamonds,Dubai Finalist
6 Shruti Sharma KP Sanghvi Finalist
7 Arif Hossain A'Star Jewellery First Runner Up
8 Ashishkumar Doshi Oopal Diamonds Finalist
9 Hema Harika Chandana Imaginarium (India) Pvt. Ltd Finalist
1 Juhee Bolakhe Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers Finalist
2 Namrata Bhardwaj A'Star Jewellery Winner
3 Anant Jain Mukti Gold Finalist
4 Saayli Dhongade Diagold Creation Pvt. Ltd.  Finalist
5 Ashishkumar Doshi Oopal Diamonds Finalist
6 Kosha Shah Anand Shah First Runner Up
7 Jinal Patel Reliance Jewels Second Runner Up
8 Mitali Kikani H. Ajoomal Fine Jewellery Finalist
9 Archangel Caszo Reliance Jewels Finalist
1 Pratiksha Gandle Reliance Jewels Finalist
2 Saloni Kaushik Titan Company Limited Finalist
3 Sonali Sheth Sphere Second Runner Up
4 Ketki Ambardekar Jewel Goldi First Runner Up
5 Koushik Mondal Tanvirkumar &  Company Winner
6 Tanaya Agarwal Imaginarium India Pvt Ltd Finalist
7 Jaydeb Dolui Tribhuvandas Bhimji Zaveri Finalist
8 Bhagyashree Vaidya Tanvirkumar &  Company Finalist
9 Rakesh Bakuly Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd. Finalist

Best Product Inventory at Signature IIJS 2020

Sr. No. Category Winner
1 Couture Cuffs Anand Shah Jewels
2 Cocktail Rings Anand Shah Jewels
3 Silver Jewellery Ira Jewels
4 Daily Wear Diamond Jewellery Manak Jewellers Pvt. Ltd
5 Coloured Gemstone Jewellery Sanskriti Jewels
6 Couture Diamond Jewellery Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas
7 Gold Jewellery Shakti Jewellers Pvt. Ltd.
8 Kundan Meena Jewellery Sparsh Jewellers

Pic Cap: Chief Guest Stephen Webster (lft) seen in a chat with Milan Chokshi