GJEPC’s 50th IGJA Honours the Brightest Jewels in India’s Exports Crown

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) presented the coveted 50th India Gem & Jewellery Awards (IGJA), powered by GIA, to the top performers from the export sector. GJEPC presented a total of 24 awards: 14 – Industry Performance Awards; 7 – Special Recognition Awards; 2 – Felicitation Awards; and 1 – Bank Supporting the Gems & Jewellery Industry Awards.

Since its inception in 1974, the IGJA has been an emblem of excellence in the gem and jewellery industry, recognising the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that propel the industry forward. Every year, IGJA honours the best of the best, showcasing the pinnacle of achievement in the gem and jewellery sector. This prestigious ceremony celebrates companies and partners whose contributions have made the industry a shining example of export excellence. IGJA has evolved over the years to embrace new categories, including social responsibility, innovation, and entrepreneurship, reflecting the dynamic nature of the industry.

Shri Ramesh Bais, Hon. Governor, Maharashtra State, was the chief guest for the awards ceremony and business tycoon Shri Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD, Reliance Industries Ltd., graced the 50th edition of the IGJA as Guest of Honour. Representing GJEPC were Shri Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC; Shri Kirit Bhansali, Vice Chairman, GJEPC; Shri Anoop Mehta, President, Bharat Diamond Bourse; Shri Milan Chokshi, Convener, Promotions & Marketing, GJEPC; and Shri Sabyasachi Ray, Executive Director, GJEPC. Shri Sriram Natarajan, Managing Director, GIA India, was also present along with the who’s who, captains and doyens of India’s gem & jewellery export industry.

Shri Russell Mehta (pictured above), MD, Rosy Blue (India), was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary contribution and serving as an inspirational model in the world of gems & jewellery.

Shri Ramesh Bais, Hon. Governor, Maharashtra State, said, “The Indian Gem and Jewellery industry accounts for 7 per cent of India’s GDP and employs more than 5 million skilled and semi-skilled workforce. It is heartening to note that Maharashtra is a major hub for gem and jewellery exports. The GJEPC is playing a significant role in promoting Brand India through its multifaceted work for the industry and its members. I am sure, members of the Council will make their maximum contribution in realizing India’s goal of achieving a 5 trillion dollar economy. I congratulate all the awardees who are being honoured at the GIEPC 50th India Gem & Jewellery Awards and wish the Council success in its future endeavours.”

While addressing a packed hall of diamond, gem and jewellery trade, Shri Mukesh Ambani said, “I admire all that diamond exporters have achieved as you represent the true meaning of entrepreneurship and enterprise. I wish to extend my warm and heartfelt congratulations to all distinguished award winners in the 50th India Gem & Jewellery Awards. The golden jubilee of these prestigious awards not only signifies a proud milestone for the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), but it also highlights both the grand heritage and the dazzling future of the Indian gems and jewellery industry.

“Evolving remarkably over the years, the industry has emerged as a leading player in the global luxury market, as well as a pivotal contributor to India’s export economy. It has also become a major generator of large-scale employment opportunities. Thanks to this industry’s unremitting focus on innovation-led growth, the world today stands in awe of the power of Indian design, the creativity of Indian designers, the quality of Indian materials, and the sheer range of India’s aesthetics in products that cater to diverse customers. As a result, the industry is poised to more than double its share in the global market in the coming years.

“At the heart of this success lies GJEPC’s relentless efforts and visionary leadership that has propelled the industry to such lofty heights. The GJEPC has championed the cause of Indian gems and jewellery on the global stage, and has also played a crucial role in nurturing research, ensuring sustainable practices, and facilitating skill development within the sector. The jewellery industry’s remarkable resilience and adaptability, particularly during uncertain economic periods, is proof of the stellar role played by the GJEPC.

“I am confident that, with the GJEPC continuing to provide strategic guidance and encourage innovation, the talent and the passion of our entrepreneurs and professionals will propel the Indian gems and jewellery industry to greater heights.  I am confident that India’s gem & jewellery industry will touch the 100 billion dollar mark within the next few years.”

On this occasion, Shri Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “Today, India stands tall as a global leader in the gem and jewellery sector. Our exports continue to rise, our domestic market flourishes, and our artisans inspire the world with their intricate creations. This progress is a direct reflection of the hard work, dedication, and collective vision of the industry stakeholders. GJEPC’s dedication in championing and advancing this dynamic industry has been pivotal in solidifying India’s stature as a key player in the global gem and jewellery market. The global marketplace is dynamic, and the Indian gem and jewellery industry must embrace innovation, sustainability, and responsible sourcing to maintain its competitive edge. As we mark the 50th India Gem & Jewellery Awards (IGJA), we not only applaud the remarkable achievements of individual exporters but also acknowledge the collective endeavours of the industry at large. The 50th IGJA ceremony is a significant milestone, reflecting the Council’s remarkable dedication and leadership in nurturing the industry’s growth and success.

“Moving forward, the industry’s trajectory aligns closely with our Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of a prosperous and sustainable India or Viksit Bharat. GJEPC has been wholeheartedly committed to this cause, actively undertaking initiatives to drive growth and sustainability. These efforts not only contribute to the industry’s expansion but also ensure its alignment with the principles of Viksit Bharat.”

Shri Kirit Bhansali, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, added, “A proud moment for all of us today as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the India Gem and Jewellery Awards. Over the past five decades, our industry had come a long way, growing stronger with each passing year. Today, India is the preferred sourcing destination for gems and jewellery for the world. The impressive annual exports of gem and jewellery industry, valued at USD 40 billion, showcase the dedication and ambition of every exporter who dared to dream big.”

Some of the winners (clockwise from top left): Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd., Amrapali Exports, Jewelex India Pvt. Ltd., and Greenlab Diamonds LLP.

Shri Sriram Natarajan, Managing Director of GIA India said, “I am honoured to extend my heartfelt congratulations to GJEPC on the Golden Jubilee of its India Gem & Jewellery Awards (IGJA). This is a significant milestone in our industry’s history, and the dedication and commitment shown by GJEPC in recognising excellence within the gem and jewellery sector is truly commendable. We collaborate with GJEPC on several key initiatives that help in ensuring the continued growth and prosperity of the Indian gem and jewellery industry.”

The 50th Edition IGJA recognised every sector contributing to the gems & jewellery industry in their own way while felicitating, recognising and nurturing talent and mentorship in the industry (large players as well as M/SMEs) – winners included names such as Renaissance Global Ltd., Vaibhav Global Ltd., Emeral Jewel Industry India Ltd., Laxmi Diamond, Kiran Gems, Kiran Exports, Hasmukh Parekh Jewellers, Ashok Jewellers, Jewelex India, Kiran Jewellery, Shree Momai Krupa Jewellery, Dhanera Diamonds, Oopal Diamonds, Amrapali Exports, Industrial Jewels, Green Lab Diamonds among others.

Ms. Heena Dhorda and Ms. Foram Dhakan both from Shree Aavad Kruppa Jewellery were dual winners of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award.

IndusInd Bank Ltd. won the Best Bank Financing the Gem & Jewellery Industry (Highest growth of limit sanctioned with minimum base of Rs. 500 crore).

Winner List 2022-23

Sr. No Award Category Name of the Award Name of the Winner
1 Felicitation Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Mr. Russell Mehta
2 Special Recognition Awards Highest Taxpayer Company Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.
3 Highest Turnover Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.
4 Industry Performance Awards Cut & Polished Diamonds (Large)
Exports Rs. 1000 Crore & above
Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.
5 Cut & Polished Diamonds (Medium)
Exports Above Rs. 250 crore up to Rs. 1000 crore
Dhanera Diamonds
6 Cut & Polished Diamonds (Small)
Exports Below Rs. 250 crore
Oopal Diamonds
7 Precious Metal Jewellery – Plain (Large)
Exports Above Rs. 250 crore
Hasmukh Parekh Jewellers
8 Precious Metal Jewellery – Plain (Medium)
Exports Above Rs. 100 crore up to Rs. 250 crore
Ashok Jewels Pvt Ltd
9 Precious Metal Jewellery – Studded (Large)
Exports Above Rs. 500 crore & above
Jewelex India Pvt Ltd
10 Precious Metal Jewellery – Studded (Medium)
Exports Above Rs. 100 crore up to Rs. 500 crore
Kiran Jewellery
11 Precious Metal Jewellery – Plain & Studded (SME)
Exports Below Rs. 100 crore
Shree Momai Krupa Jewellery
12 Silver Jewellery Renaissance Global Limited
13 Cut & Polished Coloured Gemstones Vaibhav Global Limited
14 Costume/ Fashion Jewellery Amrapali Exports
15 Cut & Polished Synthetic Stones Industrial Jewels Private Limited
16 Lab Grown Diamond (Highest exports) Greenlab Diamonds LLP
17 Most Socially Responsible Company (CSR) Laxmi Diamond Private Limited
18 Special Recognition Awards Highest Employment on the Company Rolls Emerald Jewel Industry India Limited
19 Highest Gems & Jewellery Sales (Importer) – USA and Canada Unique Designs Inc
20 Highest Gems & Jewellery Sales (Importer) – Asia (other than India) Kiran Exports (Hong Kong) Limited
21 Highest Gems & Jewellery Sales (Importer) – Europe Kiran Exports NV
22 Award for Best Innovative Marketing and Branding Campaign Overseas Kiran Gems
23 Felicitation Awards Woman Entrepreneur of the year Ms. Heena Dhorda from Shree Aavad Kruppa Jewellery
Ms. Foram Dhakan from Shree Aavad Kruppa Jewellery
24 Banks and Agencies Supporting the Gems and Jewellery Industry Awards Best Bank Financing the Industry (Highest Growth of limit sanctioned with Minimum base of Rs 500 crore) IndusInd Bank Ltd.

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