JCK Las Vegas: Indian Manufacturers Embracing Sustainability Solutions

Solitaire’s special US correspondent Smitha Sadanandan reports on how exhibitors at the India Pavilion fared at JCK Las Vegas.

The India Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas saw a mix of Indian manufacturers, wholesalers, and brands. Many had a good show and here’s what they had to say:

Shree Ramkrishna Exports (SRK) has been focusing on cutting and polishing high quality diamonds in all shapes and sizes. “Every opportunity to exhibit at JCK is very special for us,” said Vishal Jodhani, General Manager, E-Business Systems, SRK. This year too, their focus was on showcasing their newest polished stones to partners, stakeholders, and visitors. The diamond inventory exhibited at the JCK Show included SRK twin diamonds, loose parcels of diamonds, solitaires and beautiful design layouts for necklaces and tennis bracelets. “We decided to highlight the sustainable actions by SRK as it has always been a core principle embedded in our business philosophy, backed by a long-term vision of helping build and maintain a clean and green environment. Our principles of zero harm, resource efficiency, minimising our ecological footprint, care for the community and our personnel ensures we never compromise on our sustainable practices, even during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic,” pointed out Vishal.

The company also highlighted that their diamonds are cut and polished in their ‘green’ buildings. SRK’s booth in the Diamond Plaza was inspired by the Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona), considered a ‘Climate Friendly Park,’ mirrored the company’s philosophy of its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable management.

Silver Creations has been manufacturing demi-fine and fashion jewellery at their Jaipur-based factory for the past 25 years. The pieces are made in sterling silver 925 or brass and even plated in gold. The designs are set with gemstones. “We use mostly recycled silver and ethically sourced materials,” said Bhuwan Seth. “We make a lot of little chains and stackable pendants and necklaces that have done well. This year, we sold anklets too. That said, we haven’t done as well as we used to at the JCK Show.”

Earrings by Silver Creations

Labradorite stones said to energise the wearer has an intriguing play of colour. The feldspar mineral labradorite found in Madagascar has a multicoloured adularescence and is known in the trade as rainbow moonstone, according to the GIA. Silver Creations uses these semi-precious stones to create drop earrings, pendant necklaces, linear earrings and more. The pastel collection includes pretty wearables in sterling silver and plated in gold. Slices of rose quartz, green jade, chalcedony, morganite, aquamarine and yellow beryl provide a fresh pop of colour on the earrings and rings; these are outlined by wwhite topaz stones. “We have taken inspiration from the colourful harmonies and textural depth that surround us in nature,” adds Bhuwan.

Linear labradorite earrings by Silver Creations

The geometry line consists of hoops in various shapes, earrings with layered, dainty chains that swish and sway as well as necklaces with geometric motifs.

Jaipur-based Gems Park, a leading exported of cut and polished fine Zambian Emeralds sources the roughs from trusted Gemfields owned Kagem mines. This ensures quality control from mine to market and enables the company to foster the sale of ethically and responsibly sourced and polished emeralds. Rohit Kedia observed the company was witnessing a higher demand for fancy cut like kite-shapes since the pandemic outbreak. Trillion cut emeralds, cabochons and pear drop shapes were doing well in the market.

Cabochon emeralds © Gems Park

The family business, founded by Shanti Lal Daga in the 1960s, specialises in Zambian emeralds, tanzanite. According to the exporter, classic cuts did well at this year’s show. Fine Colour Gems also manufactures fine diamond and coloured stone jewellery. Their expertise is in well-cut single stones, matching pairs and jewel layouts besides calibrated shapes and sizes for precious-coloured gems, according to Director Ronak Daga.

First-time exhibitors Dialmaz, from New Delhi, brought along diamond necklaces, layered and multi-strand designs and pieces inspired by floral motifs. Illusion diamond settings figured prominently in the statement earrings and tassel jewels. Eye motif talismanic influences were translated into smaller wearables using marquise cut diamonds. Rubies and sapphires were used as accents in some of the designs. The exhibitor couldn’t manage to establish buyer network at the show, though.

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