Grand Jury adjudges 800+ entries for the 9th edition of National Jewellery Awards (NJA) an initiative of GJC

Grand Finale to be held on 15th February where 35 awards in 8 categories will be given  
Mumbai, 10th February 2020: The Grand Jury meet of the 9th edition of the annual National Jewellery Awards (NJA Awards 2019), an initiative by the All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), the apex body for domestic jewellery sector, were held at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sahar, Mumbai. The Grand Jury comprising actress & former Miss India Universe Simmran Kaur Mundi, actress Ms. Mannara Chopra, Mr. Rajiv Popley (Director- Popley Group), Mr. Riyaz Gangji and Mrs. Reshma Shetty Gangji (Fashion Designer Label- LIBAS); Mr. Anand Shah (Jewellery Designer Brand) and Mr. Gautam Banerjee (Jewellery Designer Academy) adjudged over 800 entries for one of the most eagerly awaited and acclaimed Jewellery awards in India. The general view of the Grand Jury was that the entries represented the best of global and traditional Indian designs and craftsmanship with some of the best entries coming from Tier 2 & 3 jewellers.

The Grand Finale of NJA Awards 2019 will be held on 15th February 2020, at the Renaissance Powai, Mumbai. NSE presents NJA 2019 powered by e-Johri & World Gold Council (WGC); Trophy partner – Swarovski Gemstones; Supporting Partner – Forevermark; Logistics Partner – BVC; Education Partner – International Institute of Gemology. This year, NJA awards is having 35 awards across 8 different categories, like Jewellery Awards (17 categories), Excellence Awards (Campaign of the Year), Store Awards (5 categories – North, South, East, West and Central), Designer Awards (Hand Sketch/ CAD), Artisan Awards (Artisan/ Craftsman), Student of the Year Award, Corporate Social Responsibility Award and Special Award (6 categories, which includes; Women Entrepreneur, Anmol Ratna Award, Gem of the year for East, West, North, South).

Mr Anantha Padmanaban, Chairman, GJC, said, “India as a country has a vast heritage and culture of producing one of world’s finest jewellery. India has immense pool of talent of artisans and craftsmen. NJA Awards were instituted as an acknowledgement to the contribution to the industry and to encourage the jewellery industry. NJA Awards over the years have established themselves as one of the most reputed jewellery awards in the country since its inception in 2011.”

Mr Shaankar Sen, Vice Chairman, GJC, added, “The jewellery community in India eagerly awaits for the NJA Awards, as the awards are not just recognition to the jewelers, but it is an encouragement for the jewellery industry as a whole who contributes widely to the Indian economy and are trend setters for latest fashion designs. It also give a platform to showcase one’s talent at this jewellery extravaganza. Would like to urge the jewellery community to come forward and enroll for the NJA Awards 2019 nominations.”

Mr Ashish Pethe, Convener, NJ AwardsDirector GJC, said, “We are overwhelmed with the number of nominations this year for the NJA. This year again, we have a special award for Women Entrepreneur as we want to acknowledge and encourage more women participation in the industry. Bringing Ernst & Young as our process advisor for the awards make this award more transparent. The industry needs cheer as the gem and jewellery contributes to 7 percent to India’s GDP and 16 percent of merchandise exports.”

The nomination process for the National Jewellery Awards (NJA) 2019, an initiative by All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) was open till 15th January 2020. The awards are to honour the rich Indian artistic, creative designs in the gems and jewellery industry and the business & marketing acumen of the jewellery manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, aspiring jewellery designers, craftsman and students of gems and Jewellery across India.

The NJ Awards 2019 will consist of the most credible jury comprising Top Designers, Professionals and Celebrities. Ernst & Young are the process advisors to the awards this year, adding scrutiny and secrecy to the awards, thus ensuring unbiased and transparent process.

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