Indian Jeweller Magazine announced the winners for JJS-IJ Jewellers Choice Design Awards 2018 in a gala awards ceremony held at Hotel Crowne Plaza in Jaipur.
Now celebrating its 8th edition, the prestigious awards ceremony recognizes and honours the outstanding designs by established as well as upcoming designers, manufacturers and retailers, whose works can be inspiration for the many. From biggest and renowned jewellery houses to a budding designer or newly established retailer, IJ Awards highlights only those who are the best in the business.
The awards ceremony was graced by eminent personalities like Ahmed Bin Sulayam, Chairman DMCC, Pramod Agrawal, Chairman GJEPC, Mrs Nirupa Bhatt, MD of GIA in India & Middle-East; Vimal Chand Surana, Convener JJS, Rajiv Jain, Secretary JJS, Nitin Khandelwal, President GJC, Sanjay Kala - President Jaipur Jewellers Association, and many more.
Celebrity award presenter for the evening was none other than gorgeous actor Chitrangada Singh. The show was hosted by model and TV presenter Karishma Kotak.
Talking about the awards ceremony, Alok Kala, Editor of Indian Jeweller Magazine said, “I congratulate to all the winners and the participants. It has been my pleasure to be able to provide a platform that recognizes the hard work and talent in the field of jewellery design in India.”
Associate Publisher of Indian Jeweller Magazine, Arpit Kala said, “It gives immense pleasure to share the exceptional achievements and hard work of all our winners. In its eighth addition, the IJ Awards design competition has come a long way and I am sure, it will continue its successful run in future.”
The grand jury meet for the awards was held in November in Mumbai. From jewellery crafted in emeralds and mother of pearls to stunning kundan-meena and polki pieces, the jury witnessed a veritable range of jewellery pieces with beautiful craftsmanship. This year, the jury members included Nirupa Bhatt, MD-GIA India & Middle East, Rajiv Jain, JJS Secretary & Chairman of Sambhav Gems, Poonam Soni, Founder & Design Director at Poonam Soni, Rhea Nasta, Jewellery Designer, Shantanu Garg, Interior Designer, Razia Kunj, Jewellery Designer and Sasha Merchant, Model.
This year, over 600+ entries were received from across India. In all, 90+ companies had participated in 13 broad categories. This year’s main attraction was the indigenously designed timepieces which were part of the theme-based category.
Powered by GIA, the IJ Awards was presented by Jaipur Jewellery Show (JJS). The other partners included Raniwala Jewellers as Gold Jewellery Category Partner, Jaipur Ratna by Anuj Gems & Jewellery as the Best Necklace Design Category Partner, Gurukripa Design Studio as Temple Jewellery Category Partner, BVC Logistics as Logistics Partner, Vasansi as Ethnic Wear Partner and CNBC Awaaz as Television Partner while Diamond World magazine was the Media Partner.