10th Grand Jury Meet Goes Virtual

A Panel of 11 Eminent Jury Members Select Top Pieces from 104 Short Listed Pieces

Post By : IJ News Service On 06 January 2021 6:29 PM

The panel consisted of experts from gems and jewellery, social media, fashion and styling, interior design and beyond, ensuring that each piece of jewellery is viewed from different perspectives. The jury panel included: Bina Goenka, Founder & CEO, Bina Goenka; Rajiv Jain, Secretary Jaipur Jewellery Show; Apoorva Deshingkar, Senior Director Sales and Business Development, GIA India; Renu Oberoi, Creative Head, Renu Oberoi Luxury Fine Jewellery; Eshaa Amiin, Celebrity Stylist; Pratiksha Prashant, CEO, Kishandas & Co; Shweta Kaushik, CEO & Founder, SKID Interior Designing; Richa Goyal Sikri, Gemmologist & Story Teller; Meha Bhargava, Founder &CEO, Styl Inc, Wedding Stylists and Personal Shoppers; Harpreet Suri, Global Indian Influencer fame Momwearsprada and Sonam Modi, Co-Founder & Head Designer at SVA by Sonam & Paras Modi.

The Grand Jury Meet was preceded by a preliminary round, which was additionally judged by a panel of retailers from different parts of the country. The nine retailers included: Gaurav Anand, Anand Jewels; Abhishek Rastogi, Tanishq; Devayani Dande, Govind Dande & Sons; Vikas Soni, L Gopal & Sons Jewellers; Atul Jain, Atul Jewellers; Chetan Vastani, DassJewellers; Snehal Choksey, Shobha Shringar Jewellers; Paul Alukkas, Joy Alukkas Jewellers and Senthil Sumangali, Sumangali Jewellers.

This year, we had received over 500 entries from 24 cities all across India of which 104 entries from 20 categories were shortlisted. Winners will be awarded as part of a virtual ceremony on December 27, 2020.

At the Grand Jury, each and every entry was unique and presented really well by zooming in on still photographs from every angle and an accompanying video which displayed every piece in a 360 degree angle. Plus AR-enabled virtual try-ons by mirrAR helped the jury members see how these pieces actually looked on an individual.

Grand Feedback
“Designers have done an excellent job, this show displayed is India at its best,” said Bina Goenka. Pratiksha Prashanth said, “The meet was very well implemented in this new format and it was evident that a lot of homework has gone into making this event work so successfully.It was indeed a grand experience.”

Speaking about her experience Richa Sikri said, “Inspiration is always around us. I was excited to see this innovation and the story that the creators were trying to tell us through their work.”According to Meha, “The temple jewellery was truly unique and would fit ably in anywedding ceremony. I saw some amazing craftsmanship, very interesting stuff!”

About the accessories segment, Eshaa said, “I was happy with the new format and my favourite category was the accessories.” Shweta congratulated the IJ team for their effort saying, “The voting process is truly unique and effective. I loved to see the videos and the use of colour in a lot of jewellery.” While Rajiv Jain said, “Some pieces were truly excellent. New colour stones were used quite attractively. The virtual meet was a great success.” Said Harpreet, “Times were tough and I didn’t think people would have made such beautiful new pieces especially for this show but I was glad to see that they did.” Apoorva Deshingkar said, “I am totally impressed to see how seamlessly the show was made in digital format. That gap between real and virtual was well bridged. It was a grand expression of the undying spirit of all involved.

About the couture segment, Sonam said, “It has been a fantastic segment. I loved the couture part, the jewellery complements any high fashion clothing
really well. The videos made all the difference. The temple jewellery was outstanding.”

Powered by GIA, the IJ Awards ispresented by JJS. The other partners include: Hari Krishna Group as the Diamond Jewellery category partner, BVC as the logistics partner and MirrAR as the virtual try-on partner; and Diamond World magazine as the Media Partner.

Jury Speak 

Inspiration is always around us. I was excited to see this innovation and the story that the creators were trying to tell us through their work Richa Goyal Sikri, Gemmologist & Storyteller

The meet was very well implemented in this new format and it was evident that a lot of homework has gone into making this event work so successfully. It was indeed a grand experience Pratiksha Prashant, CEO, Kishandas & Co

The temple jewellery was truly unique and would fit ably in anywedding ceremony. I saw some amazing craftsmanship very interesting stuff! Meha Bhargav, Founder & CEO, Styl-Inc

The voting process is truly unique and effective. I loved to see the videos and the use of colour in a lot of jewellery - Shweta Kaushik, Interior Designer & Founder, SKID

The experience was very seamless. Looking at all these pieces, I feel that they have been crafted with such passion. Clearly, a lot of time has gone into the ideation of these pieces and then manufacturing. Kudos to all the participants Renu Oberoi, Creative Director, Renu Oberoi Luxury Fine Jewellery

 I am totally impressed to see how seamlessly the show was made in digital format. That gap between real and virtual was well bridged. It was a grand expression of the undying spirit of all involved Apoorva Deshingkar, Senior Director Sales and Business Development, GIA India

Some pieces were truly excellent. New colour stones were used quite attractively. The virtual meet was a great success Rajiv Jain, Secretary, JJS

I was apprehensive about the virtual format but it was so seamless and I was happy with the new format and my favourite category was the accessories Eshaa Amiin, Celebrity Stylist

Designers have done an excellent job, this show displayed is India at its best Bina Goenka, Founder & CEO, Bina Goenka

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