The 10th Annual Gemfields & Nazraana Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014 celebrates excellence in the Indian Jewellery Industry
This year, this prestigious Awards is celebrating completion of 10 glorious years of setting new benchmark for excellence and igniting the passion in the industry to raise the bar. What began 10 years back as a sincere endeavor to honour the excellence has turned into an industry-recognized pursuit for brilliance.
The 10th edition of the glamorous Awards night was graced by the electrifying presence of celebrated personalities from the Bollywood fraternity like Neha Dhupia (Actress and winner of the Femina Miss India title in 2002), Yami Gautam (Bollywood Actress), Lisa Ray(Model and Activist), Amrita Rao (Bollywood Actress), Gul Panag (Actress Model, Politician), Richa Chadda (Indian actress), Tara Sharma (British-Indian actress), Elli Avram (Bigg Boss Fame),
Elina Samadanova (International choreographer at reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa), Kiara Advani (Bollywood Actress), Sobhita Dhulipala ( Miss India Earth 2013)
and Gail Dsilva (Pond’s Femina Miss India Goa 2013), Jhataleka Malhotra (Femina Miss India 1st Runner Up, 2014), Gurleen Grewal (Miss India International 2013), Manasi Moghe (Miss Diva 2013), Prachi Mishra (Femina Miss India Earth 2012)
and Deepti Sati (Femina Miss India Pune 2013).
“The awards celebration is about the industry’s success. The decade old journey is not ours but that of the evolution of the industry. It mirrors the earnest efforts of the retailers to step up to the needs of the modern day consumer. The accolades, honour and recognition at the awards are milestones that occur on the way towards achieving their desired business objectives”, says Soma Bhatta, Director, the Retail Jeweller India Awards.
With an eminent jury panel comprising of the who’s who from the jewellery, corporate, fashion, art, and entertainment industry, The 10th Annual Gemfields & Nazraana Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014 is well established as the benchmark for industry excellence.
This year the Jury Panel included Neha Dhupia (Actress), Michelle Poonawalla (Director, Poonawalla Group of Engineering Companies), Schauna Chauhan Saluja (CEO, Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd.), Rouble Nagi (Artist Muralist), Ananya Banerjee (Artist), Vaishali Banerjee (Manager – India, Platinum Guild International), Prasad Kapre ( Former Co-chairman, FICCI Gems and Jewellery), Ashit Kukian, (President & COO, Radio City 91.1 FM), Shaziya Khan (Vice President & Strategic Planning Director, JWT) and Radha Kapoor [Founder & Executive Director, Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI)].
Neha Dhupia, Actress says “I am extremely happy to continue my association with The Retail Jeweller India Awards. On its 10th anniversary the Awards has set a new benchmark for craftsmanship and design innovation.”
“The 10th Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014 has given me a unique opportunity to appreciate some truly ingenious initiatives related to design innovations and craftsmanship,” says Schauna Chauhan Saluja, CEO, Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd.
Michelle Poonawalla, Director – Poonawalla Group of Engineering Companies, says, “I feel privileged to be part of The 10th Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014. The Awards promote excellence in design. It has been an eye opener for me, with the wide variety of designs, ranges and the quality of the craftsmanship and creativity in India unfolding before me.”
Rouble Nagi, Artist Muralist, says “I am honored to be associated with The 10th Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014. I have always thought an award to be a testament to the commitment one has towards his work. Jewellery for me is a work of art and design and craftsmanship matters a lot to me.”
Vaishali Banerjee, Manager – India, Platinum Guild International, says “The award gives our industry the momentum that is required to put even more rigor in the pursuit of design excellence.”
“We at Gemfields take great pride in bringing colour gem stone in the most ethical and transparent manner to the market and hence our association with the Retail Jeweller India Awards is a natural synergy. The Retail Jeweller India Awards also over the years has established itself as an industry benchmark thanks to their transparency and a very professional and detailed judging process.” says Rupak Sen, Regional Marketing Director – Asia, Gemfields.
“Price, design and occasion are factors that most influence a new fashion conscious Indian jewellery buyer. Without a culture of design innovation we will push these new consumers away from the jewellery category. Congratulations The Retail Jeweller India Awards for acknowledging this 10 years ago while setting up an Award Contest that takes centre stage in our jewellery calendar to reward and encourage design excellence,” says Vikram Merchant, Manager Indian Representative Office, Diamonds Sales and Marketing, Rio Tinto.
“Dharmanandan Diamonds is one of the largest manufacturers of diamonds and diamond jewellery and DTC Sight holders in the industry. The Retail Jeweller India Awards signifies our commitment to the Indian retailers for whom this is the only credible platform to showcase their creative prowess in design and retail and marketing concepts,” says Piyush Patel, Director, Dharmanandan Diamonds.
“HRD Antwerp is extremely happy to be associated with The 10th Retail Jewellers India Awards 2014 as it’s a fantastic platform to reach out to the retail segment of this country. Our unique certification service offers a differentiating edge to the jewellers in terms of brand-equity,” says Dries Holvoet, Managing Director, HRD Antwerp India
List of Categories of The 10th Annual Gemfields and Nazraana Retail Jeweller India Awards 2014:
1. Diamond Jewellery of the Year
2. Jewellery Designer of the Year
3. Diamond Vivaha Jewellery of the Year
4. Gold Jewellery of the Year
5. Gold Vivaha Jewellery of the Year
6. Platinum Jewellery of the Year
7. Colored Gemstone Jewellery of the Year
8. Innovative Jewellery of the Year
9. Heritage Jewellery of the Year
10. Couture Jewellery of the Year
11. Best Accessory of the Year
12. Print Campaign of the Year
13. TV Campaign of the Year
14. Radio Campaign of the Year
15. 360 Marketing Campaign of the Year
16. Social Media Marketing Campaign of the Year
17. Retail Promotion of the Year
18. New Showroom or Retail Transformation of the Year
19. Regional Retail Chain of the Year
20. Lifetime Achievement of the year- Retail
21. Lifetime Achievement of the year-Manufacturing
22. Global Indian Jeweller of the Year
23. Special Contribution to the Gems and Jewellery Industry
24. Bloggers Choice Award
The winners of the jewellery categories at the Retail Jeweller India Awards are chosen through a rigorous and meticulous two-tier selection process. The initial screening is done through an online judging process based on the entries submitted by the participants. The nominated jewellery pieces then go to the next level i.e. physical judging round. The specialized physical judging round of the nominated creations makes the entire judging process more comprehensive. At the second stage the jury thoroughly evaluates the designs on quality, overall commercial and creative appeal. The entire selection process is supervised by the official process validator IMRB to bring in perfection of the highest level.
About The Retail Jeweller India Awards:
Each year The Retail Jeweller celebrates the highest achievers in India’s dynamic jewellery industry with one single yardstick “THE RETAIL JEWELLER INDIA AWARDS.” Chosen by an eclectic mix of jury after a robust 2-phase methodology, the winners of India’s most widely participated jewellery retail awards, are honored in a grand ceremony. When it came into being, The Retail Jeweller India Awards was fulfilling a much needed gap in the jewellery retail industry, that of honoring the best practices. However, today with hundreds of retailers vying for these coveted awards, it signifies the emergence of a platform that has brought together the industry on one single platform and covered adequate ground in India. The success of the awards marked by an overwhelming participation from all across the country is indicative of the entrepreneurial initiatives of business leaders to carve out standards that redefine the best.