The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery Mumbai (IIGJ Mumbai) held a glittering awards ceremony on Sunday, August 6th, to honour the outstanding achievements of its graduating designers. The event took place in the Central Hall Launch Pad of the IIJS Premiere 2023, the country’s premier jewellery trade show, for the first time in IIGJ’s 20-year-old history.
Glimpz, the highly acclaimed annual showcase of emerging jewellery designers, has been a hallmark of IIGJ Mumbai’s commitment to fostering talent and innovation within the jewellery industry. The ceremony witnessed an impressive gathering of industry leaders, design experts and dignitaries who were present to recognise the remarkable contributions of the graduating designers.
The event was the grand finale of Glimpz 23 in which winners of various categories were announced and trophies awarded, based on the selection made earlier by the esteemed jury panel. The jury panel comprised eminent dignitaries of the jewellery and fashion world, namely, Mr. Laksh Pahuja, Jewellery Virtuoso, Ms. Meher Castelino, Fashion Icon and Writer, Mr. Yogendra Tripathi, VP-Product Development, Goldstar Jewellery Pvt. Ltd. and Ms. Indra Jadwani, Jewellery Designer and Consultant.
Several dignitaries from the world of gems and jewellery graced the occasion, among whom were: Mr. Milan Chokshi, Partner, Tanvirkumar & Co. (Chairman, IIGJ Mumbai), Mr. Punit Mehta, CEO, D. Navinchandra Jewels (Director, IIGJ Mumbai), Mr. Amit Pratihari, VP, De Beers Forevermark (India), Ms. Leena Amin, National Training Manager, De Beers Forevermark, Ms. Nirupa Bhatt (Expert/Consultant, Jewellery Industry) and Mr. Debasish Biswas, CEO IIGJ, among others.
The awards showcase the designers’ creativity, technical skill and unique perspectives in their jewellery collections, which are designed as a harmonious blend of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics, capturing the essence of India’s rich jewellery heritage while pushing the boundaries of modern global design.
Mr. Bharat Vaswani, Head of the Institute, expressed his pride in the achievements of the young designers. He said, “Glimpz is a platform that celebrates creativity, ingenuity, and craftsmanship. The remarkable designs presented by our graduating designers are a testament to their dedication and hard work. We are confident that they will contribute significantly to the evolution of the jewellery industry.”
Best Designer Awardee Malvika Vadsak with Mr. Milan Chokshi, Mr.Amit Pratihari, Mr. Laksh Pahuja & Mr. Punit Mehta
Best Craftsmanship (Handmade) Awardee Arjun Sharma with Mr. Milan Chokshi, Mr.Amit Pratihari, Mr. Laksh Pahuja & Mr. Punit Mehta
Best Commercially Viable Collection awardee Devendra Beloshe
Best Innovative Product awardee Hasti Dagha
The winners in different categories are:
1.Best Design Collection: Ms. Malvika Vadsak (Theme: Greek & Roman Architecture)
2.Best Craftsmanship, Handmade Category: Mr. Arjun Sharma (Theme: Neo-Futurism Architecture)
3.Best Craftsmanship, Casted Category: Mr. Tuhin Ghosh (Theme: Gothic Architecture)
4.Best Innovative Product Collection: Ms. Hasti Dagha (Theme: Gothic Architecture)
5.Best Commercially Viable Collection: Mr. Devendra Beloshe (Theme: Islamic Architecture)
6.Best Visual Merchandising: European Architecture Group (Members: Ms. Hasti Dagha, Mr. Tuhin Ghosh, Mr. Dev Soni, Ms. Neelam Kerbelker, Ms. Malvika Vadsak & Mr. Jainam Shah)
7.Best Lookbook: Ms. Ananya Verma (Theme: Rajput Architecture)
The Glimpz 23 awards ceremony reaffirmed IIGJ Mumbai’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of jewellery designers and positioning them as trailblazers in the global jewellery landscape.