The Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery (IIGJ) Mumbai, a premier institution renowned for its excellence in gem and jewellery education, hosted its very first alumni reunion at the prestigious Launch Pad of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) Premiere 2023 (Bombay Exhibition Centre) on August 6, 2023. The event was a remarkable celebration of the institute’s 20-year’ legacy and its talented alumni, recognizing their exceptional contributions to the industry and providing a platform for alumni to reconnect, collaborate and share their experiences, ultimately contributing to the industry’s collective growth and development.
The IIGJ Mumbai Alumni Reunion brought together graduates, industry professionals and dignitaries in a spirited and nostalgic gathering and showcased the significant impact that IIGJ Mumbai alumni have made in the world of gems and jewellery.
The event was graced with the presence of Mr. Amit Pratihari (VP, De Beers Forevermark, India), Ms. Nirupa Bhatt (Expert/Consultant Jewellery Industry), Mr. Laksh Pahuja (Jewellery Design Expert) Mr. Milan Chokshi (Chairman, IIGJ Mumbai), Mr. Punit Mehta (Director, IIGJ Mumbai) and other dignitaries.
IIGJ Mumbai Alumni Awards, honouring outstanding alumni who have demonstrated exemplary achievements and dedication to the industry, were announced. The winners of the inaugural awards are as follows:
Mr. Ravish Shah, recipient of the Rising Star Award, has demonstrated creative, innovative and rapid progress as a professional. His dedication to pushing creative boundaries and contributing to the industry’s growth has earned him this recognition.
Ms. Jinal Marjadi, the winner of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award, has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and determination in establishing her jewellery brand. She has successfully carved a niche by combining business savvy with a deep appreciation for artistic integrity.
Mr. Neel Pethe, honoured with the Alumni Service Award, has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the IIGJ Mumbai community and the larger jewellery industry. His continued engagement and support for the institute’s initiatives have significantly contributed to its growth and success.
Speaking about the Alumni Meet, Head of the Institute, Mr. Bharat Vaswani, said “This is a historic, first-of-its-kind event at IIGJ Mumbai. Our alumni are our ambassadors in the world of gems and jewellery and represent the lasting impact made by our institute in the industry. The event represents our pride and joy in their achievements. These awards reflect the multifaceted impact our alumni have on the world, and they inspire current students to strive for excellence in their own pursuits. On behalf of IIGJ Mumbai I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the award winners and express our gratitude to the gems and jewellery fraternity for their continued support. The institute looks forward to future alumni meets that will undoubtedly strengthen its bonds with the industry and create new avenues for collaboration and success.”