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Recognising and rewarding the best in jewellery design, The Artisan celebrates the highest levels of artistry, innovation and individuality, elevating designers to their rightful status of artists. The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014 invites the finest designers to push their design boundaries and reveal their utmost creativity and skill by showcasing world-class pieces of jewellery.

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Indian Cinema, more popularly referred to as ‘Bollywood’, is one of the pervading symbols of Indian life and culture. Perhaps no one institution has so much influence on how we think, dress and act.

Isn't it the only time we paid an ode to this influential part of our lives through our jewellery? As a multitude of talented designers converge under the realms of this contest, let Indian cinema come alive through exquisitely designed pieces of jewellery. Let there be drama, romance, history, song and dance. Let gemstones, diamonds and precious metals all come together to sing a rhapsody that's a fitting tribute to Indian Cinema.

The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014 celebrates the magic of Indian Cinema through 4 iconic eras – Monochromatic Magic (black and white era), Golden Glory (golden era), Colourama (masala films era) & The Avant Garde (the era of global reach).

These awards are an opportunity for you to create pieces of jewellery that don't just represent but also celebrate these momentous eras in Indian Cinema.

So, go ahead and let your creative instincts take over and your imagination run wild to design jewellery that could win you accolades and put you on the road to stardom.

Remember August 15, 2014 is the last date to submit your sketches.

Remember August 15, 2014 is the last date to submit your entries.

Entry open to :
a) Individuals       b) Individuals partnering with a company (both the individual & the company get the credit)

  • Only wearable ornaments. No accessories
  • No synthetics & CZ
  • Any pieces found to be submitted for any other jewellery design competition will be disqualified immediately
  • No religious symbols are allowed
  • No company can participate alone
  • Designer's name will be mentioned first, followed by the partnering company
  • An individual can submit one sketch in a maximum of 2 categories
  • An Individual can submit 2 entries each
  • Two individuals can participate per company (i.e. 2 individuals, 4 entries)
  • The sketch should be made on an A3 size sheet and mounted on thick card paper. Please do not frame or laminate the sketch
  • The sketch would have ONLY the category on top front, other information i.e. description of the jewellery in less than 50 words, details of precious metals, diamonds, gemstones, name, contact details (participation form), etc. should be on the reverse side
  • Scanned or emailed sketches will not be accepted
  • Entry to the competition is free

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The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014 will boast a jury comprising of eminent personalities from the world of jewellery, film and fashion.

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First Round Final Round Technical Committee

The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014 will boast a jury comprising of eminent personalities from
the world of jewellery, film and fashion. The jury members to judge the first round (sketch) are as follows :

  • Payal Singhal Fashion Designer

    Payal Singhal studied Fashion at the Fashion Design Department at SNDT Mumbai, Parsons School of Design and Fashion Institue of Technology in New York. She won her first award at 15 when she bagged the "Shopper's Stop Designer of the Year Award" right out of school in 1992 and then started her design career in 1999 opening her first flagship store in Mumbai. Known to be a favorite with all the Bollywood celebrities she has dressed Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Sonakshi Sinha to name a few.

    Her label now stocks in various countries, all the leading Indian ecommerce sites and travels with its unique mobile trunk shows all over the world. Her collections have been shown at prestigious fashion weeks such as the Lakme Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week and the Fashion Week of the Americas.

    She recently launched her own online store which was named one of the best Designer ecommerce sites of 2014.

  • Ashiesh Shah Architect and Interior Designer

    Ashiesh is an award-winning Architect and Interior Designer with many accolades to his name. With projects such as Le Mill, Nido and Otlo under his belt, and multiple cover articles in The New York Times, Shah has created his own niche. Ashiesh's work reflects his ability to fuse an international aesthetic with Indian sensibility.

    He is regarded as an astute collector of contemporary art from the Indian sub-continent. Resulting in him creating spaces which juxtapose objects from different eras and cultures makes a compelling and impressive statement on the present and future interior taste.

  • Priya Tanna Editor, VOGUE India

    With over two decades of experience in publishing and editing, Priya Tanna in her role as the Editor of Vogue India has been instrumental in putting together the world's fashion bible, personalized for the Indian woman, since its launch in 2007.

    A renowned name in the Indian fashion industry, Priya has extensive experience in the field of media. Her previous trysts as an Editor were with various publications including the popular lifestyle supplement DNA After Hours, Rouge - the former women's supplement from the Times of India and Time and Style magazine from The Times Group. Apart from these, Priya was also the launch Editor of Femina Girl.

  • Shimul Mehta Vyas National Institute of Design

    Shimul Mehta Vyas is a design educator involved in the field of design research and practice. She has specialised in accessory design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T), State University of New York, USA and has been a faculty member at India's premier design institute, the National Institute of Design (NID) for the past 19 years. She is accredited with establishing the Lifestyle Accessory Design discipline at NID and cultivating its foray in Jewellery Design.

    Shimul has extensively engaged with the Indian jewellery industry for over a decade now, and through NID, she has spearheaded several projects undertaken by the institute in association with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council. Having immense faith in the power of design, she has persistently endeavoured to connect design to various facets of the industry for generating value of higher consequence.

    What Shimul finds most impressive is the vastness of the landscape of traditional Indian jewellery and its overarching significance owing to its timeless antiquity.

  • SHANOO BIJLANI Managing Editor, Solitaire International & Adorn

    Shanoo Bijlani is the managing editor of Solitaire International, a trade magazine of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, and Adorn, a luxury jewellery magazine for consumers, published by Spenta Multimedia.

    With nearly a decade’s experience in the gem and jewellery field, her articles on jewellery trends have appeared in publications like Forbes India’s luxury supplements and HDFC Bank’s Imperia magazine. Shanoo has written a research report on Indian jewellery trends for a top Italian jewellery forecasting company. And besides writing, she is passionate about styling jewellery for shoots.

    A psychology graduate from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, she has spent over two decades at Reader's Digest as Assistant Editor, specialising in human interest and medical articles.

Final Round
First Round

The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014 will boast a jury comprising of eminent personalities from
the world of jewellery, film and fashion. The jury members to judge the second round are as follows :

  • Priya Tanna Editor, VOGUE India
  • FARAH KHAN ALI Jewellery Designer and Gemologist
  • SABYASACHI MUKHERJEE Fashion Designer
  • USHA BALAKRISHNAN Art Historian
  • PINKY REDDY GVK Group
Technical Committee
Final Round

Technical Committee for The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2014

  • LAKSH PAHUJA

    Laksh Pahuja a maverick designer has delighted people all over the world with jewellery which is not just pleasing to the eye but inspires the mind.

    Be it nature or famous personalities, he handpicks people from all walks of life and moulds them into their designs to craft a unique piece that leaves you fascinated and is synonymous with one of a kind ornaments that are never seen or heard before. One of the topmost renowned and respected jewellery designers in the world with lots of International and National Awards to his credit, his uniqueness lies in his dynamic designs that have made headlines in International jewellery festivals and have been worn by famous people the world over.

  • GAUTAM BANERJEE

    In the world of jewellery designing, Gautam Banerjee is synonymous with innovative & unconventional creations. Born in Calcutta, this young designer has come through a long way to achieve this distinction in the field of jewellery designing & has been pursuing this art since the last three decades.

    Gautam believes in the purest form of designs merging both the traditional as well as the occidental styles. His works reflect upon an aesthetic sense of beauty & the most distinct aspect undoubtedly is the authenticity of his designs. Laying the foundation for his reputation as a designer with a difference, Gautam launched his own jewellery label “Gautam Banerjee “in Mumbai and Pune. He wishes to open a chain of boutiques across the globe enriching the aspirations of the discerning clientele who desire to possess the ultimate in jewellery.

    With a view to make this industry realize the importance of designers & at the same time to nurture young talents, passionate about his art that he is, he chose to impart his knowledge to others. He now runs his own designing institute – Gautam Banerjee’s Academy of Jewellery Designing in Mumbai. Gautam also enjoys the privilege of being a guest lecturer at the S.N.D.T. University’s Jasani Department of Jewellery Designing in Mumbai.

  • DEVINDER LAYAL

    Master’s in Business Management and Fine Arts graduate, 20 years career as jewellery designer and educator as well as stylist, photographer and food designer. Devinder Layal thus proves that the creativity of a person seeps into everything he does. No wonder prestigious institutions like IGNOU, AICTE, GJSCI and CBSE invited him to on curriculum design committee. As HOD of JDM (SNDT University, 2003-2012) he's trained and guided students and mentored many to win prestigious design awards from WGC, HRD and South Sea Pearls.

    Devinder is also been an integral part of jewellery trend forecasting forums and only designer in the world to do gold garments. He says, though, that nothing's given him greater peace and insight into himself than his two years as a social worker at Pediatric Ward at Sion Hospital for CRY.

Awards

Receiving The Artisan will catapult the winning designer's status within the jewellery industry and discerning jewellery buyers.

The Winners of the 4 categories of The Artisan will:

  • Receive a prestigious internship with a leading jewellery house
  • Win a handsome cash prize
  • Get invaluable publicity through media exposure/li>
  • Receive their awards at an exclusive awards event to be held in Mumbai

The 1st & 2nd Runner-up of the 4 categories of The Artisan will:

  • Win a handsome cash prize
  • Get invaluable publicity through media exposure
  • Receive their awards at an exclusive awards event to be held in Mumbai
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  • Monochromatic Magic
  • Golden Glory
  • Colourama
  • The Avant-Garde
  • Swati took her first step towards jewellery design by completing a three year Diploma Course in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing Technology from IIGJ in the year 2009. Since 2012, she has been associated with K.P.Sanghvi Intl as an Assistant Merchandiser, which enables her to interact with customers on design discussions, new product developments and business development.
  • Astha has a degree in Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing a Jewellery Manufacturing Course from the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery, Delhi. She is working towards establishing an individual and unconventional jewellery line along with a specialisation in handcrafted jewellery using different materials.
  • Soni Amin is a jewellery designer with excellent design skills, strong technical understanding and a sound fashion sense. All of which stands her in good stead as she creates innovative and cost-effective jewellery designs. She has a broad range of experience working with design, production, costing and technical departments.
  • Meghana graduated in jewellery designing and manufacturing from S.N.D.T in the year 2007 winning the title ‘Best Designed Collection’ for her final graduation project. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology.
    She has worked with companies like B.N Jewellers and Kiah Diamonds in the fields of designing, manufacturing, brand & retail merchandising. She is currently employed with Laxmi Diamonds heading their Design team along with Retail Merchandising.
  • With a flare for design and creativity, Natasha entered the world of fashion by working at L'Officiel India as a fashion assistant. She went on to pursue her interest in designing by obtaining a formal education in Jewellery Design, Manufacturing and Gemology at the GIA headquarters, California. On returning, she joined her father who specialises in retail custom jewellery. She aspires to start her own line of jewellery that appeals to the independent, ambitious, bon vivant woman of today.
  • Kosha is a head designer at Shilpi Jewellers. She has been associated with the jewellery industry for over 7 years and is still learning new aspects of design every day. Her transition into jewellery design started with diamond jewellery and then gradually progressed into creating high-end antique jewellery.
  • Subhankar Bhowmick is a jewellery designer by profession. Nature strongly inspires him. He hopes to explore various aspects of his creativity through his designs.
  • Queeta studied jewellery design in Italy. She has been with Tanishq for more than 9 years now. She believes in ‘less is more’ and her forte lies in the seamless amalgamation of the old with the new. ‘Jodha Akbar’ by Tanishq, was partly handled by her in terms of design and manufacturing.
  • Sunita Shekhawat is a recognised jewellery designer in Jaipur. She designs her signature jewellery under the label ‘Midas’. She designs exclusive high-end bridal jewellery and specialises in exclusive jewellery designs predominantly for royalty. She has clientèle ranging from Bollywood stars to top business families. Her articles/writings are published in magazines like Vogue, Femina, Hello, Harper’s Bazaar, as well as newspapers such as Mumbai Times, Bangalore Times, Delhi Times, Times of India and the Telegraph.
  • Shrutika works with ‘Fab Jewels India Pvt. Ltd’. With an experience of 10+ years in the design domain she has involved herself in various stages of the product life cycle. She holds a Diploma in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing from SNDT Juhu, Mumbai. She was the first runner up in the ‘Nakshtra Diamond Design Competition’ and also one of the finalists in the ‘World Gold Council Competition’ featuring amongst the top 20 contestants.
  • Himani, a fashion and lifestyle accessory designer, is a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar. Her specialisation is in Jewellery Design. She won the ‘Retail Jeweller Award 2007’ for “Student Jewellery Designer of the Year’. Post her graduation project with Tata-Tanishq she was awarded the title of ‘The Most Commercially Viable Design Collection 2009’ from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
    She completed her post-graduation from the National Institute of Design (NID) where she did her Masters in Market Research. She has a good understanding of national and international design trends and how they can be transformed to suit Indian customers. She is among the top 13 finalists of the ‘Future Designers’ category for emerging designers. This was set up by trend forecasting service WGSN, as part of their ‘Global Fashion Awards, 2013’ given out at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
  • Zohara is a bespoke jewellery and accessory designer based in Mumbai, India. She graduated from the National Institute of Design in Product Design. After which, she obtained a Diploma in Gemology and Diamond Grading from the Gemological Institute of India and a Masters in Fashion Accessory from Istituto Marangoni in Milan. She has worked with exclusive jewellery brands like Swarovski, Pranda, Surana and Sahara Global Design Studio. Her international exposure has come through projects with Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, and many more, while she was in Milan.

The legendary founder of Indian cinema, Raja Harishchandra, who started the concept of moving images and that’s what I tried to capture in my sketch with the help of laser cut out film coming out of reel which indicates many iconic & powerful performances got captured in black and white camera for forever.

The proud majestic movie, Alam-Ara gave birth to melodious songs and dancing. The creation depicts the transition from the old to the new era. Inspired by the rolling movie reel, showcasing the dance moments of the characters in the movie on the rhythmic music beats. The centre part of the piece comprises of a mechanism using jump rings , that helps the dancing ladies rotate in clockwise direction, as you rotate the centre piece giving the look of a ongoing movie.

Life becomes so much more fulfilling when we surround ourselves with what is precious. And it is the philosophy of jewellery movies to combine beauty with art to take you into a world within a world; a world of wonder on a higher plane than the everyday world around you. This beautiful necklace inspired from the movie Devdas one of the epic from black & white period, here the outer base has inspired from the movie reel. Encompasses the whole spectrum of human emotion. And our jewellery may evoke joy, wonder, sorrow, fascination. . Like a moveable theatre, This unique piece of jewellery is a drama in itself and each piece an actor with its own character. It may draw from you a gasp of admiration. Perhaps you see reflected in the precious stone some long lost memory from times past.

This design depicts the movie, An evening in Paris. In search for true love Deepa (Sharmila Tagore) goes to Paris, France. After many ups & downs she finds her true Love- Shyam/Sam (Shammi Kapoor), and also encounters her twin sister Suzy. The two ruby flowers depict the twin sisters and the complete gold wire work with diamond pave is the representation of Paris, by using the architectural inspiration from the famous Eiffel tower.

The design is synonymous to the grandeur, opulence and pizzazz of the then existent Bollywood style. The jewellery, very beautifully speaks of the movie, An evening in Paris.

The design is a set of earring and a double finger rotating ring. The inspiration is taken from the movie Love in Tokyo. The inspiration is that of a Japanese geisha fan. Instead of using symmetry, I have used it asymmetrically. Each wing is embellished with different technique of gold surfacing like granulation, nakshi, filigree, tar kam, aari work, mina and texturing. The sign of love in Japanese has been used on one of the wing in red meena. Sayonara has been involved in term of wire work and in green meena. The double finger ring is made in many layers and will have a watch motor in between which will make the each wins move and rotate on its own. Pie cut sapphires have been used in centre of earring and ruby in the ring. In the earring too, each wing can be rotated and moved. The emphasis has been given to merging geometry with Indian tradition

My creation is inspaired by Gabbar Singh. He is shown in Sholay as a dacoit who leads a group in looting and plundering the villages of Ramgarh. He has a sadistic personality and insists on killing whenever required to continue his status and to take revenge on his enemies.

This necklace is inspired by the movie Sholay which literally means “Ambers”. The pattern itself is a literal inspiration from the original movie poster of Sholay. The inner core of the necklace spreads out as white symbolizing the innocence of the fun loving small time crooks, Jai and Veeru. As our protagonists start becoming angry and the violence seeps in, so our necklace starts bleeding yellow to light orange color and finally the anger turns into full fledged violence and burns deep orange in the end. The necklace is made of small and big elements denoting the episodes of our life which is broken into numerous pieces. The necklace is a lesson in life to learn. It’s a testament of human nature which starts out as innocent but with life’s plethora of experiences it may become “Sholay” which eventually burns us. So it’s up to us to see the necklace as a life full of “Ambers“ which turns into “ Ice” or vice versa.

My design is an inspiration from the movie Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. Kundan, meena, chand, balas with long hangings are crafted beautifully with lotus motifs in pink meena studded with diamond polkis and blue sapphires.

The movie Black inspired braille earring. Black is about senses, the sense of touch, the sense of smell. This piece works on the concept. What if beauty is to be perceived by how it smells and what it feels like or what it conveys when you touch it? Just like the character of Michelle (Rani Mukherjee) in the movie Black, she sees the world through these sense. What if Michelle would have wanted a piece for herself?

This earring, is spherical in shape, the most balanced form. Ergonomically it can’t harm her and opens to hide her favourite fragrance in it. A moghra bud, an orange peel, a small cardamom, a sandal wood piece, whatever is her mood for the day.

It has a message on the diamond pattern which reads- “100 years of Indian Cinema” written in the braille script.

The idea for this sketch has been taken from the movie Queen. In the sketch I have drawn 3 views, to describe the ring :

1. Top view : In which you can see the full design.

2. Side view A: In which you can see the layering of the petals and how they are put together on the same axis one under the other, so that they rotate.

3. Side view B: I have drawn this view to make the layering and functioning of the petals more clear.

4. Suggestive sketch : This shows that you can rotate the petals in clockwise direction, according to users will.

5. Fashion illustration : This shows the ring and its proportion with respect to the hand.

The piece portrays the manifestation of courage to rise to the occasion, battle the odds and emerge victorious as shown in the movie Queen. The flight from despair to determination, all the while firmly rooted in one’s beliefs, and an unshakable sense of identity (Patina) that finally embellishes one’s character (pearls).

  • Monochromatic Magic
  • Golden Glory
  • Colourama
  • The Avant-Garde
  • Aditi Gupta, Delhi
    Swarnsarita Gems Ltd
  • Akash Dhameliya, Surat
    Prism Enterprise Pvt Ltd
  • Arunava Chakraborthy Mumbai
    Sama Jewellery Pvt. Ltd.
  • Astha Gupta, Delhi
    Jewel Goldi (India)
  • Dolly Nawalkha, Jaipur
    Naulakha Jewellers
  • Kamaraj M, Coimbatore
    Kirtilal Jewellers
  • Parkkavi B, Coimbatore
    Vispark Jewellery Mfrs Pvt. Ltd.
  • Priyanka Khaitan, Kolkata
    Moksh Jewellers
  • Soni Amin, Jaipur
    Bherumal Shamandas
  • Swati Kadam, Surat
    KPS Jewels Pvt Ltd
  • Animesh Hazra, Chennai
    NAC Jewellers
  • Kosha Shah, Mumbai
    Shilpi Jewellers
  • Meghna Bag, Thane
    Laxmi Dia Jewel Pvt Ltd
  • Natasha Adnani, Mumbai
    Fusions
  • Pratha Pravin Chavan, Mumbai
    Orra
  • Sanafiya Hakim, Thane
    Krizz Jewellery
  • Sanju Das, Mumbai
    Krizz Jewellery
  • Sanskruti Thorat, Ahmednagar
    Vasupati Jewellers
  • Subir Das, Howrah
    Jewel India Pvt. Ltd.
  • Tarash Tudu, Kolkata
    Mehandi Diamonds Pvt. Ltd.
  • A. Ashok Kumar, Coimbatore
    Kirtilalkalidas Jewellers Pvt Ltd
  • Mamta Rajaram, Pune
    Chandukaka Saraf And Sons Pvt Ltd
  • Murugesh Manickam, Bangalore
    C.Krishniah Chetty & Sons
  • Queeta Rawat, Delhi
    Titan Company Ltd
  • Shenbagaraman Pillai P, Bangalore
    C.Krishniah Chetty & Sons
  • Shreya Saggi,
    Twenty Two Karat
  • Subhankar Bhowmick, Mumbai
    Swarnsarita Jewels Pvt Ltd
  • Sunita Shekhawat, Jaipur
    Midas Signature Jewellery Pvt. Ltd
  • Sushil Solanki,Mumbai
    Sangam Chains
  • Sanjib Banerjee,Kolkata
    R.M. Jewellers
  • Arunava Chakraborty, Mumbai
    Sama Jewellery Pvt Ltd
  • Azba Khan, Ahmedabad
    Individual
  • Himani Harish, Noida
    KGK Creation (India) Pvt Ltd
  • Megha Lodha, Mumbai
    Individual
  • Mehul Gupta,
    Individual
  • Prashant Kumar Soni, Delhi
    Gahem Design House
  • Shrutika Patankar, Mumbai
    Fabulous Unrounds
  • Soukata Basu Malhotra, Bangalore
    Ganjam
  • Tarun Jain, Delhi
    AV Exports
  • Zohara Moorthy, Mumbai
    Dwarkadas Chandumal Jewellers

Aditi Gupta
Aditi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar. Her specialty was Gems and Precious Metals. Post her degree, she worked with Magppie and also designed for some leading jewellery houses like D’damas, Swarnmandir and Silgold. She’s always let her designs reflect her creativity and imagination.

Akash Dhameliya
Akash Dhameliya has just completed his B.B.A. course and is currently pursuing a graduate Jewellery Professional Program at the Indian Diamond Institute, Surat. His future ambition is to be recognized as a leading manufacturer in the jewellery industry.

Arunava Chakraborty
To perfectly express love for art is the sole motto of Arunava’s designs. He started this journey with fine art paintings, which remain his passion. He then graduated in Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi with a specialisation in Precious Jewellery. Presently, he heads the creative design department of Sama Jewellery Pvt.Ltd, Mumbai.

He received the President Award in painting, and was awarded as one of top Indian designers in the World Gold Council’s Gold Audition Design Competition.

Astha Gupta
Astha has a degree in Mass Communication. She is currently pursuing a Jewellery Manufacturing Course from the Indian Institute of Gems & Jewellery, Delhi. She is working towards establishing an individual and unconventional jewellery line along with a specialisation in handcrafted jewellery using different materials.

Dolly Nawalkha
Dolly was formerly a student at Hong Kong University. Her majors include Psychology and Counseling. She received her Jewellery Designer Diploma from GIA, India this summer. Art and designing have been her passion since her early teens. She believes that a good design is one that tells the story for itself and reflects the designer's perspective.

Kamaraj M
Kamraj graduated in 1995 in Fine Arts. Post his graduation he worked with Kirtilals. In 1999 his design won the South Finalist of the Swarna Anjali Award which was organised by the WGC. In 2000, his design got shortlisted as one of the top 10 for the Jasmine International Award. He currently heads Kirtilals Design Team.

Parkkavi B
Parkkavi’s passion for design and creativity led to her to gain a degree in Fine Arts. Post her graduation she got an opportunity to work with Vispark Jewellery. She believes that this has given her a golden opportunity to showcase her talent in creating designer jewellery.

Priyanka Khaitan
Priyanka has completed Diploma in Jewellery Designing and Gemology followed by a Masters in Fashion Management from National Institute of Technology, Kolkata. Her passion for design not only satisfies her creative aspirations but also gives her opportunities to work with the most experienced talent in the industry.

Soni Amin
Soni Amin is a jewellery designer with excellent design skills, strong technical understanding and a sound fashion sense. All of which stands her in good stead as she creates innovative and cost-effective jewellery designs. She has a broad range of experience working with design, production, costing and technical departments.

Swati Kadam
Swati took her first step towards jewellery design by completing a three year Diploma Course in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing Technology from IIGJ in the year 2009. Since 2012, she has been associated with K.P.Sanghvi Intl as an Assistant Merchandiser, which enables her to interact with customers on design discussions, new product developments and business development.

Animesh Hazra
Animesh has been working for over 9 years as a jewellery designer in various organisations. He is currently with NAC Jewellers Pvt Ltd. He has a proven track record of providing exemplary jewellery designs for various categories.

Kosha Shah
Kosha is a head designer at Shilpi Jewellers. She has been associated with the jewellery industry for over 7 years and is still learning new aspects of design every day. Her transition into jewellery design started with diamond jewellery and then gradually progressed into creating high-end antique jewellery.

Meghna Bag
Meghana graduated in jewellery designing and manufacturing from S.N.D.T in the year 2007 winning the title ‘Best Designed Collection’ for her final graduation project. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology.

She has worked with companies like B.N Jewellers and Kiah Diamonds in the fields of designing, manufacturing, brand & retail merchandising. She is currently employed with Laxmi Diamonds heading their Design team along with Retail Merchandising.

Natasha Adnani
With a flare for design and creativity, Natasha entered the world of fashion by working at L'Officiel India as a fashion assistant. She went on to pursue her interest in designing by obtaining a formal education in Jewellery Design, Manufacturing and Gemology at the GIA headquarters, California. On returning, she joined her father who specialises in retail custom jewellery. She aspires to start her own line of jewellery that appeals to the independent, ambitious, bon vivant woman of today.

Pratha Pravin Chavan
Partha has been a part of the jewellery industry for the past 6 years. She likes working on abstract forms, giving jewellery a touch of Indian cultural heritage, using motifs or techniques.

Sanafiya Hakim
Sanafiya Abbas Hakim has passed the Elementary Examination from Mumbai University and holds a BSc Degree. As she was interested in jewellery designing, she completed a course from SNDT College. She has been employed at Krizz Designing Centre as a Manual Designer for 7 years. During this period she was part of the Swarovski Gemvision-BRIDAL and 7 VOWS project with WGC.

Sanju Das
Sanju Das was one of the top 10 participants from West Bengal in the Fine Art competition. He has completed his HSC examination from West Bengal Board and has received his Fine Art degree from Bongio Sangeet Parishad. His experience of manual designing includes working with Shilpa Art for 4 years and Jia Jewels for 2 years. Currently he works with Krizz Designing Centre as a Manual Designer. At Krizz Designing Centre he worked on a project of Swarovski Gemvision-BRIDAL.

Sanskruti Thorat
Sanskruti is a lifestyle accessory designer. Her designs are inspired by nature, everyday objects, cultures, spaces, etc. She is currently pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma in Lifestyle Accessory Design from the National Institute of Design. She has completed her graduation from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore specialising in Accessory Design.

Subir Das
Subir Das is a jewellery designer by profession. He has worked as a design consultant and also as a freelancer with many leading brands. He believes that design is present in every walk of life and wishes to reflect his thoughts through his designs.

Tarash Tudu
Tarash Tudu is a professional jewellery designer. She also selects and assorts diamonds, being an expert in this field. She is currently working with Mehandi Diamond Private Ltd. She completed her graduation in Jewellery Designing from the Sindhar Institute of Gemology (2010).

Ashok Kumar
Ashok Kumar completed his graduation in fine arts in 1995. Post his graduation he got an opportunity to work with Kirtilals. His first tenure as a Designer with Kirtilals has enriched his knowledge of design and manufacturing processes. From 2005 onwards, he has been leading the Kirtilals Design Team. In 2006, he was given the title of ‘Best Designer’ by Kirtilals.

Mamta Rajaram
Mamta Rajaram is a jewellery designer by profession. She has completed her M.A in Clinical Psychology but went on to nurture her talent as an artist and jewellery designer. She also teaches jewellery designing.

Murugesh Manickam
Murugesh is a jewellery designer. Nature is his source of inspiration when it comes to creating designs. He has 10 years experience in the field of designing and works for C.Krishniah Chetty & Sons. He is adept at designs like temple jewellery, fusion designs, contemporary and diamond classic designs.

Queeta Rawat
Queeta studied jewellery design in Italy. She has been with Tanishq for more than 9 years now. She believes in ‘less is more’ and her forte lies in the seamless amalgamation of the old with the new. ‘Jodha Akbar’ by Tanishq, was partly handled by her in terms of design and manufacturing.

Shenbagaraman Pillai P
Pillai has been a senior designer of C.Krishniah Chetty & Sons Design Studio since 2004. His strength lies in designing fashionable diamond jewellery for the discerning woman. He has also attended ‘HRD Award Ceremony-2013’, Beijing and visited the China International Jewellery Show and leading jewellery manufacturing units in the country.

Shreya Saggi
Shreya’s passion for design began at the early age of five. Winning the Jewellery Design Scholarship granted by GIA (Carlsbad) was a stepping stone in her career. With her knowledge she hopes to give Indian and international clients handcrafted, innovative jewellery with a contemporary twist of her own.

Shubhankar Bhowmick
Subhankar Bhowmick is a jewellery designer by profession. Nature strongly inspires him. He hopes to explore various aspects of his creativity through his designs.

Sunita Shekhawat
Sunita Shekhawat is a recognised jewellery designer in Jaipur. She designs her signature jewellery under the label ‘Midas’. She designs exclusive high-end bridal jewellery and specialises in exclusive jewellery designs predominantly for royalty. She has clientèle ranging from Bollywood stars to top business families. Her articles/writings are published in magazines like Vogue, Femina, Hello, Harper’s Bazaar, as well as newspapers such as Mumbai Times, Bangalore Times, Delhi Times, Times of India and the Telegraph.

Sushil Solanki
Sushil is a graduate from K.B.P. Hinduja University. He joined his family’s jewellery business in 1989 as a Director with Sangam group. His inclination towards design and technology drew him to a gradation course. He wants to bring the best technology to India. He leads innovation in design at Sangam and this got the group many accolades at the National Jewellery Awards.

Arunava Chakraborty
To perfectly express love for art is the sole motto of Arunava’s designs. He started this journey with fine art paintings, which remain his passion. He then graduated in Accessory Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi with a specialisation in Precious Jewellery. Presently, he heads the creative design department of Sama Jewellery Pvt.Ltd, Mumbai.

He received the President Award in painting, and was awarded as one of top Indian designers in the World Gold Council’s Gold Audition Design Competition.

Azba Khan
Azba Khan is a third year student of fashion and lifestyle accessory at the National Institute of Fashion and Technology, Gandhinagar. She aims high and wants to be a well-acclaimed designer.

Himani Harish
Himani, a fashion and lifestyle accessory designer, is a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar. Her specialisation is in Jewellery Design. She won the ‘Retail Jeweller Award 2007’ for “Student Jewellery Designer of the Year’. Post her graduation project with Tata-Tanishq she was awarded the title of ‘The Most Commercially Viable Design Collection 2009’ from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).

She completed her post-graduation from the National Institute of Design (NID) where she did her Masters in Market Research. She has a good understanding of national and international design trends and how they can be transformed to suit Indian customers. She is among the top 13 finalists of the ‘Future Designers’ category for emerging designers. This was set up by trend forecasting service WGSN, as part of their ‘Global Fashion Awards, 2013’ given out at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Megha Lodha
Megha is a jewellery designer and alumni of JDM (S.N.D.T University), Mumbai. She is currently freelancing on projects with affiliated training partners of GJSCI. Megha has 4 years experience with a renowned jewellery company in Mumbai and has complete knowledge of the jewellery production process. Her project on ‘Sufism’ was awarded the ‘Best Wearable Jewellery’ in the final year of her degree.

Mehul Gupta
Mehul is a graduate in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing with S.N.D.T Women’s University. She is a diamond grader and gemologist with HRD Belgium. During her college years, through her project called “The Patiala House”, she recreated the era of The Royal Family of Patiala. She has designed a collection based on the paintings of an impressionist painter - Vincent Van Gogh. Mehul has also been the finalist at the ‘Jaipur Jewellery Design Competition, 2013’ organised by Jeweller’s Association Show (JAS), Jaipur.

Prashant Kumar Soni
Prashant belongs to a family of traditional jewellery makers and is a close witness to the process of jewellery designing. He has completed his Jewellery Designing Diploma from IIGJ, in early 2009. He has worked with Tanishq, Reliance Lifestyle Jewellery and others. He is also working on his dream project – ‘Gahem Design House’ which he begun in September 2011.

Shrutika Patankar
Shrutika works with ‘Fab Jewels India Pvt. Ltd’. With an experience of 10+ years in the design domain she has involved herself in various stages of the product life cycle. She holds a Diploma in Jewellery Designing and Manufacturing from SNDT Juhu, Mumbai. She was the first runner up in the ‘Nakshtra Diamond Design Competition’ and also one of the finalists in the ‘World Gold Council Competition’ featuring amongst the top 20 contestants.

Soukata Basu Malhotra
Soukata graduated in fashion and lifestyle accessory design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in 2009. She is currently working as a Senior Designer in Ganjam, Bangalore and is actively involved in designing their in-house jewellery.

She has been part of craft projects such as Tarakashi- Cuttack Filigree (initiated by GJEPC and continued by Ganjam) and attended craft workshops such as Abhushan by World Craft Council. Her recent work includes – ‘Arbour Amore’ by Ganjam, which was worn by Sonam Kapoor as the show stopper at IIJW-2014. Her designs have also been showcased in the world renowned Swarovski Trend Book.

Tarun Jain
Tarun was introduced to the world of jewellery when he was just a child. By the time Tarun was in middle school, he had the skills and zeal to make an impact in the industry. He went on to get a formal education in jewellery design and manufacture at GIA and IIGJ.

Zohara Moorthy
Zohara is a bespoke jewellery and accessory designer based in Mumbai, India. She graduated from the National Institute of Design in Product Design. After which, she obtained a Diploma in Gemology and Diamond Grading from the Gemological Institute of India and a Masters in Fashion Accessory from Istituto Marangoni in Milan. She has worked with exclusive jewellery brands like Swarovski, Pranda, Surana and Sahara Global Design Studio. Her international exposure has come through projects with Hugo Boss, Ermenegildo Zegna, and many more, while she was in Milan.

Sanjib Banerjee
Sanjib Banerjee is a jewellery designer. He is very passionate about art and beauty. He pursued his training in designing from Kolkata and has been working as a designer for more than one decade in Mumbai. He loves to combine his imagination with practical knowledge in his designs.