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There can be no doubt left that the IIJS can – sin­gle-hand­edly – turn around the for­tunes of the en­tire In­dian gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try. The 2018 edi­tion boasts an or­der book worth I8,000 crore – and this at a time when the mar­kets were sub­dued and ex­pec­ta­tions were at an all-time low. The Cover Story of­fers a de­tailed re­port on the go­ings-on, prod­uct cat­e­gories that were in de­mand, and views by in­dus­try ex­perts and key play­ers. The suc­cess of the show has set a pos­i­tive tone for the up­com­ing fes­tive and wed­ding sea­sons.

The In­dian gem and jew­ellery in­dus­try has al­ways re­sponded quickly and gen­er­ously to­wards vic­tims of nat­u­ral calami­ties. Fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing floods in Ker­ala, the GJEPC dis­trib­uted emer­gency re­lief ma­te­ri­als to over 3,000 peo­ple. The Coun­cil will be in­volved in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ef­forts along with other trade bod­ies through the Gem and Jew­ellery Na­tional Re­lief Foun­da­tion (GJNRF). On the side­lines of the IIJS, the GJEPC, through its Jewellers for Hope ini­tia­tive, held a char­ity din­ner that do­nated I1 crore to three NGOs. Read more about these phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties in this is­sue.

Neil Ven­tura, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of strat­egy and in­no­va­tion, De Beers Group, has penned a re­sponse to Soli­taire’s Au­gust Cover Story, ‘De Beers: Fire in the Hole’ by Chaim Even-Zo­har with Pranay Narvekar. Turn to In Fo­cus, to read Neil’s point of view on the Light­box is­sue and the fu­ture of De Beers’ di­a­mond busi­ness.

Edi­to­rial Team Email: soli­taire@gjepcin­dia.com

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