INVIGORATING IDEAS SHARED AT DESIGN INSPIRATIONS 2018
The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) organised Design Inspirations 2018, a two-day knowledge forum on upcoming jewellery trends. Various renowned speakers focused on understanding what creates jewellery trends in the world’s major jewellery consuming markets like India, USA and Europe. The theme for Design Inspirations 2018 ‘Concept To Creation-Optimising Efficiency’, concentrated on evolution and life cycle of jewellery design from conceptual stage to final product development in today’s digital age.
Commenting on the event, GJEPC chairman Pramod Agarwal said, “Designing as per the latest trends and as per the market requirement is an area the Indian industry needs to focus more if we want to expand our hold in the global market. Apart from setting up new institutes at identified gem and jewellery clusters, the Council will further ramp up its existing gem and jewellery institutes by introducing new courses and facilities to meet our goal.”
Opening the seminar on day one, GJEPC vice chairman Colin Shah, noted, “Design Inspirations aims to ignite the young minds every year with eminent speakers from across the globe sharing their viewpoints on the Indian and international trends. Consumers are always on a lookout for something new and trendy which adds to the pressure of innovating quickly. In the sixth year of Design Inspirations, we would like to continue to inspire the gems and jewellery industry to focus on converting creative design concepts into saleable jewellery with speed for consumer buying purpose.”
Milan Chokshi, convener, Promotions, Marketing & Business Development sub-committee, GJEPC, concluded the day two session by thanking every speaker individually for participating in the seminar and providing meaningful insights and directions. “India is omnipresent in the world of gems and jewellery, and consequently the largest stakeholder in every way. As the leader, it’s essential that we extend our lead over the others by constantly striving to improve in every area. Definitely, Design Inspirations is a move in that direction, and I am sure this would help the industry to move in sync, if not ahead of the industry.”
The list of speakers this year included Alexandra Mor, haute joaillerie creative director and designer of the eponymous brand in the USA; Paola De Luca, founder, The Futurist Ltd; Roza Topolnicka, branding partner, Swarovski Gemstones; Abhishek Rastogi, head of design, Tanishq; Farah Khan, founder, Farah Khan Fine Jewellery; Aakrosh Sharma, Caratlane; John Varghese, associate partner at IBM India; Siddharth Kasliwal, creative head and heir of The Gem Palace, Payal Singhal, fashion designer, Shehzad Zaveri, owner and creative head, Minawala Jewellers; Roopa Vohra, jewellery designer and many more.
GJEPC executive director, marketing & publicity, Ruchita Sharma, GJEPC vice chairman Colin Shah and GIA managing director - India and Middle East, Nirupa Bhatt