Win­ners of Anant – The De­sign Com­pe­ti­tion Fe­lic­i­tated

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GJSCI, in its en­deav­our to re­vive some of India’s dy­ing arts forms, held a jew­ellery con­test aimed at pro­mot­ing de­sign devel­op­ment, prod­uct in­no­va­tion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of Hu­pari Payal (Kol­ha­pur), Tarakasi (Cut­tack), Thewa (Ra­jasthan) and Ga­jra (Bhuj, Gu­jarat). The ob­jec­tive be­hind the con­cept was to en­cour­age th­ese arts and cre­ate con­tem­po­rary de­signs around them, and, in turn, help up­lift and up­skill ar­ti­sans to ex­pand the jew­ellery de­sign reper­toire for do­mes­tic as well as in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

The se­lec­tion of the win­ners was tough as they were rated on var­i­ous pa­ram­e­ters like de­tail, con­cept and orig­i­nal­ity, ease of man­u­fac­ture, sales po­ten­tial and cre­ativ­ity. Af­ter a strin­gent scru­tiny by a panel of lead­ing ex­perts from the gems and jew­ellery in­dus­try, San­jay Kothari, chair­man, GJSCI, along with Ra­jeev Garg, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor and CEO, GJSCI, in­vited renowned celebri­ties from the gems and jew­ellery in­dus­try to be jury mem­bers.

Among th­ese were celebrity jew­ellery de­sign­ers Roopa Vora, In­dra Jad­wani and Varuna D. Jani, while the re­tail sec­tion com­prised some prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties like Ra­jiv Po­p­ley of Po­p­ley & Sons, Su­nil Dat­wani of Gehna Jew­ellers, Sumesh Wad­hera of Art of Jew­ellery and Soma Bhatta of Re­tail Jew­eller.

In the over­all cat­e­gory, Sak­shi Agrawal won the first place; Varuni Goyal bagged the sec­ond prize; and Pooja Mishra se­cured the third. Con­so­la­tion prizes in in­di­vid­ual art forms were given to Shreya Nath ( Thewa), Nam­rata Singh ( Hu­pari Payal), Aashi Jain ( Tarakasi) and Sm­riti Agarwal ( Ga­jra). Spe­cial prize win­ners were Tanvi Chi­talia, Vrinda Agrawal, Kalyani San­jay Choudhary, R. Ruk­mani and Sneha Is­rani.

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