Legendary British designer Stephen Webster graces The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020 an initiative of GJEPC

The theme for the 3rd edition was Architectural Gems to target 2021 buying season The Artisan Awards 2020 presented 27 winners in Art-Deco, Neo-Futurism & Islamic Arabesque categories and the Best Product Inventory

Legendary British designer Stephen Webster presents the Artisan Award
L to R: Mr. Colin Shah,  Legendary British designer Stephen Webster, Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal and Mr. Mansukh Kothari pose with the winners of The Artisan Awards presented by the (GJEPC)
All the winners of The Artisan Awards along with dignitaries

 3 Eras! 625 Entries! 27 Winners! Legendary British designer Stephen Webster graced the annual momentous event recognising and rewarding the best in jewellery design, The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards, an initiative by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The Artisan Awards epitomises the highest levels of artistry, innovation and individuality – elevating jewellery designers to their rightful status of artistes.

 

The purpose of The Artisan Awards is to inspire India’s jewellery designers to push their design boundaries and demonstrate their skill by showcasing world-class pieces! The theme for this year’s The Artisan Jewellery Design Awards 2020 powered by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) was Architectural Gems under which there were different categories namely Art-Deco, Neo Futurism and Islamic Arabesque. There was a special category for the Best Product Inventory for IIJS Signature 2020 exhibitors. The winner for the Art-Deco category was Harjas Kaur; the winner for Neo futurism was Namrata Bhardwaj; and the winner for Islamic Arabesque category was Koushik Mondal. The Awards were given away by Mr. Stephen Webster, Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal (Chairman, GJEPC), Mr. Colin Shah (Vice Chairman, GJEPC), and Mrs. Nirupa Bhatt (MD – GIA, India & Middle East).

 

Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC, said, “India has extremely talented pool of jewellery designers. Artisan awards is one of its kind initiatives of GJEPC to felicitate the best talent in jewellery design. The objective of organizing Artisan Awards is to encourage and motivate our students and designers to reach their full potential and make it big in this industry. I congratulate all the designers behind crafting such beautiful designs and the manufacturers who brought these designs to life. Looking at these exquisite jewellery pieces, I can say that the future of this industry is in safe hands.”

 

Internationally acclaimed jewellery designer Mr. Stephen Webster said, “For a piece of jewellery materials are everything. Materials and craft form the basis, but the element of design pushes things further. Design competitions are important because they challenge you to push yourself creatively, to push your own boundaries. India is steeped in tradition and India has influenced nearly all jewellery designers. I congratulate all the winners of The Artisan Awards presented by GJEPC and can say we have seen some great pieces.”

 

Mr. Colin Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC, said, “India’s craftsmen are amongst the best in the world when it comes to product engineering . At GJEPC it is our sincere effort to nurture the design talent, provide platforms to showcase their potential to the world. One amongst various initiatives that GJEPC has undertaken is The Artisan Awards. In its 3rd year, we have fairly good representation from India and abroad. Through this platform, we tapped talent that not only has the vision to create designs that push the boundaries of creativity but also imbibe factors that give jewellery 360-degree touch to be accessible to the end user.”

 

Mr. Milan Chokshi, Member-COA & Convener, Promotions, Marketing and Business Development of the GJEPC, said, “The kind of designs we saw through this process have been truly amazing. The eminent jury had a real tough task in selecting the finalists and winners. And the support that the manufacturers gave these young designers was heartening to see. This year’s theme “Architectural Gems” has been devised to inspire designers to use a nonlinear approach to create jewellery, inspired by 3 distinct eras of architecture. I congratulate all 625 participants for their inspiring interpretations of the theme. The future is bright and shiny.”

Architectural Gems – what is it that overlaps between these aesthetic worlds? If you compare the two, you find that they both follow key principles of durability, utility and beauty. So, it’s not surprising that the same keywords are associated with both arts: shape, structure, quality, line, flow, pattern and precision.

 

Back in the day, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress. The concept of Art Deco was not just a single style, but a pastiche of different and sometimes contradictory ones.

 

Neo-futurism is an early-21st century architectural style, which evolved out of high-tech architecture. It is a concept that incorporates urban design that is in touch with human emotions, ethical values and sustainability.

 

Islamic Arabesque: The Arabesque developed out of early traditions of plant-based scroll ornament in the cultures taken over by the early Islamic conquests. It is often used to symbolize the transcendent, indivisible and the infinity in nature.

Artisan Awards 2020
Sr. No Designer Name Manufacturer Position
Category- ART DECO

1

Harjas Kaur A’Star Jewellery Winner

2

Juhee Bolakhe Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers Finalist

3

Monu Jain Gupta Monu Jain Gupta Second Runner Up

4

Saurabh Jhaveri Tiara Silver Pvt Ltd Finalist

5

Budoor Albudoor La Marquise Diamonds,Dubai Finalist

6

Shruti Sharma KP Sanghvi Finalist

7

Arif Hossain A’Star Jewellery First Runner Up

8

Ashishkumar Doshi Oopal Diamonds Finalist

9

Hema Harika Chandana Imaginarium (India) Pvt. Ltd Finalist
Category- NEO FUTURISM

1

Juhee Bolakhe Vummidi Bangaru Jewellers Finalist

2

Namrata Bhardwaj A’Star Jewellery Winner

3

Anant Jain Mukti Gold Finalist

4

Saayli Dhongade Diagold Creation Pvt. Ltd.  Finalist

5

Ashishkumar Doshi Oopal Diamonds Finalist

6

Kosha Shah Anand Shah First Runner Up

7

Jinal Patel Reliance Jewels Second Runner Up

8

Mitali Kikani H. Ajoomal Fine Jewellery Finalist

9

Archangel Caszo Reliance Jewels Finalist
Category- ISLAMIC ARABESQUE

1

Pratiksha Gandle Reliance Jewels Finalist

2

Saloni Kaushik Titan Company Limited Finalist

3

Sonali Sheth Sphere Second Runner Up

4

Ketki Ambardekar Jewel Goldi First Runner Up

5

Koushik Mondal Tanvirkumar &  Company Winner

6

Tanaya Agarwal Imaginarium India Pvt Ltd Finalist

7

Jaydeb Dolui Tribhuvandas Bhimji Zaveri Finalist

8

Bhagyashree Vaidya Tanvirkumar &  Company Finalist

9

Rakesh Bakuly Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd. Finalist

 

Best Product Inventory at Signature IIJS 2020
Category Winner
Couture Cuffs Anand Shah Jewels
Cocktail Rings Anand Shah Jewels
Silver Jewellery Ira Jewels
Daily Wear Diamond Jewellery Manak Jewellers Pvt. Ltd
Coloured Gemstone Jewellery Sanskriti Jewels
Couture Diamond Jewellery Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas
Gold Jewellery Shakti Jewellers Pvt. Ltd.
Kundan Meena Jewellery Sparsh Jewellers

 

About Stephen Webster, the founder of Stephen Webster Jewellery, a London based fine jewellery brand that was set up by him in 1989. His designs are known for their powerful aesthetic and instantly recognizable collections. A pioneer of Fairtrade gold, his brand is genuinely conscious of using materials that are responsibly sourced. In 2015 he was named Jewellery Designer of The Year at the 13th Annual GEM Awards. A few years later in 2018,  he was presented with the Couture Design Award for ‘Best in Innovation’.  Today, he continues to break the rules of fine jewellery with designs that are intelligent, thought-provoking and visionary.

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