23 October 2012

Tv9 Gujarat - One kg Gold crown offers to lord Swaminarayan, Gadhada

Jay Swaminarayan

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Tv9 Gujarat - Gujarat's first Golden Temple, Gadhda near bhavanagar

Gujarat get its first Golden Temple. This temple is of Swaminarayan God and is made with 70 kg Gold. Total 21 crore rupees were spent in renovating this oldest temple of Swaminarayan Community. The reason behind making this temple of gold is that before 200 years said that one day this temple will be of gold. The God stayed in this temple of Gadhda for 29 years.
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Rajwadi jewellery in trend during wedding :Tv9 Gujarat - Ahmedabad

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Special Jewellery Exhibition, Rajkot , tv9 gujarat


Jewellery Exhibition was held at Rajkot. Machine made jewellery, diamond jewellery, golden jewellery, etc. were seen in this exhibition. But Rajkot Jewellery were the center of attraction. Rajkot has always been the hub of jewellery and new trends in it. Amitabh Bachchan and Sachin Tendulkar made their rings in Rajkot whereas a jeweler has got the order to make jewellery set for Kareena Kapoor's Wedding

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Life in Ahmadabad

'Life in Ahmadabad' Film showcasing heritage richness of the city

A film showcasing heritage richness of Ahmadabad was displayed during exhibition at Valladolid in Spain as a part of Euro-India Summit, October 2009


Source: http://www.jitegagujarat.com/video/3/films.html

16 October 2012

GJEPC plans jewellery shows across the country

The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) plans to set up a modern convention centre, preferably in Mumbai, at a cost of Rs 200 crore.

Vipul Shah, GJEPC Chairman, said that the council has submitted a proposal for Rs 1,194 crore for 2012-17 and it has been approved by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

“The Commerce Ministry is trying to persuade the Maharashtra Government to allot a defunct mill land so that a convention centre could be set up. We hope to receive a positive response from the State Government,” he said.

The lack of a large convention centre has been a major hurdle for the industry, which is trying hard to boost exports by conducting promotional events. Earlier this year, GJEPC had a waitlist of 1,000 jewellers who could not be accommodate at its annual India International Jewellery Show. This year, the show was spread over about 46,000 sq m and had 1,800 stalls of about 800 exhibitors from India and abroad.

The council has decided to conduct a series of jewellery show events in a year at different cities such as Delhi and Bangalore to meet the growing demand from the trade for such promotional activities.

Asked whether the council would look at other States for setting up the convention centre if land was not made immediately available in Mumbai, Sanjay Kothari, former Chairman of GJEPC, said that the Council is ready to consider any State that offers the best deal. However, Mumbai is most preferred as it is an important trade hub of the gem and jewellery industry, he said.

Besides a convention centre, GJEPC is also keen to set up a bourse for trading in gems at Jaipur, a Gem and a jewellery park in Mumbai, a common facility centre in Gujarat and a technology upgradation and training centre at Domjur in Kolkata.

Pankaj Kumar Parekh, Vice Chairman of GJEPC, said that a jeweller in Kolkata has agreed to sell a bigha (less than an acre) of land for setting up the institute.

“The work will begin once the deal is done. It will be of great help to the industry as most of the artisans are from the state,” he said. The Council targets to achieve focused skill development for the industry by setting performance standards for the institute.
Source: http://www.jewelryne.ws/gitanjali-bags-niryat-shree-gold-award-for-top-exporter-in-gems-jewellery-sector/

Gitanjali bags Niryat Shree Gold Award for Top Exporter in Gems & Jewellery Sector

Gitanjali Gems Ltd., the leader in branded jewellery in India, has bagged the prestigious ‘Niryat Shree Gold Award’ in the Gems & Jewellery category. At a glittering function held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, Mr. Sanjeev Agarwal, CEO, Gitanjali Export Corporation Ltd. received the award from the Hon’ble President of India,Shri Pranab Mukherjee. 
Speaking at the occasion, Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said “ Exports have a very important role to play in the economic growth of our country. The positive contribution that this sector makes to the promotion of employment within the country is of utmost importance in attaining our goal of equitable growth. I am certain that these awards would inspire other entrepreneurs to contribute even more vigorously to the economic development of our country. I call upon FIEO to keep pace with the country’s evolving trade practices & provide t he necessary support to India’s export promotion efforts.”
“We’re proud to receive this award from such a prestigious organization as the FIEO & would like to thank the organisation for recognising our contribution in the Jewellery sector,” said Mr.Mehul Choksi,CMD, Gitanjali Gems Ltd.
The award instituted by Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO),New Delhi (set up by Ministry of Commerce, Govt. Of India) is given to member exporters for achieving outstanding performance in export of goods and services. FIEO instituted two prestigious awards, ‘ Niryat Shree’ & ‘Niryat Bandhu’ in 1995 -96 for recognising the contributions of exporters and other agencies engaged in export promotion.
source: http://www.jewelryne.ws/gitanjali-bags-niryat-shree-gold-award-for-top-exporter-in-gems-jewellery-sector/

08 October 2012

VIDEO - Malani Jewelers TV Advertisement 2012 featuring Saumya

Malani Jewelers - a name which stands as a hall mark of trust and exemplary customer service. This is not just a slogan but a firm belief of a family where Jewelry is a passion. We are the third generation entrepreneurs and have an experience spawning more than 90 years in business. It is this rich experience and our international exposure in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Pakistan and India; which gives us an edge to sell the best quality jewelry at very competitive prices.
Our journey of growth began from a humble Store in Decatur, Atlanta, GA; as we laid the foundation of customer service and trust. Our customers and patrons have helped us in a very special way, adding brick by brick to grow into a phenomenal success story. In order to extend our reach and to serve you better, we now have a Store in Tampa, Florida and also in Dallas, Texas . We also have www.malanijewelers.com - an online jewelry store for all those customers who can not shop in-person. Making sure that you get the comfort of leisure shopping and live customer service.



SOURCE: http://www.malanijewelers.com

27 September 2012

Branded gold jewellers see glitter in expansion

Branded gold jewellery retailers seem to be on an expansion spree. This is despite high gold prices dampening demand in the last few months.
The sharp rise in gold prices and the high taxes have worsened the situation for standalone jewellers already battling the economic slowdown.
About 90 per cent of the market is dominated by unbranded single shop jewellers. Branded jewellers have decided to increase their market share by opening showrooms in smaller towns.
Prominent Kerala-based Kalyan Jewellers last week opened its first showroom at Ahmedabad. It intends opening three more at Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat at an investment of Rs 300 crore by the end of this fiscal. At present, it owns 37 stores and hopes to open 100 by 2015.
The 150-year-old Mumbai-based Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri has ventured east by opening two showrooms in Kolkata. Shrikant Zaveri, Chairman, TBZ, said that in the last six months, three showrooms had been opened in Pune, Mumbai and Vadodara. With the opening of the two showrooms in Kolkata, TBZ now has 18 in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
Besides established players spreading their wings into new markets, Nalli Silks plans to diversify into the jewellery business. Nalli Jewellers opened its first store in Chennai recently. It aims to open a jewellery outlet at the 25 destinations where Nalli Silks has a presence.
Gitanjali Gems has also set a target to open 300 retail outlets this fiscal. Of these, 40-45 stores will be owned by the company, while the rest will be via the franchise model. The company currently has 4,000 retail outlets across India.
Abhishek Gupta, President, Gitanjali Gems, said that in recent times there has been a significant shift in jewellery trade from the unorganised sector to branded jewellery, with consumer preference for design and purity of the yellow metal.
“With rising cost of fund and slowing demand, small players are also finding it difficult to hold on to high inventory. This has opened up fresh opportunities in the franchising business,” he added.
Stabilisation of rentals at leading malls and prominent shopping places in the rural areas should also help jewellers when they negotiate long-term contract for the stores. 
SOURCE: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/marketing/article3935710.ece?ref=wl_industry-and-economy

Gold rush for jewellery brands in south India

Big jewellery businesses in southern India are signing movie stars to endorse their brands 
Chennai: Tamil movie star Suriya walks around a pristine beach dressed in a casual suit that’s nearly the same colour as the sand, and reminds viewers that “life is beautiful”—especially when it’s filled with jewellery from Malabar Gold and Diamonds.
Suriya is only the latest south Indian film actor to throw his celebrity weight behind a jewellery brand— and by the look of it, he isn’t going to be the last.
The big four in the jewellery business in southern India–Malabar Gold, Kalyan Jewellers, Joy Alukkas and Jos Alukkas–are signing movie stars to endorse their brands in the hope that they will be able to sway their myriad fans to the jewellery stores.
They have increased advertising budgets across media to combat a slump in demand, overcome competition from small retailers and facilitate their expansion to new locations and markets. Whether it’s in print or on television, the brands are working hard to seduce shoppers into ignoring the steep price tags on their gold jewellery and precious stones.
Domestic demand for the yellow metal was hammered down in the first quarter of 2012 by a new tax on jewellery, increases in the import duty for gold and the volatility of the rupee, according to World Gold Council (WGC).
In the second quarter of 2012, jewellery demand saw its steepest decline to 124.8 tonne, down 30% year-on-year from 179.5 tonne, said WGC
Meanwhile, the jewellery category has witnessed a surge in advertising spending in the last three years, said Sriram Sharma, vice president-Bangalore, Starcomm Worldwide. Growth may have been slower at 25% between January and June, compared to 34 % for the same period in 2010, but the spending is growing nonetheless, he said.
At 77%, the bulk of advertising on gold jewellery is in print—advertisers say female shoppers often carry along clippings of jewellery ads to showrooms—but it’s on television that mostly male movie stars of south India are doing the hard sell.
Before signing Suriya, Malabar Gold featured music director Illayaraja and Hindi actor Hema Malini in Tamil Nadu. Tamil actors Madhavan and Vijay endorse Joy Alukkas and Jos Alukkas, respectively.
“Without a celebrity endorsing the brand, it is difficult to create mass appeal and brand recall,” said Varghese Alukka, managing director of Jos Alukkas.
The mascot changes depending on the state being targeted. Malayalam film star Mohanlal endorses the Malabar gold brand in Kerala.
Kalyan Jewellers is endorsed by popular actors from each of the four film industries in the south: Prabhu in Tamil Nadu, Akkineni Nagarjuna in Andhra Pradesh, Shivaraj Kumar in Karnataka and Dilip in Kerala.
Malabar spent Rs.75 crore on advertising last year and expects to spend Rs.100 crore to build up its brand this year, said, Abdul Salam, group executive director of Malabar Gold and Diamond.
Kalyan Jewellers, which has 35 retail showrooms, 15 more outlets in the pipeline and plans to expand in western and northern markets, expects to double its advertising budget to Rs.150 crore this year, said chairperson and managing director T.S. Kalyanaraman.
Kalyan’s push towards northern markets has led to Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being added to its list of celebrity endorsers. Bachchan recently joined Prabhu for an elaborately storyboarded television commercial that staged a reunion between Bachchan playing a school teacher and Prabhu, a grateful pupil.
“This is the first time south and north stars have collaborated together for a commercial on this scale,” said V.A. Shrikumar, director of the commercial. He has directed another commercial in which Aishwarya Rai Bachchan takes a dip in a pool of gold.
Each of the television spots has distinctive storylines to distinguish one brand from the next. Product displays are woven into densely plotted scripts that emphasise the values that the brands claims to represent. Vijay talks about a return to roots theme in the Jos Alukkas commercials, while Madhavan hardsells the purity of Joy Alukkas products—he plays a police officer who arrests a bunch of people for selling impure gold in one television spot.
“The idea is to create a pull,” said Anil Sathiraju, associate vice president and head, south, for DDB Mudra Group. Mudra Creative handles the Joy Alukkas account. “The product advertising is different for each brand and they all want to say a different story.”
The jewellery brands were spending close to Rs.300 crore on advertising and brand building initiative across print and television, estimated Sathiraju. “They have increased their spends,” he added. “They cannot survive without advertising”.
SOURCE: http://origin-www.livemint.com/Consumer/9h0n8UqBKSj6um0HPztDOO/Gold-rush-for-jewellery-brands-in-south-India.html

17 September 2012

Kalyan Jewellers forays in Gujarat

Embarking on a major expansion spree, leading jewelry store chain, Kalyan Jewellers, have stepped out of South India and forayed into western state of Gujarat with its first store in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
A flagship of the century old Kalyan Group, has also roped in the super star Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador. Bachchan is already brand ambassador for Gujarat Tourism.
Claiming to be a market leader in the South, Kalyan Jewellers is planning to invest Rs 1000 crore this year and is likely to enter Maharashtra and other parts of Gujarat. It was also tragetting Rs 16,000 crore turnover by the end of this fiscal.
“Kalyan Jewellers enjoy a strong association and trust. The launch of our store in Gujarat underlines the importance of this dynamic market. We are hopeful that our tryst with Ahmedabad will make more jewellery aficionados appreciate the brand and its unparalleled collection," said T S Kalyanaraman, Managing Director, Kalyan Jewellers, during the inauguration company's 38th store in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Bachchan said that Gujarat was like a home to him as he has received lot of love and warmth from the people of the state. He said that his association with the Kalyan brand was very recent.
Kalyan Jewellers is also likely to open three more showrooms in Rajkot, Vadodara, and Surat with an estimated investment of Rs 300 crore, by the end of this fiscal.

SOURCE: http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/kalyan-jewellers-forays-in-gujarat/486607/

15 September 2012

OMG Oh My Gold

Oh My Gold
TLC to host new series of Oh My Gold
Leading lifestyle channel in India, TLC will be airing a new season of its programme ‘OH MY GOLD’, delivering a fresh approach to tapping India’s jewellery market. The new avatar of the programme will be hosted by former Miss India, Nikita Anand and will showcases the sheer diversity and wealth of Indian jewellery’s cultural heritage and its age-old fascination with personal ornamentation.
Some segments will explain how gold and jewels have transcended materialism and become an integral part of spiritual and religious custom, sanctified over the centuries, blended with new and exciting trends in the world of jewellery– contemporary trends in gold, diamonds, pearls and gems.
Host Nikita will interact with leading designers to explore trends in new designs, materials and the inspiration behind the modern interpretation of Indian ornamentation. ‘Golden style tips’ will be also be shared with viewers. The regional specificity of embellishment - styles, history, local artisanal traditions and tastes, will form part of the show’s content also, as will the wealth of jewellery in the City Of Joy - Kolkata, the Golden Paradise - Chennai, The city of Gods and gold - Thiruvananthapuram and Pune, land of the Marathas.
The new series is slated to begin from October 22 every Monday at 9:00 p.m., on TLC.

SOURCE: http://diamondworld.net/contentview.aspx?item=7261

30 August 2012



It was in 1964 that G Rajendran founded G R Thangamaligai, in the then fast-growing shopping hub of Chennai (formerly Madras).

Like all great success stories, GRT as the shop is fondly called by customers, began from humble origins.

Through single-minded focus on customer satisfaction, GRT soon became a household name in Chennai. Gaining renown for the purity of its ornaments, wide choice of designs and consistent customer delight.

GRT's growing customer base made necessary the expansion of its retail outlet. A bigger showroom was built to give customers a great shopping ambience, as well as the widest choice of collections. Silverware had its own separate floor, which boasted of the largest collection in India on a single floor.

Subsequently, a new showroom was added on Coats Road, T Nagar, Chennai, reflecting changing tastes and needs of customers. This showroom also boasts of the largest diamond floor in Chennai.

GRT's move to the next level is being steered by G Rajendran's sons, G R Anantha Padmanabhan and G R Radhakrishnan; whose relentless pursuit after growth and passion for the jewellery business, resulted in the birth of showrooms in Tirupathi, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) and Anna Nagar (Chennai).

Showrooms are now being planned in Bengaluru, Hosur and Visakhapatnam. 
SOURCE: http://www.grtjewels.com/home.aspx

21 August 2012


Laxmi Jewellers Ahmedabad at IIJW 2012

Laxmi Jewellers
From colours, stones to Jadau, Kundan and Polki, Laxmi Jewellery Export Pvt. Ltd had everything that a woman can dream of at the India International Jewellery Week 2012.

With the company’s handcrafted expertise being its forte, the show was a riot of colour and style as the exquisite jewellery designs floated down the ramp on the lovely models.

Presenting four different lines the show opened with “The Diamond Collection” which was sheer poetry, as lacy chokers with matching earrings, bangles encrusted with diamonds and pyramid shaped neckpieces with rubies and pearls dangling on the edges created magic on the ramp.

For the “Polki Jadau Range” there were rows of Polkis on gold Raani Haars with graduating pendants and rubies nestled in a bed of Polkis for shimmering necklaces. The high collar choker, the tantalizing chandelier earrings and the ruby, cabochon emeralds in a V shaped sheet of Polkis were something women dream of.

“The Kundan Line” was a dramatic mix of pearls, gold, rubies and emeralds as they danced in a beautiful melody on the necklaces flowing into a large circle of beads, the Raani Haar with ruby inset pendant, the swinging cummerbunds on slim waist and cuffs on elegant wrists.

“The Antique Kundan Jewellery” line had flat fine Kundan collars, which spread to the ends of shoulders, the Cleopatra neckpiece with centre petalled flower, the arrestingly beautiful Maang tikkas and the giant jhumkas with emeralds rubies showed the company’s expertise in design and style.

The finale was reserved for the very majestic “Jadau Polki” set comprising the three strands of Polkis to create a Raani Haar with giant South Sea pearls, the shoulder dusters that grabbed the attention of every woman in the audience, the solid gold carved cuffs and stunning rings were a perfect end to an opulent presentation of jewellery.

The red and gold lehengas, velvet cholis, dupattas and pre-stitched saris made up the enticingly gorgeous collection created by designer, Sushma Patel to match the glory of the ornaments.

When it comes to jewellery that stands the test of time, Laxmi Jewellery Export Pvt Ltd had all the options that will delight the modern fashionista and the bride-to-be.

SOURCE: http://www.iijw.org/day_1_laxmi_jewels

Bollywood celebs at IIJW 2012

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20 August 2012

Nizam’s Jewels

Crown Jewels of the Nizam

Nizam’s Jewels, valued at $250 - $350 million by the Sotheby’s and Christie’s, date back to early 18th century to early 20 century. Crafted in gold and silver and embellished with enameling, the jewels are set with Colombian emeralds, diamonds from the Golconda mines, Burmese rubies and spinels, and pearls from Basra and Gulf of Mannar.

While India thought they had settled all deals with the Nizams and their 200 heirs, they are back in the news.

Osman Ali Khan nominated not his son, but grandson Mukarram Jah (born in France and had Turkish mother), to be the next (and last) titled Nizam of Hyderabad. Mukarram Jah could not take the battles over his grandfather’s wealth and escaped to Australia where in spite of having the best possible education money could buy (Harrow, Cambridge, LSE, Sandhurst), he run bulldozers, married and divorced five times, one of them being former Miss Turkey. He now lives in a two room apartment in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nizam of Hyderabad is reported to have impregnated 86 of his mistresses, siring more than 100 illegitimate children and a sea of rival claimants.

However, Jah has not been able to escape it all. He has four sons and a daughter from his five wives. The eldest of them, Azmet Jah , a cameraman in Hollywood who has worked with Steven Spielberg, Richard Attenborough, Nicolas Roeg , hopes to come back to Hyderabad.

For the Nizams of Hyderabad, Muslim rulers of fabled wealth whose authority once extended across much of southern India, the armored car that carried four steel trunks away from a Bombay bank vault last month was a punctuation mark to decades of declining fortune.

The trunks, bound for a Government strongroom in New Delhi, held a collection of jewels considered by experts to be one of the greatest ever assembled. Among them was the fabled Jacob diamond, a duck's-egg-size 162-carat stone bought by Hyderabad's ruling family in 1891. It was used for much of this century as a paperweight by Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam to rule the royal state.

The jewels -- diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls, many in gold settings, some acquired from the old royal courts of France and Russia -- were making their first journey in more than 40 years. For more than half that time, they have been the focus of a struggle between the Indian Government and the heirs of the seventh Nizam, who placed the collection in the Bombay vault after his domain became part of independent India in 1947.

The seventh Nizam, who died in 1967, was known for his vast fortune and for his idiosyncratic ways, including a habit of hoarding cash that once led rats to chew their way through three million pounds in British banknotes in a palace basement. Wary of his family's profligacy, he tied up his fortune in a web of trusts. One of those held the jewelry collection, under terms that forbade its sale until after the death of his oldest son, Azam Jah Bahadur.

When that son died, in 1970, a battle opened with the Indian Government that would continue for 24 years. Finally it was settled by the Supreme Court last month. In a compromise between the heirs, who hoped to sell the jewels abroad, and the Government, which contended that the jewels should become state property with no compensation, the court allowed the Government to buy the jewels.

Setting aside a valuation of $250 million to $300 million by Sotheby's and Christie's, the international auction houses, the court set a price equivalent to $71 million.

For 200 of the heirs, including the present Nizam, Mukkaram Jah, a grandson of the seventh Nizam who spends much of his time on a 500,000-acre sheep farm in western Australia, the settlement was bittersweet. For many, the settlement -- which involves cash payouts for some, annual dividends for others -- will provide badly needed cash to pay off debts or to supplement declining incomes from the seventh Nizam's other trusts.

Indian newspapers have reported that some of the heirs have barely been scraping by on annuities from other trusts that have shrunk to the equivalent of as little as $50 a month.

Now that the jewelry has been sold, other feelings have come into play. Mohammed A. Hadi, who represented the family as secretary of the jewelry trust, said he felt some chagrin as he watched an inventory of the collection last month during the handover at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in Bombay.

"Of course, after nearly 20 years, they were happy that there was some finality to the matter," Mr. Hadi said in a telephone conversation from Hyderabad in south-central India. "But it was also an emotional, a wrenching thing."

"They were naturally disappointed that they couldn't get a better price," he said. "And they were disappointed too that a big treasure that has been in the family for centuries has left for another abode."

The jewelry sale has also revived an old debate about the princely families -- the maharajahs and nawabs and nizams -- who ruled vast tracts of India for centuries until 1947. The debate has ebbed and flowed since 1970, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi annulled agreements reached in 1947 under which the rulers of the princely states received generous state pensions as well as other privileges for ceding their domains to the new republic of India.

Some think it outrageous that Indian taxpayers are still paying out money for treasures like the Hyderabad jewels. Others argue that India owes a debt to the survivors of the princely families for having accumulated the palaces and works of art -- and the jewelry -- that now form part of the country's cultural legacy.

Even now, the issue of the Nizam's jewels seems likely to drag on, as some members of the family have threatened to contest their share of the payout. The Telegraph, a Calcutta newspaper, suggested that the spectacle of family members squabbling over the money might have amused the old Nizam. "He might be having a hearty laugh," the paper said, if he sees his descendants "constantly at each others' throats to salvage what they can from the spoils of his dead empire."

Now that it has the jewels, the Indian Government has promised to put them on display, perhaps at the national museum in New Delhi, perhaps in one of the five royal palaces in Hyderabad, several of which were opened to the public by the old Nizam's trustees for the first time last fall.

For the time being, the stones are back in a vault, this time in the sandstone fortress that is headquarters for the Reserve Bank of India.
source: http://www.24x7funonline.com/2011/09/crown-jewels-of-nizam.html