Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair (HJF 2017), the premium jewellery trade show of South India, concluded its 10th edition recently at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Novotel. Special guests, Ms. Jyotsna Shreshta, President, Nepal Gem and Jewellery Association; Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India; Mr. Mahendra Tayal, President, Hitech City Jewellery Manufacturers Association (HJMA) and Mr. Mukesh Agarwal, Convenor, HJMA, inaugurated the fair in the presence of other dignitaries from the jewellery trade.
A three-day expo, held between June 9th and 11th this year, HJF 2017 had a participation of over 150 exhibitors comprising jewellery brands, wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters, jewellery manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, diamond, gemstone, pearl suppliers and traders, precious metal and jewellery mounting traders and suppliers as well as representatives from trade and governmental bodies. A stunning array of Victorian, Nizam and Antique Jewellery collections were displayed by over 35 manufacturers from Hyderabad and the surrounding regions. Other highlights of the fair included a special miniature gallery, insightful technical seminars by Gem and Jewellery, Skill Council India (GJSCI) on ‘Skill Development’ (that helped artisans upgrade their professional knowledge) and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) on ‘Spotlight on Synthetics’.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) Seminar was organised on Day 2 by Chief Guest Shri. Nitin Khandelwalji, Chairman, GJF. The interactive session on GST was anchored by legal expert Mr. Rohan Shah, with a special note by Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India. The session was followed by a live demo of new software, ADHIGAM, especially useful for GST computations.
Over the years, the HJF has been a gateway to the Indian jewellery market, with a special focus on South India’s range of designer jewellery, and provides an excellent platform for buyers and suppliers to connect, network, exchange ideas, discover upcoming trends and generate business opportunities. This year, the expo attracted well-reputed local and overseas buyers from Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, reinforcing the expo’s position as a proven and trusted sourcing hub for the industry.
Some of the notable exhibitors participating this year included prominent names such as Anmol Jewellers, Swaroop Jewellers, Chintamani Gold, Sri Shubam Jewellers, Gupta Gold, Jai Gulab Dev Jewellers, J.K.S Jewels, Mehta Gold & Diamonds, Vinati Jewellers, Shanti Gold International, Shree Kalptaru Jewellers, Vithraag Jewels, Ozone Overseas, et al.
The fair was supported by the Hitech City Jewellery Manufacturers Association (HJMA), AP Gold, Silver and Diamond Merchants’ Association, All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation and 300+ jewellery associations. The HJF also brought to the fore creativity and innovation in jewellery from among several cities and Tier II towns such as Vijayawada, Guntur, Vizag and Rajahmundry.
Speaking at the inauguration of the HJF 2017, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “HJF 2017 is our unique tribute to the gems and jewellery industry in Hyderabad. We are extremely pleased with the fair’s success year-on-year and we will continue to unveil new jewellery trends, an unmatched jewellery portfolio and conduct knowledge-sharing seminars to attract wider trade audiences in the coming years.”
He further added, “Now in its tenth year, the Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair has become the most coveted platform in Southern India for domestic and international retailers to stay up-to-date on international jewellery styles, showcase significant achievements of top designers, and also provide a significant impetus to budding designers in the region. The industry also witnessed the second edition of Retail Jewellers Guild Awards – Hyderabad, a unique initiative by UBM India through which excellence and efforts of individuals and organisations in the retail jewellery business were recognised and honoured.”
Speaking on the occasion of the 10th edition of HJF, Mr Michael Duck, Executive Vice President, UBM Asia, said, “The HJF remains special to UBM India because it has been created, honed, and shaped by us since its inception. UBM India recognized that the gems and jewellery is the backbone of the Indian economy, with India being one of the world’s fastest growing gem and jewellery markets and South India, the biggest market within it. In its ten years, HJF has provided an international trading platform enabling domestic and overseas jewellery, diamond, pearl and gemstone suppliers to congregate interact and network with key buyers, both local and international. The fair, in addition to being the state’s only show of such size and volume, is a significant contributor towards our India footprint in the jewellery vertical with successful, established shows in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.”
The second edition of Retail Jewellers Guild Awards – Hyderabad, drew out the best of the region’s talent in the retail jewellery industry through a methodical, professional procedure. The extensive award categories this year were crafted, keeping in mind, the diverse activities of the retail jewellery industry in the state of Telangana and AP, comprising Design Excellence, Operational Excellence and Marketing Excellence. This year too, the awards ceremony was marked by industry stalwarts who shared insights on the industry, and an exclusive fashion show focusing on stunning pieces of jewellery. The jury panel for the awards included Mr. Mahendra Tayal, President HJMA, South Chairman – GJEPC, Mr. Avinash Gupta, Director, FTAPCCI., Mr. Kailash Charan, President, Twin Cities Jewellers Association and Ms. Bijal Doshi Shah, Solitaire Diamond Institute, Hyderabad.
The winners of the awards under various categories:
– Excellence in Design – Necklace : Shobha Asar Jewellery Pvt Ltd
– Excellence in Design – Bangles & Bracelets : Shobha Asar Jewellery Pvt Ltd
– Excellence in Design – Earrings : Shobha Asar Jewellery Pvt Ltd
– Excellence in Design – Rings : GRT Jewellers (India) Pvt Ltd
– Excellence in Design – Others : Shobha Asar Jewellery Pvt Ltd
– Most Innovative Marketing Campaign : Malabar Gold & Diamonds
– Store of the year – Less than 5000 : Shobha Asar Jewellery Pvt Ltd
– Store of the year – More than 5000 : Kalasha Fine Jewels
– UBM Initiative Recognition – Leading Jeweller in Wedding Collection : Mor Jewellers
– Woman Entrepreneur of the Year : Suhani Pittie
– Lifetime Achievement Awards : Bharatchand Gupta
Industry validates HJF 2017 as an industry platform and reiterates the objective of the annual expo in South India by UBM India.
Speaking on HJF 2017, Mr. Mahender Tayal, President of HJMA & Regional Chairman South GJEPC said, “To mark the 10th edition of HJF, we showcased ruby and emerald studded jewellery with handmade filigree work. Since jewellery prices may increase due to 3% GST on jewellery from next month, it was a good idea for all the retailers to take benefit of the current tax slab for their stocks. This year around 150 exhibitors participated in the Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair out of which around 40 exhibitors were from Hyderabad. We also had several international and national exhibitors, and buyers as well.”
Speaking on their participation at HJF 2017, Mr. Mukesh Agarwal, Swaroop Jewellers and Secretary, Hyderabad Jewellery Manufacturers Association said, “This year, we unveiled the latest collections in Junagadh jewellery, Pachi jewellery with Cubic Zirconia (C.Z), ruby and emerald. It’s a privilege to be associated with one of India’s leading exhibitor, UBM India, for over the last ten years. HJF is truly South India’s prominent jewellery trade fair, which provides an excellent platform for retailers and wholesalers to connect with all major suppliers across India.”
Speaking on their participation, Mr. Suresh Jain, Chintamani Gold, said, “Every edition of HJF provides us an opportunity to connect with all the local manufacturers and traders. Consumer preferences are changing every year and it is our commitment to keep our collections up-to-date to live up to their expectations. HJF always brings in great clientele and provides the best infrastructure to facilitate better trade in Southern India.”
UBM has been an integral part of the jewellery industry for nearly three decades now, organizing similar renowned jewellery fairs worldwide. HJF is one of the four-city jewellery shows (Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi) hosted throughout the year by UBM India.