The fourth edition of the Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair (KJGF) 2018, the B2B international jewellery trade fair by UBM India, supported by the Calcutta Gems & Jewellery Association (CG&JWA) saw an impressive opening ceremony today at AMMERF, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata. The expo was inaugurated by Chief Guest: Hon’ble MP of Rajya Sabha, Sri. Ahmad Hassan Imran, Guest of Honour Smt. Vandana Yadav, IAS, Managing Director, WBIDC, along with Ashok Bengani, President, CG &JWA, Pramod Dugar, Secretary, CG & JWA, Bijendra Bhotra, Co-convenor CG &JWA, Abhijit Mukherjee, Group Director, UBM India and Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India, amidst an industry gathering. The expo attracted around 100 exhibitors from across the country, along with visiting delegates internationally from countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE, Singapore among others.
As the largest fine jewellery event of Eastern India, the three-day expo aims to project Kolkata as one of the highest contributors to the jewellery industry along with a successful projection of the city on the global map. The expo is suitably timed, just prior to the seasonal festivities such as Poila Baishakh, the Bengali New Year and the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya, as well as the summer wedding season.
The premium trade fair highlighted a rich agglomeration of Kolkata’s exquisite handcrafted jewellery. These splendid and intricately designed jewellery includes statement sets in diamonds, gold, silver and pearls along with gemstones and related products. Apart from traditional bridal pieces like Chandbalis, Choor, Ratanchoor, Mantasha, Saptalahari, Hansulis, Nabaratna sets, Kundan, Polki and Meenakari sets, among others, a significant amount of gemstones in Kolkata is also used for astrological purposes in the form of Graharatna jewellery.
Speaking on the inaugural ceremony of the fourth edition of KJGF, 2018, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “We are happy to get associated with CG&JWA to host East India’s largest International B2B jewellery exhibition in Kolkata again. Bengal’s handcrafted jewellery and its legacy is famous worldwide. Through our expo, we are making a consolidated effort to promote their cause, welfare and art. Its location as the epicentre of the jewellery market with surrounding northeast and neighbouring eastern states, such as Assam, Orissa and Jharkhand makes it a good advantage point. We are witnessing a good turnout from the exhibitors this year in terms of participation as well as business.”
Speaking on the 4th edition of KJGF, Mr. Ashok Bengani, President – CG&JWA said, “CG&JWA is happy to be associated with KJGF as Eastern India’s largest B2B show held in association with UBM India. This year also we have received a heart-warming response from buyers & retailers to attend the show and manufactures to showcase their ethnic and exquisite creations of art. The suitable timing of the KJGF will boost the purchasing power amongst the buyers.”
In addition to pavilions for precious metals and stones, the expo has dedicated stalls displaying the latest technology and machinery in jewellery making along with trendy and classical packaging. These are present to promote technical knowhow necessary in modern jewellery manufacturing.
Some of the noted exhibitors who are participating in this year’s edition include, Royal Chains Pvt Ltd., Banka Bullions Pvt. Ltd., Unique Chains Pvt. Ltd., Pranda Jewelry Pvt. Ltd., Bluestone Jewellery & Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd., Chain – N – Chains Jewels Ltd., Shree Vikram Jewellers, Aadey Jewels Pvt. Ltd., Pushpa Jewellers Pvt. Ltd., GIA India Laboratory Pvt. Ltd., Prince Hallmarking and Refinery Pvt. Ltd. and Aurum Bullion and Refinery Pvt. Ltd. etc. amongst others.