The times we are in remain unprecedented, with people confined indoors and looking for solace. In search of calm, the four walls have given us the gift of time to introspect. While the pandemic has been an eye-opener for most, in terms of self-worth, Her Story has come up with a new campaign, Reflections, that plays on this train of thought.
Reflections plays on the hope for better times, a need to recuperate and introspect, or ‘reflect’ upon oneself. Her Story took the thought a notch higher with an assemblage of symbolism, that they conceptualized with ace photographer Bikramjit Bose. Devised to commemorate the first anniversary of Her Story, it plays with the idea of a mirror to one’s soul. Shot in Goa, it juxtaposed the sandy beaches with mirrors in all shapes.
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How Dubai Governs Its Gold
Dubai’s high standard of gold quality and trade transparency combined with a jaw-dropping 98% compliance level, makes a perfect case study for how India needs to emulate the best practices that lures buyers from world over to the ‘City of Gold’
HUID: Paralyzed by incapacity
The one clarity about hallmarking and HUID at present is that there is none. Here’s the long and short of the HUID capacity constraint.
Mozambican masterpieces by FURA
Rubies are rarer by far than diamonds — and some of the finest rubies today come from Mozambique. Mindful of the opportunities, FURA Gems, a fast-moving young mining company, is resolute in expanding the ruby market even as it gets ready to hold its inaugural ruby auctions in Jaipur this month.
HUID: India's quest for GOLD PURITY EXCELLENCE
The Indian gold jewellery sector’s journey towards hallmarking has been long, slow and bumpy. Although voluntary hallmarking became available in April 2000, compromised gold was still widely sold in the market — a fact of which neither public nor government was ignorant. In June 2021, however, hallmarking became mandatory. Manufacturers, jewellers and consumers now must quickly come to grips with the new purity norms, which juxtapose a unique six-digit ID for each item with the utterly inadequate state of India’s hallmarking infrastructure. The Retail Jeweller weighs the pros and cons of this sharp turn in the current, mid pandemic moment, when the gems and jewellery industry is more dependent than ever on gold sales.
INTERVIEW - SACHIN JAIN
De Beers is undergoing an unprecedented transformation by returning to the root and adding its tag of assurance to develop a fortified position for its partners and indisputable trust for consumers in years to come. Ahead of the De Beers Forevermark annual Forum 2021, Soma Bhatta speaks to Sachin Jain, MD, Forevermark India, about the massive internal and external changes that the organization is undergoing and what it means for De Beers’ Indian stakeholders.
INTERVIEW - AJOY CHAWLA
As long ago as the early 2000’s, Tanishq, the preeminent brand in organised jewellery retail, made known that gold purity standard in India is questionable. It equated purity with trust, winning over millions of customers. Will mandatory hallmarking erode that lead? Not so, Ajoy Chawla, CEO, Jewellery Division, Titan Company Limited, tells Soma Bhatta - trust is an edifice of many levels, and purity is only the first one.
INTERVIEW - COLIN SHAH
As IIJS 2021 gears up to resuscitate the trade sentiment with its comeback physical show in Sept 2021, Colin Shah, Chairman, GJEPC speaks to Soma Bhatta about its role in steering domestic policies, plans to scale up India footprint, and why it needs to first build domestic demand in order to become a reliable
INTERVIEW - SHAILESH SANGANI
IIJS 2021 has surprised the trade for many reasons: the highest number of exhibitors ever in the history of the show; forty percent larger show space and shifting base to Bengaluru after a three-decade plus unbeaten stint in Mumbai. Shailesh Sangani, convener, national exhibitions, GJEPC, speaks to Soma Bhatta about the key highlights, trade expectations and why retailers should brave the odds to visit the upcoming show.
GOLD: A Modern Rendition
World Gold Council’s ‘You are Gold’ Campaign to excite millennials about gold purchase.
From the earth, for the earth: How natural diamond miners are rehabilitating nature
Diamond is in a very eventful phase in its global trade history. There are discoveries such as the 1,098 carat diamond by Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana government. Natural diamonds no longer adorn a woman with its beauty only, the members of Natural Diamond Council are giving their all to conserve the environment with better technology. And this is exactly where Natural Diamond Council is making a difference inimitable in scale and heart. Let’s understand better.
Buzkashi: Afghanistan's Traditional Sport
The history of Buzkashi dates back to ancient times, and the name of this sport means killing goats, which is taken from the hunting of mountain goats by horse heroes.
The Rolling Stones: Goats Head Soup Super Deluxe Edition
Show of hands, please—how many of you rate August 1973’s Goats Head Soup as your favorite Rolling Stones album? Anyone? No? Can’t say I blame you.
Yes, you *can* have everything you want
It’s time to manifest your biggest dreams. Because making (and not keeping) new year’s resolutions is so last year.
Goa and Greenhouses
A well-to-do Russian tries to bring his green new ideal to life in a Russian village. Not all goes to plan.
A Fresh Space For Your Child With Special Needs
For the majority of Americans, the start of a new year means setting new goals and resolutions.
OVERBOARD IN A DESERTED ANCHORAGE AT NIGHT, CULLY PETTIGREW IS IN TROUBLE
Top Scholars Road To Success Requires Setting The Bar Higher
The pathway to success in career and life starts with goals, motivation, and commitment. Setting the bar high academically is but one of many routes to success, as is pursuing professional experience through internships and seeking leadership opportunities.
Get Freakin' Started
This time of year, everybody loves to make wildly ambitious fitness resolutions. But the truth is, converting your body from a doughy blob of fat to a sexy slab of muscle is far easier said than done. As much as it takes discipline and hard work, it also requires a solid game plan. Here’s yours.
The Power Of Visualization
Sometimes it’s not enough to have a goal. Sometimes you have to picture yourself achieving it.
How To Help Children Set And Achieve Goals
Helping children set and achieve goals