2012 Solitaire Awards in Design Presented at IIJS

On Aug. 25, in the midst of the 29th edition of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council’s India International Jewellery Show, attendees took a break from the bustle of the Bombay Convention Center to celebrate excellence in jewelry design at the RBS Solitaire Awards.

The annual creative honors—which this year were given the gem-friendly theme of “Color Splash—were bestowed in a ceremony at the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. GJEPC chair Rajiv Jain was on hand to personally congratulate (and pose for a photo with) all of the winners.

The awards were divided into two categories: Competition A, for IIJS exhibitors; and Competition B, for non–IIJS participants (including students, artisans, etc.).

COMPETITION A

Daily Wear

First prize:
Shankesh Jewellers, for its gold pendant meant to symbolize peace and harmony between animals and nature

Second prize:
Sangam Diamonds, for its hand-woven, gold-threaded gem-studded peacock pendant

Third prize:
Sangam Chains, for its coffee-mug–shape ring in 18k yellow gold and white enamel

Critics’ award:
Sangam Chains, for its “New Neon” cuff in acrylic, gold, and cabochon sapphires

Formal Wear

First prize:
Ansaa, for his peacock-heavy gold anklet entitled Tango With Turquoise

Second prize:
B.R. Designs, for its 18k white and pink gold pendant Eleganza, featuring diamonds and a detachable ruby floral burst

Third prize:
Jewels Emporium, for its lotus-rising pendant in 18k gold and enamel with tsavorites, pink sapphires, pearls, turquoise, diamonds, and amazonite

Critics’ award:
Binny’s, for its multicolored cocktail ring called Power of Positivity

COMPETITION B

First prize:
Meghna Bag, for the Evolution, an armlet in 18k white gold with aquamarine, peridot, emeralds, topaz, rubies, and citrine

Second prize:
Bimal Koley, for Swirl of Colours, an 18k white gold bangle with diamonds, amethyst, pink sapphire, citrine, blue topaz, rhodolite, yellow sapphire, and peridot

Third prize:
Hariharan T.S., for Amazing Creature, 18k white gold fish-fin earrings with semiprecious stones and diamonds

Critics’ choice:
Bhavin Rupani, for his 18k white gold, diamond, citrine, and yellow sapphire cuff dedicated to the theme of global warming