India Inc.: Wrapping Up IIJS 2012

Mumbai’s IIJS brings the country’s best and brightest jewelersVicenza, Hong Kong, JIS Miami, Privé Panama…Bapalal Keshavlal president Romy Mehta was in his booth at the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council’s India International Jewellery Show in August, detailing his 2012 trade show schedule.“Eight shows in three months,” he chuckled. ’Round-the-world travel is the backbone of Bapalal’s business: “We are mostly international.” Yet Mehta couldn’t miss his hometown show.Designers, retailers, manufacturers “have to come” to IIJS, insisted Vijay Golecha of Golecha’s Jewels. If you aren’t here, “you are nowhere.” The jeweler said he did “excellent” business with high-end pieces such as a 200 ct. rose-cut diamond Rajasthani collar. It took two and a half years to make, and like many of his creations, it’s two-sided but not reversible. (“The b

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