Addressing the assembled gathering, Dr. Cavalieri congratulated the GJEPC for its ongoing work in the development and promotion of the Indian gemstone and jewellery sector, which today is the world’s overwhelmingly dominant centre for the processing of gemstones and jewellery, and also is its third largest national jewellery consumer market.
It is in particular the growing importance of India’s domestic market that is reflected in the emergence of the IIJS August show as a major fixture of the global jewellery sectors annual calendar, he stated. “India has been a critically important player in our industry for decades already, but initially was regarded predominantly as a production centre. Today it is a one of a handful of countries, together with the United States and China, whose presence is felt in all stages of the chain of distribution, both driving and satisfying demand,” Dr. Cavalieri said.
“But not only is India important to our industry, our industry is critical to India, contributing about 7 percent of its GDP, about 16 percent of its total merchandise exports, and employing more than 4.64 million workers. With almost 18 percent of the world’s population, India is a country that conclusively demonstrates that, while precious gemstones and jewellery may be non-essential luxury items, the jewellery and gemstone industry is an indispensable part of the global economy.”