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7 Oct 2013
Rajendrakumar A. Shah Receives GJEPC’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Rajendrabhai with the award

Seen with dignitaries and family members

Rajendrakumar A. Shah, a stalwart of the Indian gems and jewellery industry for the past several decades received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council’s (GJEPC) 40th Annual Awards programme in Mumbai recently. Gracing the occasion were Union Minister of Communications and IT & Law and Justice, Kapil Sibal and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, K.H. Muniyappa as well as senior officials of the ministry of commerce.

Rajendrabhai is one of the few in the industry to have an in-depth knowledge of both coloured gemstones and diamonds. After completing his graduation from Mumbai, he joined the family business in Burma, trading gems and jewellery, but migrated to Mumbai in 1958 and set up Rajendrakumar A. Shah as a family business dealing in coloured gemstones and diamonds.

During a career of over five decades, Rajendrabhai has developed a very successful and specialized business. As part of his gemstone business, he traveled extensively to countries like Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, etc where new deposits of emeralds were discovered in the 1960s and 70s, and even operated the Sandwana mine in a joint venture with MMTC Ltd. The mine was unique in many ways and even then had its own airstrip and township.

In his diamond business too, Rajendrabhai developed a special niche for himself, dealing mainly in the bigger sizes, even 50ct+, the top D/E colours, and Flawless and VVS categories and that too not in the popular cuts, but in the old cuts, the rose cuts, and other antique cuts. “We still believe strongly in doing something different from others, and standing apart from the crowd,” he says.

Rajendrabhai has been strongly supported by his wife, Satyavati, who has been involved in the business from the beginning, and also by his daughter, Nandita, and son, Avnish who joined him over two decades ago,

He is also the managing trustee on the board of the Gemmological Institute of India (GII).

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Down the Years
Rajendrabhai discusses the changes in the industry over the last few decades in an article in GJEPC's 40th Annual Awards Souvenir
Click here to read 

 

 
     
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