IIG- The Evolving Role of Women in the Gems and Jewellery Industry.

May 22, 2023

“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love”. – Edwin Chapin.

In the Indian tradition, Mother’s Day is called Mata Tirtha Aunshi or “Mother Pilgrimage fortnight”,

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family or individual, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The modern holiday was first celebrated in 1907 when Anna Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. In 1914, Mother’s Day was officially recognised as the national holiday to honour mothers on 2nd Sunday in May

This article is a tribute to all the mothers who nurtured and cherished their families for generations. A young girl after her marriage becomes a primary caregiver in the family. A role which has been passed down to her for generations. This is not a very small role. In a traditional Indian family, the women played a major role within the dictates of the family.

As you have noticed in the gems and jewellery industry, a male is the family’s primary earner. The diamond industry as such is a male-dominated industry. The value system had a traditional backdrop; all male offspring followed the family business and learned from the elders.

What changed in the last 20 or 30 years then?

The girls were sent to school for education and the role of just being in the house changed. Society as such began adopting modern methods. Education became important for both males and females.

The girls and women were encouraged to participate in the family-run business, where they participated on equal footing. The family-run business saw the strength instead of the weakness of women. The major shift came in the industry where women are now becoming entrepreneurs or heading the family-run business. They are involved in the day-to-day decisions regarding the finances, executing orders and managing a whole team of artists, artisans and skilled professionals.

As the Gems and Jewellery Industry modernised women were involved in various roles – like designers, diamond and gemstone graders, for quality check and bagging to name a few roles.

The gems and jewellery industry is crucial to the nation’s economy with huge potential. The majority of women entrepreneurs consider it a very lucrative industry and are thriving in their businesses. Women entrepreneurs in our nation should be given a platform to develop trade in the national and international markets, develop partnerships with value chain operators and network with persons related to the industry.

IIG (rebranded) as a premier Institute since 1965 has been nurturing women in their career choice. We have trained and educated women as designers, graders and guided them to become entrepreneurs. All the students are nurtured and their talents are enhanced.

Our students like Rakhee Biswas Deb winner of Designer of India and Golden Girl Awards, Rabia Nazir Malik winner of National Jewellery Awards 2022, Deepika Baid winner of the IIG Designer of the Month contest and Mehak Jain winner of the Women Entrepreneurs award were all passionate about jewellery. They undertook Jewellery Designing courses at IIG to turn their passion into a profession. They have established themselves as entrepreneurs and are successful businesswomen today. The saying “sky is the limit” holds true for them.

We are fortunate to have such talented students who have made a mark for themselves and received accolades for their exceptional work and made IIG proud.

We have a very women-friendly environment. Our faculty and staff members consist of women who take day-to-day decisions and operate in an efficient manner.

Visit the fastest-growing premier Education Institute of the Gems and Jewellery Industry at our pan-India locations including Mumbai & Surat.

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