The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association (IDCA) is pleased to announce Ms. Jamie Singleton, Signet Jewelers President & Chief Marketing Officer at Kay Jewelers, Zales and Peoples Jewellers, will be the keynote speaker at the US – India State of the Diamond & Jewelry Industry Trade Symposium on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at the Indian Consulate in New York City.
Ms. Jamie Singleton
President & Chief Marketing Officer
As the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, Signet Jewelers is positioned like no other to inspire love the world over. Signet operates approximately 2,800 stores, primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers, Zales, Jared, Banter by Piercing Pagoda, Diamonds Direct, Blue Nile, JamesAllen.com, Rocksbox, Peoples Jewellers, H. Samuel and Ernest Jones. Signet’s operations and supply chain relationships span Africa and India.
Jamie Singleton is Signet’s President and Chief Marketing Officer of Kay, Zales and Peoples. Ms. Singleton previously served as Executive Vice President of Zales and Peoples Jewellers from June 2017 to March 2019; Senior Vice President, General Manager of Piercing Pagoda for Zale Corp., and later Signet, from April 2012 to June 2017, where she achieved significant revenue and profit growth by stabilizing the banner. Signet completed the acquisition of Zale Corp. in May 2014.
At the Symposium, the IDCA will also honor three companies and individuals for their outstanding achievements in the US Gems & Jewelry Industry.
Mr. Sunil Jain, Chairman
FEI is a preeminent supplier/manufacturer of fine color gemstones the world over, and its collection includes numerous rare examples of historical significance, coupled with those destined for museums. Mr. Sunil Jain followed his elder brothers and their entrepreneurial zeal and success as first-generation emerald dealers, to pursue a career in gemstones which eventually translated into a decision to emigrate to America in 1983 with his wife and son, and started Fine Emerald Inc. in 1985.
Sandeep Diamond Corp.
Mr. Sandeep Shah, President & CEO
Mr. Sandeep Shah established Sandeep Diamond Corporation and has led the organization since its inception in 1986. It is strategically aligned with the KBS Group based in India, which was founded by Sandeep’s father Kanubhai B. Shah in 1975. The KBS Group, a fourth generation family run organization, is one of the largest exporters of fine jewelry out of SEEPZ, and is at the vanguard of diamond jewelry distribution and key alignments with retailers in the continental United States, Canada and South America.
Unique Designs/Kiran Jewels USA
Mr. Tejas Shah, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Tejas Shah, CEO of Unique Designs is one of the forward thinkers in our industry. As part of the Kiran Group of companies as their US counterpart, it is the #1 jewelry wholesaler in the U.S. The company was recognized as the highest importer of diamond jewelry from India by the U.S. Government for the past 3 years. Over the past decade, Unique Designs, Inc. has integrated and acquired a slew of companies and these fast, but carefully planned synergies, have helped it evolve into a one-stop shop for retailers across the U.S., from mall jewelers to online retailers, wholesale clubs, independent jewelers and catalog houses.
The US – India State of the Diamond & Jewelry Industry Trade Symposium will focus on expanding the gem and jewelry trade between the US and India as well as current trends in the global jewelry trade.
The gems and jewelry industry of India contributes 7% to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the sector contributes about 10 – 12% of India’s total merchandise exports, accounting for the third largest commodity share at US $39.31 billion in the year 2021-22.
Mr. Rajeev Pandya, IDCA President, stated that India is the world leader in the export of cut and polished diamonds, gemstones and jewelry, and the US jewelry market, estimated at over $80 billion in 2021 is one of the largest partners. The symposium will offer a singular take on expanding the gem and jewelry trade between the US and India.
The IDCA will host leading figures of government, the industry and the press from the US and India as speakers and panelists.
Schedule of Events Saturday, November 19th at the Indian Consulate in NYC
Networking & Breakfast: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lamp Lighting & Government Speakers: 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Gems & Jewelry Industry Speakers: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Industry Panel Session: 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Honorees Award Presentation: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm