Jewellery World Awards names KGK Group Chairman as Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award

OutReach – 11 January 2022 – In recognition of his outstanding achievements
in business, contributions to the gemstone and jewellery trade, and extensive
philanthropic efforts, the organiser of the Jewellery World Awards (JWA) takes
the great pleasure in announcing that the KGK Group Chairman Navrattan Kothari
has been chosen as the 2021 recipient of the Jewellery World Awards’ highest
accolade – the Lifetime Achievement Award.

of 2021 JWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Navrattan Kothari, Charmian of KGK

“Since the 1960s,
Kothari has been working tirelessly, not just to elevate the KGK Group, but
also to inspire excellence in the jewellery and gemstone trade through his
roles in key industry organisations. A role model for the younger generation,
he is a visionary whose business acumen is matched only by his passion for
giving back to society,” said Letitia Chow, Chairperson and Founder of JWA at
Informa Markets Jewellery.

Building on his family’s existing gemstone trading business,
Kothari transformed the enterprise when he spearheaded efforts to explore
opportunities in manufacturing coloured stone and diamond jewellery in the
’60s. This paved the way for KGK’s subsequent growth into a global conglomerate
that covers the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing,
distributing and retailing diamonds and coloured stones.

Kothari is also being lauded for his compassionate response
in dealing with the recent COVID-19 crisis. Even as the pandemic dealt a blow
on various industries, he made sure to retain the services of everyone in the
Group’s workforce. The businessman also allocated resources for feeding more
than 70,000 people on the fringes of society and donated oxygen compressors to
the Rajasthan state government.

These fall in line with Kothari’s long history of
humanitarian work, which include the construction of Northern India’s largest cancer
hospital in 1997, the provision of educational assistance to more than 33,000
students in Rajasthan, and the fulfilment of the wishes of terminally ill
children from around the globe.

“I would like to sincerely thank the JWA for bestowing upon
me such an honour. It truly encourages me, as well as members of the KGK team,
to work harder towards reaching our goals and pursuing initiatives that could
positively impact the business landscape, the environment and society as a
whole. Rest assured that we will remain committed to developing sustainable
practices and improving the lives of those in need,” shared Kothari, who has also
been a member of the managing committee of the Gems and Jewellery Export
Promotion Council in India in the last 20 years; and founder of the Indian
Institute of Gems and Jewellery in Jaipur, where he served as chairman for four

JWA will officially
present Kothari’s award in the highly anticipated gala dinner, which will be
held at JGT Dubai (Jewellery Gem Technology Dubai) on 21 February 2022. JGT
Dubai is a joint premium exhibition by Informa Markets Jewellery – the world’s
largest B2B jewellery fairs organiser – and Italian Exhibition Group SpA (IEG).

JWA 2021 is
supported by Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Shanghai Diamond
Exchange, together with Honoured Partners KGK Group, and Guangdong Land
(Shenzhen) Co Ltd.

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