GIA Alumni Collective, Mumbai Chapter hosted an insightful evening in which the attendees were enthralled by a conversation with Avnish Anand, CEO, CaratLane. The event, held at the Bharat Diamond Bourse, during the Bharat Diamond Week, brought together GIA alumni from diverse backgrounds and was followed by a networking meet.

Avnish Anand, CEO, CaratLane in conversation with Apoorva Deshingkar, Senior Director- Education and Market Development, GIA India at GIA Alumni Collective, Mumbai Chapter meet during Bharat Diamond Week

The highlight of the evening was the engaging conversation between Avnish Anand and Apoorva Deshingkar, Senior Director– Education and Market Development, GIA India. This candid and insightful discussion delved into the evolving trends in the jewellery industry, the challenges and opportunities faced by gem and jewellery professionals and how CaratLane has harnessed technology to offer a unique and customer-centric shopping experience. Attendees were also treated to a rare opportunity to gain valuable insights into Avnish’s journey from Ranchi, Jharkhand, his college days at Indian Statistical Institute to being the first employee at CaratLane and more.

Vikram Bhat, Co-founder & Governing Council, GIA Alumni Collective, Mumbai Chapter and Managing Director, Kiara Jewellery Private Limited, said, “It was an amazing and insightful conversation between two industry stalwarts. We received extensive feedback from our alumni, that they found this event highly relevant and on point.”

Amish Turakhia, Co-founder & Governing Council, GIA Alumni Collective, Mumbai Chapter and Managing Partner, R. Kirti & Co, said, “In our constant endeavour to provide the best in knowledge and networking experiences for our members, the Mumbai chapter was honoured to have Avnish’s unreserved and invaluable insights in a candid chat with Apoorva-ji about the journey of India’s most successful online jewellery retailer. Special thanks to Bharat Diamond Bourse for providing us the platform.”

Apoorva Deshingkar, said, “In a world where the jewellery landscape is constantly evolving, alumni events like these serve as valuable touchpoints for professionals to stay updated. I would like to thank Avnish for gracing the event and for patiently answering all queries posed by our GIA alumni. Lastly, I want to extend our gratitude to Jay Parikh and Mehul-bhai Shah at Bharat Diamond Bourse for generously offering us the venue and extending their hospitality.”

Speaking about the GIA Alumni Collective event, Mehul Shah, Vice President, Bharat Diamond Bourse, said, “It was a pleasure to host the GIA Alumni Collective, Mumbai Chapter meet at BDB. Networking is an important part of any industry. It’s a platform and sure will open new venues of opportunity and we are happy to facilitate and support events like these in the future.”