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KGK jewellery manufacturing unit in SEEPZ, Mumbai
By: Diamond World News Service
Jul 30 2016 5:51PM
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In the world of gems and jewellery industry, KGK Group has created a strong reputation for itself by delivering highest quality products with constant innovations in designs that matches the global standards. If one has to sum up the presence in the gems and jewellery industry, then it should be referred as ‘mines to brands’; KGK Group sources, manufactures and trades a huge array of coloured gemstones; processes and trades diamonds in large quantities, shapes and sizes and also manufactures jewellery, which is at par with the international designs.This is the main highlight of this group – onewhole integrated pipeline that makes it special.

But ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and so was KGK Group. It has been a constant strive towards perfection by the past and the present members of the Kothari family, which owns KGK Group

Journey So far…
The KGK Group was founded by Kesrimal Kothari and his son Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India) in 1905, with a humble task of trading gemstones between India and Burma. Following in their footsteps was Navrattan Kothari, who took KGK Group across oceans. Currently, the group is headed by Navrattan Kothari, who is ably supported by his sons, Sanjay Kothari and Sandeep Kothari.

Talking about his father’s contribution to the business, Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman, the time, working on his intuition, he introduced many new verticals to the group much ahead of his counterparts.

With a global presence across 17 countries today, the group has evolved as one of the most preferred brand in the gems and jewellery realm today.

KGK has emerged as one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distributing coloured stones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century. The bond with the patrons is strengthened with every passing year and stronger presence has been established in almost every commercial centre in the world.

The KGK Group houses a resilient team of 12,000 members with operations and offices active in Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. With years of hard work and fore vision, it has achieved the vertically integrated standing of mines-tobrands in gems and jewellery industry. Currently, the group has robust manufacturing units in over seven countries with marketing offices across the globe. Having achieved impeccable specialisation in gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a hundred years, the group has recently diversified into real estate as well.

Business Verticals
KGK group is now present across the pipeline of the gems and jewellery industry from mines to brands. Talking about being closest to the source, KGK is a De Beers Sightholder, an ALROSA Alliance member and Rio Tinto Select Diamantaire along with having partnership in coloured gemstones mines of Emeralds, Rubelites and Paraibas in Brazil and Mozambique.

The group began its journey with trading of gemstones in 1905 and today the group sources, manufactures and trades a huge array of coloured gemstones. Adding diamonds to the portfolio in 1970’s proved to be one of the finest decisions for the group. And, today they process and trade diamonds in large quantities, shapes and sizes.

Throwing light on the group’s highlight i.e. integrated pipeline, Sanjay Kothari adds “With finely cut gemstones and diamonds in our inventory manufacturing jewellery was a natural forward integration for us. KGK serves every segment of the jewellery market with collections featuring diamonds and gemstones in platinum, gold and silver settings. Adding retail was our way of completing the gems and jewellery pipeline and getting ever so close to the endconsumer. Our fine jewellery retail brand Entice is the crown in the KGK value chain. With standalone boutiques in Hong Kong and India, the luxury brand was developed entirely inhouse under the guidance of my wife Manju Kothari, who is the Creative Director of Entice.” The retail brand was launched in 2004. The group has also taken renowned international brands like Martin Flyer, Gregg Ruth, Judith Ripka and Kiros under KGK diamond factory in Russia its wing for international sales; adding value and diversity to the group’s portfolio.

Widening the horizon, KGK also moved into the realm of real estate in 2010 and is looking forward to create iconic structures with the same finesse and creativity that have been the focus of group’s legacy.

KGK’s classic necklaces studded with multi-shaped diamonds have wooed many of their clients over the years. Their design team uses not one or two shapes together; their strength lays in producing designs that are a confluence of many shapes together, which might be difficult to be visualised by a normal person.

Their new range of multifunctional pieces is also a big hit.Jewellery pieces that can be parted through easy mechanisms and worn as smaller jewellery pieces add an extra value appealing many clients.

Talk about Sanjay Kothari’s most beloved project and he says “The day I had held a Paraiba Tourmaline in my hand, I wanted to do something big with this scintillating gemstone. With a lot of effort today we are strategic partners in two Paraiba mines, one in Mozambique and Brazil each.

Even after seeing so manypool blue gemstones over time, I still get enthralled by it every time I hold a piece in my hand. It has been one of my personal favorite projects that I had keen interest in.

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