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As demand revives, festival season likely to cheer jewellers

By Dilip Kumar Jha
Last updated on: October 18, 2019 13:41 IST
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Discounts and incentives are attractions jewelleres are offering along with new designs to woo customers to boost sales ahead of Diwali.

Bharat Bafna, a regular gold jewellery buyer, was happy shopping 120 gm of plain gold ornaments in the popular Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai on Thursday though high bullion prices are feared to have scared away many customers.

“We found Turkish-design jewellery for the first time in store, which prompted us to buy a set of plain gold ornaments (including necklace, earrings, and rings) for daily wear,” said Bafna.

 

Turkish-design jewellery is light in weight and spread with a wire-like gap, and has an attractive finish.

Hence it gives a look of bulk weight with low grammage of gold content.

Initially, such jewellery was imported from Turkey.

But, now Indian gold jewellery makers are making Turkish-design jewellery with the same finish.

“Apart from Turkish, kundan design, antique pieces and traditional jewellery are also major attractions for customers this festive season,” said Kumar Jain, director, Umedmal Tilokchand Zaveri.

Jewellers are giving discounts and incentives, along with new designs, ahead of Diwali, which, along with Dhunteras, are major festivals for selling gold.

Jewellers continue to face headwinds in sales due to high gold prices which have jumped 20 per cent in the last one year to trade on Thursday at Rs 38,236 per 10 grams.

Consumer sentiment was skewed towards disposable accessories like mobiles and electronic gazettes, freebies and discounts have successfully in favour of jewellery in the last few days.

Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of Gems and jewellery Show (GJS), Anantha Padmanabhan, managing director of Chennai-based NAC Jewellers and chairman of All India Gems and jewellery Domestic Council (GJC), said, “We have never seen dozens of designs in every segment of gold ornaments in the past.

"Jewellers are attracting customers through offers of new designs with light weight jewellery this festive season.

"While consumer demand was very weak until recently on high gold prices, we have seen a revival in the last couple of days.”

With the wedding season approaching, buyers have started taking advantage of offers and freebies ahead of compulsive buying on the occasion of marriage.

Leading jewellery maker Tanishq offers 25 per cent discount on full value of diamond jewellery and equal percentage of discount on making charges of gold ornaments.

The company’s online subsidiary caratlane.com also offers 25 per cent discount on the value of diamond in ornaments with 25 per cent off in making charges in gold jewellery.

“Everyday jewellery is in more demand this season. Consumers also buy jewellery for specific occasions like wedding if they have,” said Mithun Sacheti, managing director, Caratlane.com.

Kolkata-based Senco Gold offers silver artifacts three times of the weight of gold purchase.

"While high bullion prices continue to weigh on jewellery demand this festive season, the revival in consumer sentiment over the last couple of days has raised hope for a better festive sales this Dhanterus and Diwali,” said Rahul Mehta, managing director Silver Emporium.

Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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