Trained to be Masters of Gems

Published: 12th June 2014 10:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2014 10:13 AM   |  A+A-


CHENNAI: The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation (GJF), the country’s leading trade association of gems and jewellery, launched its first ever educational programme on Tuesday, called Labham.

The programme has been started to cater to the needs of jewellers, manufacturers and traders of the G&J businesses. It is a one-day interactive and intensive educational workshop covering topics like compliance, risk management and best business practices in the industry.

Labham is a national rollout powered by Gemological Institute of America (GIA), which is recognised as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GJF will conduct Labham in 16 cities across all regions, in the first phase to reach out to the maximum number of self-employed jewellers, who are spread across India.

GJF is the largest single trading body in India for the promotion and growth of trade in gems and jewellery across India.The Gems and Jewellery industry is a hand crafted labour intensive one, with a labour force in the manufacturing sector of over 1 crore artisans and related employees.

 A comprehensive ready reckoner – Labham Reference Book was also offered to participants on the occasion. The book explains the essential elements of business and adhering to the regulatory taxation norms prevailing in the industry.

The course fee is `750 per head for GJF members and `1,000 per head for non-members. To register, interested participants can call GJF’s Regional Manager G Venkataraman at 4399 6641 and 9841746980 or mail them at and


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