Corona Virus Creates Nightmare The spread of the coronavirus to more countries is taking a heavy toll on the gem and jewellery industry in this fiscal. The impact is growing not only in China, but also US, Europe, Hong Kong and India. The virus has indeed grown to pandemic portions, as several expos, trade fairs and exhibitions have been postponed and cancelled. The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the new coronavirus as a pandemic, with more than 126,000 people infected globally. Overall, gem and jewellery exports are expected to fall 20 to 30% from the previous fiscal’s 2.77-lakh crore ($39.68 billion). Indian women have come a long way. Having broken the proverbial glass ceiling a while back, they are now proving their mettle on the global platform as well. A number of women entrepreneurs are ruling the roost in the jewellery industry in India, constantly innovating in terms of gems, designs, colours, and cuts and holding top position in reputed organization. In our March issue’s cover story, we are featuring most successful women of jewellery industry who are embellishing the glitzy world of jewellery with their unique skills and attempts to bring in something new to India’s most sought after sector. The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organized the 2nd Edition of ICC Gems & Jewellery Summit on February 29, 2020 at Westin, Kolkata with the theme “The Gold Industry: Vision 2023”. The summit was aimed to evaluate & anticipate the change in the gold industry and initiate the necessary transformation by interacting with the industry leaders. A Knowledge Report on the Gold Vision 2023 was also released by eminent personalities during the event. A report. Nirupa Bhatt announced her transition from her full-time position as managing director of GIA India Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. (“GIA India”), effective June 15. In her role as managing director, Bhatt oversaw the successful 10-year expansion of GIA India. She will continue as consulting and advisory role in the organisation.