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Established Branded Jewellers Unfazed About Newbie On The Block

The news that the Aditya Birla Group (ABG) is planning to move into selling branded jewellery has, expectedly, not elicited any reaction from the Tatas which got into the market first with the Tanishq brand. Other players in the jewellery retail business, as well as the umbrella All-India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) which is the industry’s national apex body, are unfazed, too. While ABG’s decision marks a departure from its traditional areas of strength, textiles and cement, it has not even made ripples in the market. Besides Tanishq, the branded jewellery sector already has major players like Reliance, Kalyan, PC and SHUBH. With ABG’s entry, for which the group has earmarked almost Rs5,000 crore, there will be more big-format retail stores for jewellery retail including its in-house brands. “One more joins the stream,” says former GJC chairman Dr C Vinod Hayagriv, who is managing director of C Krishniah Chetty headquartered in Bengaluru. “The more the merrier!” But will it shake up the market? “Doubt it,” says his successor Ashish Pethe, partner in the Mumbai-based Waman Hari Pethe Jewellers. An independent industry report forecasts that future growth in the sector will be led by the development of such large brands.