We continue to build Firestar Diamond on a foundation of unwavering focus on excellence, ethical in values and fairness, and uncompromising spirit of meritocracy.
With a passion for customer delight, Firestar Diamond consistently strives to deliver maximum value and build long-lasting relationships. While customers are central to our work, we are also acutely aware of our responsibility to team members. Accordingly, we consistently offer conduct high-quality training programs and workshops that enable all associates to develop professionally and fulfill personal potential. Above all, our commitment toward recognizing and promoting high merit has helped us attract and retain the finest talent.
Our sense of responsibility to the larger community has inspired us to become active members of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and reemphasize our commitment to using conflict-free diamonds.
The Kimberley Process is a global public-private initiative, instituted to prevent trafficking in diamonds that has fuelled conflict and inflicted atrocities upon innocent populations. As a responsible citizen of civil society, Firestar Diamond has applied stringent policies and checks to ensure that all our products are conflict-free.
Beyond the sphere of business, our community initiatives include the active propagation of educational initiatives to those from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds through the Nirav Modi Foundation.
Starting from a 15-person operation in a modest office, at a time when the gems and jewelry industry was in decline, to an over 1200-person-strong global enterprise within a decade has been a fascinating journey for Firestar Diamond.
Son and grandson of old world cutters, Nirav started in the diamond industry at age 19 and subsequently diversified to the design and manufacture of fine jewelry. Firestar Diamond presents his lifelong pursuit to create a world-class organization that not only delivers superior quality diamonds and jewelry but creates a positive impact in society.
The Company's unconventional approach, unrelenting focus on innovation and excellence, and superior ability to identify business opportunities have enabled it to expand rapidly, organically as well as inorganically. Today, its business model has put the Company firmly on its way towards becoming significant players in the global gems and jewelry industry.
Backed by an expert cross-functional team, state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, and widely distributed global operations, Firestar Diamond continuously delivers maximum value to customers.
Sumay oversees all facets of A.JAFFE including marketing, sales, operations and product development. Sumay has been primarily responsible for opening and growing several key accounts. Under Sumay's leadership, A. JAFFE has forged partnerships with Forevermark (De Beers Group), some of the finest independent jewelers in the United States and introduced several patented and trademarked products to the luxury bridal market insuring the brand perpetuates its association to heritage, service and quality. Sumay holds a First Class Degree in Operations Management from the University of Nottingham and a Masters Degree in Industrial Systems and Manufacturing from the University of Cambridge.
Mihir is the CEO of Firestar Diamond Ind., leading North American sales and operations for fine jewelry and managing the Company's global jewelry manufacturing. Mihir's focus is to drive growth across all channels by raising performance levels, and process and technology standards to regularly rising, best in class benchmarks. He expands the Firestar footprint across continents by forging partnerships and joint ventures with corporations offering complementary synergies.
Mihir is a graduate of Babson College earning in a degree in Business Administration, and has completed several business executive programs.
Neeshal is the CEO of Firestar Diamond Global Diamond Division. He is responsible for sourcing rough and polished diamonds across the globe. Neeshal manages the entire diamond manufacturing process, supervising factories in Russia, Armenia and India, . In addition, he continuously upgrades all systems and technologies to maximize productivity, output and quality and regularly explores new opportunities for sources, plant construction and beneficiation to host communities. He has also been instrumental in expanding Firestar Diamond's European operations.
Neeshal holds a degree in Investment and Financial Risks Management from City University London and has interned at several respected financial services organizations across Europe.
Based in New York, USA, Samuel brings a deep academic and practical perspective of the industry to Firestar Diamond. At Firestar Diamond, Sam manages Intellectual Property development, branding initiatives and "collection" design. Presently, he is a member of the prestigious 24 Karat Club of New York and a Board member of Manufacturing JSA, and The Plumb Club.
Samuel received both, a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Arts from City College, NY. He was a Doctoral Student in Economics and a member of the faculty at The New School for Social Research (NY), then went on to become a partner at Sandberg and Sikorski (owners of A. JAFFE) in 1975.
At Firestar Diamond, Josh manages all facets of Firestar Diamond's certified diamond business. His responsibilities include building key customer alliances to improve sales and distribution, and leveraging his expertise to expand the organization's global footprint. Today, he is recognized as one of the industry's leading experts of GIA-certified diamonds; his experience in sourcing and distribution are virtually unparalleled in the industry.
Josh is a graduate of Ithaca College and has completed a host of diamond courses at venerable diamond industry institutes.
Recognized by his peers as one of the great artisans and crafts persons in luxury jewelry, Jeff leads a team of world class jewelers in the development and execution of one of a kind master pieces that comprise the NIRAV MODI jewelry offering.
Under the direction of Mr. Modi, Jeff's team has created gem jewelry adorning international celebrities and private wearers of impeccable taste and refinement, passionate to own the best in diamond jewels.
Jeff's 30 year experience includes successful tenures at Carvin French, Barry Kieselstein Cord, as well as independent creations for several Fifth Avenue legacy jewelers.
Anup is a graduate of Mumbai University with degree in Mechanical and Tool Design Engineering, and an attendant of several executive education programs by the Harvard Business School and the annual jewelry manufacturing symposiums at Santa FeAs the leader of the company's India jewelry manufacturing operation, Anup mentors, leads, coaches, develops and retains high performance senior management team towards leadership.
Anup's focus is to continuously implement innovation to ensure on time delivery of superior product. He is a forerunner in rooting Kaizen philosophy and practice in jewelry manufacturing and diamond supply constantly improving work practices and processes.
Mini Nath is Vice President of Human Resources for Firestar Diamond global operations. Her responsibilities include recruiting and staffing, organizational departmental planning, performance management and improvement systems, organization development, employment and compliance to regulatory concerns and general functions relating to team morale, welfare and quality of life.
Mini holds a post graduate degree in Human Resources from the School of Social Science, Ahmedabad, and has held key HR positions at Arthur Andersen, Ernst and Young and IMRB International.
Jiyaa Kirpalani is Vice President of Human Resources for Firestar Diamond global operations. Her responsibilities include talent acquisition, talent management, organizational departmental planning, performance management and improvement systems, organization development, employment and compliance to regulatory concerns and general functions relating to team morale, welfare and quality of life.
Jiyaa holds a Masters degree in Human Resources from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management studies, Mumbai, and has held key HR positions at Morgan Stanley, MphasiS Software & Services Pvt. Ltd. & Unisys India Pvt. Ltd.
Ravi Shanker Gupta has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance, Strategy, Accounting, Taxation,Legal, Secretarial, Information Technology and Investor Relations.
Prior to Joining Firestar International as Chief Financial Officer, Ravi had worked for Jubilant FoodWorks for 14 years as Chief Financial Officer. He had also worked with Larsen and Toubro, Hutchison Max (now Vodafone), Comsat Max and United Teleshopping. In terms of his qualifications he holds bachelor’s degree in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University and is also a fellow member of ICAI and Associate member of ICMA and ICSI.
Currently he is responsible at Firestar International for Corporate Finance, Accounts, Taxation, Management Assurance, Legal, Secretarial and Investor Relations.
Vipul Ambani is President of Finance and Corporate Development for Firestar Diamond. He leads the Corporate Finance team raising capital for the group across the globe. Vipul's key responsibilities are to raise the most optimal mix of capital at the least cost to the company and manage the financial risk for the group's entities. Vipul plays a key role in the strategic direction for Firestar Diamond.
Vipul brings 20 years of work experience, having run an investment bank specializing in Debt Capital Markets, Equity Markets and Investment Banking. He helped his corporate clients by raising capital efficiently through the listed and unlisted markets.
Vipul is a graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and has additionally completed the OPM Program at the Harvard Business School.
Srinivasan is a post graduate in Business Administration, educated in several tracks of finance at prestigious international institutions. He is responsible for the formulation and development of corporate financing and for project funding structure.
Srinivasan has developed strong professional relationship with many lenders and policy makers at key financial institutions serving the diamond and jewelry industry, during his 10+years at Firestar.
Aditya manages all operations for Firestar Diamond Hong Kong, playing a pivotal role in leading sales of polished diamonds throughout Hong Kong, China and the Far East.
Aditya's prestigious education includes a Master of Science, degree in Finance and Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. He is a honored graduate of the Gemological Institute of America and highly expert in diamond grading and valuation.
Role - Business Head (Middle East)
Qualification - Science Graduate with Honours In Systems Management.
FGA from The Gemological Association of Great Britain London A (GAGTL), London
Certified Diamond Grader from GIA. Also, qualified Internal Auditor for ISO 9000 Quality Standards.
Has vast work experience of over 26 years. Worked over 13 years with Indian Diamond Institute, Surat, India, a premiere training institution & nodal agency for Diamond, Gems & Jewellery Trade & Industry under Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India.
Bankim heads Firestar Diamond's Belgium office, that serves as the Company's central point to manage and coordinate its global manufacturing. His responsibilities include optimal allocation of the polished, amongst the Company's various Sales offices and Customers.
Bankim has of over 15 years of experience in global diamond markets such as India, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Armenia, Russia, Belarus, Hong Kong. He brings deep expertise in diamond manufacturing and polish trading. He has an undergraduate degree in Commerce.
Firestar Diamond BVBA, Belgium, approved customer of OJSC Alrosa, Russia
Loose diamond dealing office to 580 Fifth Avenue, NY
Membership of RJC
Firestar Diamond BVBA, becomes a member
Hong Kong Incorporation
Of Firestar Diamond Limited
Of Firestar Diamond FZE
NIRAV MODI Launched
Launched Ultra-luxury diamond jewelry brand
Firestar Diamond LLC, Armenia, approved customer of OJSC Alrosa, Russia
Launched division Americas out of Firestar NYC Headquarters
Of Firestar Diamond LLC.
South Africa Incorporation
Of Firestar Diamond (Prop.) Ltd.
Of Firestar Diamond BVBA
US Distribution Expanded
Through a majority partnership in Sandberg & Sikorski, America's leading vendor to the US Armed Forces and owners of the 120 year old luxury bridal jewelry brand, A.JAFFE
Acquisition of Frederick Goldman diamond jewelry providing entry to US National Retailers
Into jewelry manufacturing
Loose diamond supplier