Indian diamond industry stalwart Arun R. Mehta passes away. He was 80. A highly respected leader and guiding force and mentor to many, Arunbhai, an industry stalwart is survived by his wife Rajnika, son Russell and daughters Amita Samir Mehta and Alpa Nishit Kothari, his daughter in law Mona, and sons in law Samir Mehta and Nishit Kothari, along with many grand and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered not only for his business prowess but also for his experience, wisdom, and honesty. His willingness of becoming a mentor and guiding force for several country’s leading diamantaires will be well remembered. He was one of the most sought after advisors and problem solvers due to his simplistic effective and practical approach. For those who knew him, he was always a phone call away. He never declined to support someone who sought his counsel.
He was one of the pioneers of the Indian diamond industry’s modernization and rapid growth phase. He founded, Rosy Blue which gained a favorable and trustworthy reputation. He always prioritized high integrity and business ethics while helping the industry. He was able to seize opportunities with his revolutionary vision and business acumen. He participated in several trade organizations and immensely contributed to the growth of the whole industry. He was a member of the Managing Committee of the Bharat Diamond Bourse and was associated with the Bombay Diamond Merchants Association. He was also a member of the Working Committee of the Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council for over 20 years.
Later he became dedicated philanthropy and supported causes like education and medicine. His endeavors were focused on the growth and development of the Banskatha region and the Palanpuri community. He also served as Chairman of Palanpur Samaj Kendra, Mumbai, and of Vidyamandir Trust, Palanpur for several years. He was associated with Sir kikabhai premchand Trust, Banskatha District kelavni Mandal, and the Gem & jewelry National Relief Foundation.
He will always be remembered for his personal and professional contributions and the values he lived his life by. May his soul rest in peace.
As a mark of respect to Shri Arun R. Mehta, the Indian Diamond Trade will be remained closed in Mumbai and Surat on June 16th, 2020.
Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)
Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB)
Mumbai Diamond Merchants Association (MDMA)