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JNA Announces Award Honorees for 2014

Jun 20, 2014 11:36 AM   By JNA
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Press Release: Jewellery News Asia (JNA), the organizers of the prestigious JNA Awards, announced the much anticipated list of honorees for 14 categories in  its third edition. A total of 29 companies from 10 countries/regions have been shortlisted. The event is supported by headline partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, together with honored partners Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group, Paspaley Pearling Company and Shanghai Diamond Exchange.

The judging panel consists of five industry experts, namely Nirupa Bhatt, the managing director of the Gemological Institute of America in India and the Middle East; Bill Boyajian, the founder of Bill Boyajian & Associates Inc.; Albert Cheng, the managing director of the World Gold Council – Far East; James Courage, the CEO of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and Lin Qiang, the president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange.

Now in its third year, the JNA Awards event has grown in size and stature with 91 highly-qualified entries from 20 countries and regions. Countries represented for the first time included Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Vietnam. Nominations were also fielded from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K., U.S. and the United Arab Emirates. A new category, Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN, has been introduced this year to reflect the growing importance of this region in the jewelry and gemstone industry.

Letitia Chow, the chair of the JNA Awards 2014 judging panel, who is the founder of JNA and director of business development for the jewelry group of UBM Asia, said,  “The number of high-quality entries this year is indeed impressive. It is evident that the JNA Awards has reached a new height in its aim to drive the industry forward by raising the standards and promoting excellence and best practices within the trade. Now in our third year, and with enthusiastic supports bestowed by the industry, we are further encouraged and feel strongly that the JNA Awards has served and will continue to serve its purposes.

“It is particularly gratifying this year to see an increasing number of outstanding entries in the categories for innovation. The continual dedication and unrelenting efforts of these companies in search for excellence and high standards led to innovative solutions to meet the needs and challenges envisaged by our industry. I would like to thank all entrants and congratulate all honorees,” she said. 

Cheng, who has been on the judging panel from the beginning,  said, “I am impressed with the quality of the participants this year. Entries covered most of the Asian countries, particularly China and India. I am also happy to see an increase in the participation from Southeast Asia. The objective of the JNA Awards is to recognize successful enterprises and entrepreneurs, encourage healthy competition and stimulate growth in the jewelry industry. I have seen these happening from my involvement in judging in the last three years.”

Courage said,  “Being a judge of this prestigious awards has given me a privileged insight into the dynamic developments underway across the jewelry industry in Asia. Challenges are being met with innovation at various levels in the technical and marketing aspects. I am pleased to see that we have a large vibrant group of young entrepreneurs driving the industry forward.”

Bhatt added, “Leaders and innovators are critical to the success of the global gems and jewelry industry and the JNA Awards is a platform to highlight them. We are delighted with the variety of entries received each year and we make sure that the judging process is meticulous and detail oriented. I wish all the honorees the best.”
 
The following individuals and companies have been shortlisted as honorees for the JNA Awards 2014:


Brand of the Year – Retail
- Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd.
- Jewelmer Joaillerie
- Paspaley

Employer of the Year
- Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.
- Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.
- Luk Fook Holdings (International) Ltd.
- Pandora Production Co. Ltd.

Industry Innovation of the Year – Manufacturing – Business
- Frank Wu Design
- WCJ (Holdings) Co. Ltd.

Industry Innovation of the Year – Manufacturing – Technology
- China Stone Co. Ltd.
- Diamond Services Ltd.
- Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory
- Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co. Ltd.

Manufacturer of the Year – Diamond Cutting and Polishing
- Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.
- Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.
- Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.

Manufacturer of the Year – Gemset Jewelry
- KGK Jewellery Mfg. Ltd.
- Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co. Ltd.

Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metal Only Jewelry
- Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co. Ltd.
- Shenzhen Ganlu Jewellery Co. Ltd.

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN Countries
- China Stone Co. Ltd.
- Jewelmer Joaillerie
- Pranda SCL Indonesia
- Tomei Consolidated Berhad

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
- Hari Krishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.
- J. B. And Brothers Pvt. Ltd.
- Kiran Gems Pvt. Ltd.

Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China
- KGK Diamonds (Shanghai) Ltd.
- Shenzhen Ganlu Jewellery Co. Ltd.
- Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co. Ltd.

Retailer of the Year
- Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd.
- Primo Japan Inc.
- Tomei Consolidated Berhad

E-tailer of the Year
- Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd.
- Leibish & Co.
- Plukka
- Shanghai Wisdom Jewelry Trading Co. Ltd.

Sustainability Initiative of the Year
- Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt. Ltd.
- Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co. Ltd.
- Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt. Ltd.
- WCJ (Holdings) Co. Ltd.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (age 40 and under)
- Shreyansh Kapoor of Kashi Jewellers
- Payal Shah of L’Dezen Jewellery Co. Ltd.
- Sit Kwan of Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co. Ltd.
- Huanjian Zheng of Shenzhen Ganlu Jewellery Co. Ltd.


The Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award will be nominated by the organizer and the announcement will be made at a later date.

This year’s JNA Awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held on September 16  at the InterContinental Hong Kong, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. It is an industry-wide event that honors and recognizes excellence and achievement in the global jewelry trade with a focus on contributions and achievements made in the Asian region. It is a ticketed event by application only. Interested parties can submit their request by logging on to www.JNAawards.com

 


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