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Rio Tinto Promotes Innovation in Diamond Jewelry Industry

Jun 21, 2012 3:41 AM   By Rio Tinto Diamonds
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Press Release: As premier sponsor of the Jewellery News Asia (JNA) Awards, Rio Tinto congratulated the shortlisted finalists announced at a press conference in Hong Kong.

The inaugural JNA Awards recognizes innovators and leaders in the jewelry industry focusing on areas such as manufacturing, branding, retail, sustainability and outstanding contribution.

“We’re extremely pleased to see such an international flavor in the finalist list, which together with the large number of entries, positions the JNA Awards as an important milestone for the global jewelry industry,” according to Rita Maltez, the manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Greater China Representative Office.

Rio Tinto established its sales and marketing representative office in Hong Kong in March 2010 in recognition of the growing importance of the Chinese diamond jewelry market. Since that time it has successfully partnered with premier retailer Chow Tai Fook to develop a new market for diamond fashion jewelry that is complementary to the existing bridal market.

Innovative designers, manufacturers and retailers can readily embrace the fashion jewelry opportunity in Greater China.

“From mining to manufacturing, marketing and retail, there must be a collaborative effort to deliver on changing consumer needs,” Maltez said. “As established and emerging leaders of innovation in the gem and jewelry industry, the recipients of the JNA Awards are well placed to capture the opportunities.”

Winners of the JNA Awards will be announced in September during the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair.

About Rio Tinto Diamonds
Rio Tinto has been in the diamonds industry for more than 30 years and operates a fully integrated diamond exploration, mining and sales and marketing business. Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Africa and 100 percent interest in an advanced diamond project in India.

Rio Tinto’s diamonds are sold through its sales and marketing headquarters in Antwerp, with representative offices in New York, Mumbai and Hong Kong and a stand- alone pink diamond business in Perth, Western Australia.

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