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JNA Awards 2013 Opens For Entries

HONG KONG, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The second edition of the JNA Awards, an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievement in the jewellery trade, is now open for entries. Individuals and companies may submit entries on behalf of themselves or others by filling out the application form available at the Awards' website:

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Electronic applications are due by midnight ( Hong Kong time) of the deadline day, 15 May 2013. The first stage of the judging process will be completed in mid-June. The Honourees or shortlisted candidates will be announced on 20 June, and the Honourees and Recipients will be feted at a gala dinner and presentation ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on 12 September during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2013.

The list of award categories for 2013 is as follows:
  • Brand of the Year - Retail
  • Employer of the Year
  • Industry Innovation of the Year - Manufacturing - Business
  • Industry Innovation of the Year - Manufacturing - Technology
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Coloured Gemstone Cutting and Polishing
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Diamond Cutting and Polishing
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Gem-set Jewellery
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Precious Metal Only Jewellery
  • Outstanding Contribution of the Year
  • Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - India
  • Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - Mainland China
  • Retailer of the Year
  • E-tailer of the Year
  • Store Design of the Year
  • Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 or below)

"This is a very exciting date for the JNA Awards 2013 and the entire organising team. The inaugural event in 2012 was a great success and we want to make sure the second edition is even better. We believe that the added categories will attract exceptional applications from the global jewellery and gemstone industry," said Letitia Chow, founder of Jewellery News Asia ( JNA) and Director of Business Development - Jewellery Group at UBM Asia.

"We are happy to be one of the headline partners of the JNA Awards 2013. Our partnership conveys that Chow Tai Fook is proud to continue to uphold best industry practices through technological innovation, talent development and environmental sustainability. The JNA Awards provides a platform for the industry to share experiences and learn from each other. Our partnership also shows our commitment and dedication to providing our customers with the highest quality products and services," said Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited.

Rita Maltez, Manager of the Greater China Representative Office, Diamonds Sales and Marketing at Rio Tinto Diamonds, also commented: "Jewellery design is advancing at an unprecedented pace in China, and the JNA Awards is a fantastic platform to showcase talented and innovative individuals and companies. Rio Tinto Diamonds encourages potential applicants to enter and wish them the best of luck."

"KARP has been encouraging efforts like these for many years and we strongly believe in recognising and rewarding the achievements of our industry colleagues. Such initiative plays a very important role in elevating industry practices and motivating others to excel and effect positive change. We believe the JNA Awards will play an important role in the growth of the jewellery industry in the future," added Ramesh Virani, Director of KARP Group, an Honoured Partner of the JNA Awards for the second consecutive year.

The JNA Awards 2013 is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Gubelin, Israel Diamond Institute, KARP Group, Robert Wan Tahiti and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange as Honoured Partners. An international group of prominent industry experts will form the judging panel.

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