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JNA Awards Announced 2018 Honourees


The JNA Awards announced the Honourees across 12 categories at a news conference held alongside of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.The seventh edition saw a record-breaking 127 submissions from 16 countries and regions.
Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, commented, "Competition has never been keener judging from the record-breaking number of entries we received this year. To top it off, the quality of the submissions remains remarkable."
\ (From left) Jim Li of Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange; AbhishekParekh of KGK Group; Peter Suen of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Letitia Chowof UBM Asia; Wolfram Diener of UBM Asia; Caroline Yuan of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Kenneth Scarratt of DANAT; Liu Zheng of Guangdong Land Holdings 
The 2018 independent judging panel consists of industry experts namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council (WGC) and former Managing Director, Far East (WGC); James Courage, former Chief Executive of Platinum Guild International (PGI) and former Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC); Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE); Mark Lee, Research Director of Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy (APIFS); Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc.
Cheng shared, "The JNA Awards is further gaining momentum, the judging panel went through the lively process of debate and discussion in selecting this year's Honourees again. We expect to engage in even more spirited discussions when selecting the champions for each category."
Courage added, "The entries this year reflect an emphasis on innovation in design, manufacturing, finance and marketing. They recognise the challenges to the jewellery sector from other categories and the need to target millennials and younger consumers."
2018 Judging Panel
Lin remarked, "I continue to be inspired by the achievements and innovative spirit of all the entries. This year, the competition is particularly fierce that selecting the frontrunners from such a diverse and excellent pool of entries had been most challenging."
"It's exciting to see the quality of entries for this year's JNA Awards, which makes the process even more challenging. This is a testament to the innovations and disruptions that have been driving growth in Asia's gemstone and jewellery industry," Bhatt noted.
Lee added, "Innovation and sustainable strategies are very important in this rapidly changing world. The JNA Awards is an excellent platform to showcase the industry's development and successes, and exemplifies the efforts that the participants have put into their operations."
2018 Honorees Announcement Press Conference
Suwa expressed, "Entrants to the JNA Awards vary greatly in terms of annual turnover, from a hundred thousand dollars to close to US$10 billion, and the size of the workforce, from a few employees to nearly 30,000 workers. The judging panel focuses on the quality of the work achieved."
Brand of the Year – Retail
LukFook Holdings (International) Limited (Stock Code 00590.HK)
PhuNhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company
Shenzhen Darry Jewelry Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen Perfect Love Diamond Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co.,Ltd
eSupplier of the Year
Fujia Financial Information Service Co., Ltd.
Kiran GemsPrivate Limited
Zbird / Shanghai Wisdom Jewelry Trading Co Ltd
Industry Innovation of the Year
Cody Opal Australia Pty Ltd
ISMOND Jewelry technology co., LTD
PANDORA Productions
Shenzhen China Precious Gold Group Limited
Shenzhen Heng Fu Ying Jia Gold Company Limited
ShenZhen Lingchengben Technology Corporation Limited
ShenZhen MOVER Jewellery CO.,LTD.
Manufacturer of the Year – Cutting & Polishing
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group
KGK Diamonds (HK) Limited
Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
Kuwayama Corporation
MKS Jewelry International Co., Ltd
Shenzhen Kingli Jewellery Co., Ltd
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN, Japan & Korea
Crossfor Co.,Ltd.
Poh Kong Jewellers
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited
Shenzhen Mingfeng Jewellery Co,. Ltd.
ShenZhen Sunfeel JewelryCo.,Ltd.
Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
H.K. Jewels Private Limited
KGK Diajewels Private Limited
Retailer of the Year (500 outlets and below)
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company
Poh Kong Jewellers
PT Central Mega Kencana
Shenzhen Darry Jewelry Co.,Ltd.
Retailer of the Year (501 outlets and above)
Mokingran Jewelry Group Co.,Ltd.
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co.,Ltd.
Sustainability Initiative of the Year
KGK Diamonds (HK) Limited
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Mr Sureshkumar Ghevriya, Prism Group
Ms Xiao, Xu,  Zbird / Shanghai Wisdom Jewelry Trading Co.,Ltd.
Mr Lian Guang, Yang, BeijingYing Yan Network Technology Co., Ltd.  
The winners will be announced at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 16 September during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be announced in July.

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