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JNA Awards 2018 recognises industry forerunners and groundbreakers

10 October 2018

Industry leaders and pioneers gather to celebrate the success stories of the trade at the seventh edition of the JNA Awards


The seventh annual JNA Awards,  one of the most prestigious award programmes in the international jewellery and gemstone industry, revealed its Recipients at a glittering gala event  held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery  & Gem Fair on September 17.

JNA Awards announced its 2018 edition’s 15 Recipients across 12 award categories at a star-studded ceremony witnessed by prominent industry leaders and influencers. The 44 Honourees or finalists were also acknowledged during the gala event.

Organised by UBM Asia, the JNA Awards is dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of excellence, leadership, innovation and best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone community.

Prida Tiasuwan, chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Co Ltd – PRANDA Group, was feted with the Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest accolade conferred by the JNA Awards. Prida is well known for his tireless effort in bringing Thailand-made jewellery to the forefront of the global market. His bold vision and revolutionary ideas not only contributed to the success of PRANDA Group, but also benefited the jewellery industry as a whole.

The 15 Award Recipients across 12 Categories are:

1. Brand of the Year – Retail

Luk Fook Holdings (International) Ltd – Hong Kong

2. eSupplier of the Year

Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd – India

3. Industry Innovation of the Year

3a. Industry Innovation of the Year – Business Model

Shenzhen MOVER Jewellery Co Ltd – China

3b. Industry Innovation of the Year – Diamond Testing Technology

IIDGR (UK) Ltd – United Kingdom

3c. Industry Innovation of the Year – Manufacturing Process

PANDORA Production Co Ltd – Thailand

4. Manufacturer of the Year – Cutting & Polishing

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd – Hong Kong

5. Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery

Kuwayama Corporation – Japan

6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN, Japan & Korea

Poh Kong Jewellers – Malaysia

7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China

Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd – China

8. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India

KGK Diajewels Pvt Ltd – India

9. Retailer of the Year (500 outlets and below)

PT Central Mega Kencana – Indonesia

10. Retailer of the Year (501 outlets and above)


11. Sustainability Initiative of the Year

Jewelmer (Karamar Corporation) – Philippines

12. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

Xu Xiao, Zbird / Shanghai Wisdom Jewelry Trading Co Ltd – China

Zulu Ghevriya, Prism Group – Hong Kong

Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards, founder of JNA, and director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “Our industry is facing some challenging times, but we should not be discouraged. Instead, this is the time to be innovative. This is the time to seek business opportunities with a different light and angle, and form alliances and collaborations to create win-win situations. Our Honouree companies and individuals embrace this mindset to drive their businesses forward.”

Kent Wong, managing director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, remarked, “Having been a JNA Awards Headline Partner for seven consecutive years, we are thrilled to witness the continuous pursuit of breakthroughs and accomplishments by our peers. Through our concerted efforts, I believe we can drive the development of the jewellery industry and let it shine for generations to come.”

Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), added, “The Honourees for Industry Innovation of the Year were extremely impressive this year and nicely represented the entrepreneurial spirit of the jewellery industry. All the companies are blazing trails in their respective sectors, but it is only through innovation that one can truly stand out. I love reading about success stories stemming from innovation – be it in the context of technology, business models and product development. What those inspiring stories tell us is that change can be a positive thing, and that taking risks can lead to tremendous growth.”

Kenneth Scarratt, CEO of the Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT), shared, “The JNA Awards in exemplifying excellence provides a vital avenue for talented professionals to show the world that the gem and jewellery industry is truly innovative, diverse and transparent. The Recipients this year, as in previous years, are great global trade ambassadors and we should all be grateful for their contributions and support in setting the standards to which we should all aspire.”

In addition to Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook, SDE and DANAT, the JNA Awards is supported by Honoured Partners KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd (GDLAND).