The 7th JNA Awards Honours Industry Forerunners & Groundbreakers
Among the events cancelled and rescheduled in Hong Kong during the gem and jewellery show, because of the typhoon, was the prestigious JNA Awards. Originally taking place on the 16th, it was postponed to the 17th.
The JNA Awards annually recognises innovation and excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry by honouring companies and individuals for their contributions to the advancement of the trade. With strong support from its partners, including Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, DANAT, KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited, the JNA Awards is the most prestigious event on the international jewellery and gemstone calendar.
“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,” stated Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards. “Our honouree companies and individuals embrace this mindset to drive
their businesses forward. Once again, I would like to express my deep appreciation and sincere congratulations to all companies and individuals who took part in this year’s Awards. Together, we can make this industry flourish.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Prida Tiasuwan, chairman of Pranda Jewelry Public Co. Ltd. Prida is well-known for his tireless effort in bringing Thailandmade 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 winners in the 12 categories are: 1. Brand of the Year – Retail: Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited, Hong Kong 2. eSupplier of the Year: Kiran Gems Private
Limited, India 3. Industry Innovation of the Year 3a. Business Model: Shenzhen Mover
Jewellery Co. Ltd., China 3b. Diamond Testing Technology: IIDGR (UK) Ltd.,
United Kingdom 3c. 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 Private Limited, India 9. Retailer of the Year (500 outlets and below):
PT Central Mega Kencana, Indonesia 10. Retailer of the Year (501 outlets and above):
Hiersun, China 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
(Top) Winners of the 2018 JNA Awards. (Photo: JNA Awards)
Gautam Gopani, director – Kiran Exports (HK) Ltd. accepting the award on behalf of the company.