JNA Awards unveils list of partners for 2019

Chow Tai Fook, DANAT and Shanghai Diamond Exchange return as Headline Partners

Hong Kong, 30 October 2018 – The JNA Awards recently unveiled its impressive list of partners for 2019. Leading the list is Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, which marks its eighth consecutive year as a Headline Partner; along with Bahrain Institute­­­ for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) and long term supporter, Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), which return as Headline Partners for the second and third year, respectively.

Meanwhile, the KGK Group and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) also return as Honoured Partners for 2019; while Shanghai Gems & Jade Exchange (CSGJE) comes on board as an Honoured Partner for the first time.

The JNA Awards is one of the most influential platforms and awards programmes in the international jewellery and gemstone industry, where inspiring success stories of the trade are recognised and celebrated, with the objective of encouraging and promoting excellence, best practices and innovations within the industry.

The partnership signing ceremony was held during the JNA Awards gala dinner in Hong Kong on 17 September.

Partners gathered to show steadfast support for JNA Awards 2019. Pictured from left: Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman of KGK Group; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia; Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia; Kenneth Scarratt, CEO of DANAT; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; and Simon Chan, Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of Shanghai Gems & Jade Exchange

Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, shared at the signing ceremony, “We are very honoured to be able to work with partners who share the same vision and commitment to promoting the advancement of the industry together. Their unwavering support is indispensable to the growth and success of the JNA Awards since its inception.”

“As an industry pioneer, Chow Tai Fook takes pride in supporting the JNA Awards as a Headline Partner for eight consecutive years. We firmly believe that sustainability is our priority. Through collaborating with our peers, we are able to strive together and drive prosperous developments that contribute to the greater success of the jewellery industry,” said Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook.

Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of SDE remarked, “SDE has had the privilege of witnessing the birth of the Awards from scratch, as well as the overwhelming hardships it has conquered to become a remarkable awards programme for the trade. As we usher in its eighth year, SDE will continue to work closely with the JNA Awards team and other related parties to bring this great Awards to a new level.”

Kenneth Scarratt, CEO of DANAT shared, “It is an honour to be a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for 2018 and to have the opportunity to promote DANAT and the Kingdom of Bahrain to global leaders of the gem and jewellery industry on this elite platform. It is important the gem and jewellery community works hard to continually elevate the practices and standards of this fine industry and the JNA Awards is certainly an important part of this international effort. DANAT extends its congratulations to the incredible individuals and companies recognised at the JNA Awards 2018 and looks forward to the next JNA Awards in 2019.”

“Teaming up with the JNA Awards has always been an overwhelming experience. KGK and JNA Awards share the same vision, as well as core values that highlight the importance of innovation, creativity and best business practices. The Awards provides an opportunity and platform for the community to celebrate and collaborate with enterprises and individuals manifest excellent management techniques, innovative approaches and socially responsible strategies that bring the industry forward. The JNA Awards will no doubt attain greater heights in coming years,” shared Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman of the KGK Group.

Simon Chan, Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of CSGJE said, “2019 is a year of innovation and development for the gemstone industry in China. More creative designs and more revolutionary business models are needed. CSGJE hopes that by collaborating with the JNA Awards 2019, we will continue to drive the advancement of the jewellery industry, and further spread awareness on innovations that strengthen the vitality of the jewellery industry in the international jewellery community.”

 “GDLAND is looking forward to cooperating with JNA Awards for the sixth consecutive year in 2019. Together with the Awards, we would like to explore and create new opportunities for the jewellery industry, to promote positive transformation in the industry.” Liu Zheng, Deputy General Manager of GDLAND concluded.

The JNA Awards 2018 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was successfully held on 17 September, with 16 Recipients being honoured across 13 categories. Close to 500 industry leaders and elites from around the world attended the event. Please visit the JNA Awards website here for the full list of Recipients.