The sixth annual JNA Awards, one of the most prestigious international awards in the jewellery industry, successfully held its gala event at the InterContinental Hong Kong on 14 September.

Thirty-five Honourees or shortlisted candidates that serve as shining examples of the best that the gemstone and jewellery sector has to offer were proudly recognised while Award Recipients across 10 categories were revealed in an exclusive ceremony attended by key industry decisionmakers and influencers. The gala celebration, one of the most important events on the annual jewellery trade calendar, received the full support of business leaders and various government representatives.

The JNA Awards honours industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and success Organised by UBM Asia, the JNA Awards champions best business practices in the jewellery and gemstone community by recognising and promoting companies and individuals that demonstrate brilliant leadership, innovative thinking, and succeassful sustainable and socially responsible strategies.

Firmin Robert Wan, the “Pearl Emperor of Tahiti,” and Jacques Branellec, a pioneer in the cultivation of the golden South Sea pearl, were the recipients of the 2017 JNA Awards’ highest accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award. This also marked the first time that the awards programme presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to two individuals. Wan, founder of the Robert Wan Group, is widely credited for bringing the Tahitian pearl at the forefront of the fine jewellery industry. Branellec, who cofounded Jewelmer with Filipino entrepreneur Manuel Cojuangco, is known for his groundbreaking work in the cultivation of golden South Sea pearls.

The 18 Award Recipients across 10 categories are:

1. Brand of the Year – Retail
Goldendew Co Ltd – South Korea
Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K K – Japan

2. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets & below)
SK Jewellery Pte Ltd – Singapore

3. eSupplier of the Year
Kela – China
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd – India

4. Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
KGK Group – Hong Kong
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd – China

5. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - ASEAN
Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company – Vietnam

6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - Greater China
Shenzhen Ideal Jewellery Co Ltd – China

7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd – India

8. Industry Innovation of the Year
3D Jewellery Company Ltd – China
Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd - Hong Kong
Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd - Switzerland
Shenzhen Lingchengben Technology Co Ltd - China

9. Sustainability Initiative of the Year
PANDORA Production Co Ltd - Thailand

10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Mr Zhang Guo Tao, Shenzhen Darry Jewelry Co Ltd - China
Mr Chau Tsankwan, Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd - China

Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards, Founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, commented, “Our Honouree companies and individuals this year have all demonstrated extraordinary leadership, and serve as brilliant examples of what can be achieved if one is bold enough to break new and innovative grounds. Every single company or individual who participated in this year’s Awards has shown the core values that make our industry great, and for that, they truly deserve our most heartfelt congratulations.”