The JNA Awards, one of the most prestigious and coveted awards programmes in the international jewellery and gemstone industry, received close to 100 entries from more than 60 companies and individuals across 11 award categories.
Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards, and director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at Informa Markets, remarked, “It has always been the intention of the Awards to widen its participant scope and attract new companies from different markets. This year, we are thrilled to receive such high number of entries, with more than 50 percent of them being first-time entrants, and their submissions account for almost half of the total entries. It is encouraging and promising to see that the benefits and purpose of the Awards are being recognised and valued by more and more members of the trade."
The Awards also drew interest from a diverse international group of companies from 15 countries and regions, namely China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Belgium.
The Industry Innovation of the Year continues to be the most sought-after category with the higher number of entries followed by Young Entrepreneur of the Year (age 40 and below).
JNA Awards 2019 is supported by Headline Partners Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, and DANAT, together with Honoured Partners KGK Group, China Gems and Jade Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd.
The Honourees or shortlisted entrants will be announced on June 20, 2019 at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
Organised by Informa Markets, the JNA Awards strives to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in the industry. Since its inception in 2012, the Awards has been dedicated to sharing its core values with the trade, inspiring the gemstone and jewellery industry to thrive and advance as a whole by sharing best business practices and encouraging high standards.