Robert Wan Joins Rio Tinto, Chow Tai Fook,
Israel Diamond Institute and Shanghai Diamond Exchange as
Partners of JNA Awards

HONG KONG, March 30, 2012 -- Following the announcement of the launch of the JNA Awards 2012 with Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook leading the event as Headline Partners, Robert Wan Tahiti joins Israel Diamond Institute and Shanghai Diamond Exchange as an Honoured Partner of this industry-wide event for the jewellery and gemstone trade. The JNA Awards ( is now open for entries.
This 'Natural Mystic' necklace in white gold, designed and created by Robert Wan Tahiti, is made with rare baroque pearls measuring more than 15mm in diameter, and embellished with 1,400 micro-set diamonds


The first of its kind in Asia, the JNA Awards is an international event to honour and recognise excellence and achievements in the jewellery trade with a focus on contribution and advancement in the Asian region. The Awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held on September 20, 2012, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. It is organised by Jewellery News Asia ( of UBM Asia in collaboration with UBM Awards.


Letitia Chow, Founder of Jewellery News Asia and Director of Business Development -- Jewellery Group at UBM Asia said, "We are delighted and warmly welcome Robert Wan Tahiti partnering with us in this inaugural event. Robert Wan himself exemplifies the essence of the awards in terms of excellence and achievement. His presence will add lustre to this significant and exciting event."


Robert Wan Tahiti is the brand representing the culmination of Robert Wan's vision to create timeless exquisite pearl jewellery embracing his passion to combine elegance, nature and sophistication. The result is high-end feminine designs, chokers and sautoirs of superb-quality pearls from his farms in South Marutea, Polynesia. Robert Wan Group, located in Papeete, Tahiti, is a global brand that focuses its activities around the culture of Tahitian pearls.  The Group is represented in Europe, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, the Middle East and Oceania.


Robert Wan, Founder and Chairman of Robert Wan Tahiti, commented, "At Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Awards, you see celebrities wearing stunning jewellery. This time, the attention will be in Hong Kong at the JNA Awards where jewellery, gemstones and, of course, pearls will be the stars of the show. We are proud to sponsor the JNA Awards that celebrate and promote excellence in our industry."


The event is calling for entries from now until May 4. Companies and individuals interested in submitting an application can visit for entry forms and to obtain details on the awards categories, rules of entry, judging criteria and judging process.


JNA Awards Categories include:

·         Manufacturer of the Year

·         Retailer of the Year

·         Employer of the Year

·         Brand of the Year

·         Industry Innovation of the Year -- Manufacturing

·         Industry Innovation of the Year -- Retail

·         Sustainability Initiative of the Year

·         Young Leader of the Year (Age 30 or below)

·         3 Decades of Excellence Award

·         Outstanding Contribution to the Industry of the Year

·         Lifetime Achievement Award

·         Wonder of the World Award


Jewellery News Asia, first published in 1983, is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia's ( Jewellery Group. The publication is a leader in providing the latest industry updates and in-depth reports, covering the international jewellery trade with an Asia insight.  Following its success, the publication launched its online edition, in June 2011.


Note for Editors:


1. About UBM Asia ( )
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia operates in 18 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. We have over 200 products including trade fairs, conferences, trade publications, B2B/B2C portals and virtual event services. As Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in the two fastest-growing markets in Asia: China and India, we stage the leading events of their kind across Asia. Our 150 events, 24publications and 16 vertical portals serve a million-plus quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events, quality and instant news on market and industry trends and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. We have 1,000 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.


2. About UBM plc (
UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,600 staff in more than 31 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

3. About UBM Awards
UBM Awards is UBM plc's awards organiser and producer. Based in London, UBM Awards specialises in end-to-end delivery of cross-sector awards programmes and bespoke events worldwide. UBM Awards organises more than 30 awards and bespoke events annually including the National Business Awards, the Asian Awards and the National Sales Awards.

Please contact:

Jewellery News Asia
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
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Paul Pimlett, Events Director
UBM Awards (UK)
[email protected]