JNA Awards partners renew sponsorship for 2013
HONG KONG, 1 November, 2012 – Jewellery News Asia (JNA), main organiser of the JNA Awards, announced that all existing Awards partners have renewed their sponsorship for 2013.

At a signing ceremony held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook announced their ongoing support as Headline Partners of the JNA Awards next year. The Israel Diamond Institute, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, Robert Wan Tahiti and the KARP Group have also renewed their sponsorship as Honoured Partners. The JNA Awards 2013 will be held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

All six sponsor partners continue their support for the JNA Awards in 2013. (Pictured) Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd (third from left); Rita Maltez, Manager of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Greater China Representative Office (third from right); Nissim Palomo, Chief Marketing Officer of the Israel Diamond Institute (second from left); Caroline Yuan, Vice President of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (second from right); Emily Yau of Robert Wan Tahiti (first from left); Ramesh Virani, Director of the KARP Group (first from right) and Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia Ltd (centre)

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA, Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards judging panel, said: “We are extremely grateful for the loyal support of our partners and their commitment to the development of the jewellery industry in Asia and the JNA Awards programme. These partnerships confirm the main objectives of this meaningful event, which include the recognition of excellence, leadership and innovation in the jewellery and gemstone industry. We are looking forward to a greater success in 2013.”

Commenting on the announcement, Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Chief Commercial Officer – Diamonds, Rio Tinto Diamonds said: “Rio Tinto is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the JNA Awards in 2013. We were impressed with the quality of the 2012 Awards and did not hesitate to continue our support of what we believe is an important new platform in the gemstone and jewellery industry.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, added: “We are thrilled to maintain our partnership with the JNA Awards for the second edition in 2013. The success of the inaugural event confirmed its place as an exceptional setting to reward and celebrate our industry.”

The awards recipients for the 10 categories of the inaugural JNA Awards 2012 were announced on September 20, 2012 to an audience of over 450 guests from the international gemstone and jewellery industry at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong.

For more information about the JNA Awards, log on to www.jnaawards.com.

About the JNA Awards
The JNA Awards is an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievement in the jewellery trade. In 2013, the Awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
The event is organised by Jewellery News Asia (http://www.jewellerynewsasia.com/) of UBM Asia.
Jewellery News Asia, first published in 1983, is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia's (http://www.ubmasia.com/) Jewellery Group. The publication is a leader in providing the latest industry updates and in-depth reports, covering the international jewellery trade with an Asian insight. Following its success, the publication launched its online edition, http://www.jewellerynewsasia.com/ in June 2011.

Note for Editors:

1. About UBM Asia (http://www.ubmasia.com/ )
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