Gubelin joins Rio Tinto Diamonds, Chow Tai Fook,
Israel Diamond Institute, Robert Wan Tahiti and Shanghai Diamond Exchange at JNA Awards 2013

HONG KONG, 17 January 2013 – Jewellery News Asia (JNA), main organiser of the JNA Awards, is proud to announce that Gubelin has signed up as an Honoured Partner for the JNA Awards 2013. Gubelin joins Headline Partners Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook, and Honoured Partners the Israel Diamond Institute, Robert Wan Tahiti and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange in the second edition of the industry-wide event that will be held on 12 September 2013 during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

The JNA Awards recognises and honours excellence in the jewellery industry, with a focus on companies and individuals that have made significant contributions to the Asian gemstone and jewellery trade.

(From left) Raphael Gübelin, CEO of Gubelin Group, Switzerland; Rita Maltez, Manager Greater China Representative Office, Diamonds Sales and Marketing at Rio Tinto Diamonds; and Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited
“We are proud to sponsor the prestigious JNA Awards since it promotes and builds awareness on the vital issues impacting the gemstone and jewellery industry. The Awards also reflects the values of Gubelin, a family-owned business that is famous for fine jewellery that merges Swiss goldsmith craftsmanship with precious gemstones, and the Gubelin gemmological laboratory, which is a global leader in coloured gemstone certification,” said Raphael Gübelin, CEO of Gubelin Group, Switzerland.

Gubelin ( has embraced the highest standards in jewellery and gemstones since 1854. With its wide range of gems and signature jewellery collections, the company has established a strong presence in Switzerland’s premier locations, including Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lugano, St. Moritz and Geneva. It recently opened its first Asian boutique in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The business, led by Raphael from the sixth generation of the founding family, is going strong and continues to nurture the company’s traditional values of genuineness, purity, exclusivity, quality and authenticity. In addition to the jewellery retail stores and the Gubelin Ateliers, the group also operates the Gubelin Gem Lab, a world-renowned scientific gemstone laboratory with headquarters in Switzerland and an office in Hong Kong.

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said: “We are pleased that the century-old and globally known brand, Gubelin, has joined us in this meaningful and instrumental platform that promotes and builds awareness on best practices and excellence in the jewellery industry. With the renewal of partnerships from last year, we are now ready to deliver the second edition of the Awards, which provides the industry with a benchmark for excellence.”
“We are delighted that Gubelin is an Honoured Partner of the JNA Awards 2013. Their presence will only enrich the already exceptionally prestigious event and enhance its importance in the global jewellery and gemstone industry,” added Rita Maltez, Manager Greater China Representative Office, Diamonds Sales and Marketing at Rio Tinto Diamonds.

“We would like to extend our warmest welcome to Gubelin as an Honoured Partner. Their joining hand with us further magnifies the significance of the JNA Awards.  We are looking forward to another successful JNA Awards, which has become a major event on the industry calendar,” added Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited.

The JNA Awards is once again supported by Honoured Partners comprising of strong institutions namely the Israel Diamond Institute, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Robert Wan Tahiti ( 

The inaugural event, JNA Awards 2012, was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, on September 21, gathering an audience of over 450 industry leaders and VIPs, including the most influential and inspiring decision-makers and stakeholders in the jewellery and gemstone trade.

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Notes for Editors:

1. About the JNA Awards
The JNA Awards is an industry-wide event that honours and recognises excellence and achievement in the jewellery trade. The event is organised by Jewellery News Asia of UBM Asia.

2. About Jewellery News Asia
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 Asian insight. Following its success, the publication launched its online edition, in June 2011.

3. About the Headline Partners

Rio Tinto Diamonds (
As one of the largest producers of rough diamonds in the world, Rio Tinto Diamonds enjoys an important presence in the international diamond market through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine, 60 percent of the Diavik mine, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine and an advanced diamond project in India. Rio Tinto Diamonds’ productions are sorted and prepared for sale at its sales and marketing headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, supported by a network of representative offices in Hong Kong, Mumbai and New York. Rio Tinto Diamonds maintains an extensive industry intelligence network and a high level of customer and product support. The company also believes in supporting consumer confidence in diamonds and plays an active role in addressing key industry issues around product integrity and sustainable development. Rio Tinto Diamonds is a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, the not-for-profit organisation established to reinforce consumer confidence in the jewellery industry.

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (Chow Tai Fook), listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 2011, is today’s largest jeweller by market capitalisation in the world. With over 80 years’ heritage and a long-standing reputation, the iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value. Chow Tai Fook has an extensive retail network with over 1,800 points of sale spans 400 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia, and a rapidly growing presence in e-commerce. Chow Tai Fook’s fundamentals and growth dynamics are strong and it aspires to become the world’s most trusted Asian jewellery brand.

4. About UBM Asia 
Owned by London Stock Exchange-listed UBM plc, UBM Asia operates in 19 market sectors with headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia, including UBM China in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Beijing. The company has over 240 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 China, India and Malaysia, UBM stages the leading events of their kind across the region. The company’s 200 events, 24 publications and 16 vertical portals serve over a million 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 market news and industry trends, and round-the-clock online trading networks and sourcing platforms. The company has over 1,100 staff in 21 major cities across Asia, stretching from Japan to Turkey.

5. About UBM plc
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. The company informs markets and brings the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. The company has 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries that are organised into specialist teams which serve commercial and professional communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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