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Chinese jewellers snag six JNA Awards accolades

HONG KONG, 2 November 2015 China-based companies made a big splash at JNA Awards 2015, taking home the most number of trophies handed out during the awards ceremony and gala dinner held in Hong Kong in September. Of this year’s 19 awardees, six were from China.


Considered the “Oscars” of the jewellery industry, the
JNA Awards drew more than 90 highly qualified entries from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Forty-nine Honourees, representing 31 companies, were shortlisted. Following a rigorous judging process, China-based companies won six trophies across 15 categories. The 16th category – Lifetime Achievement Award – was selected by the organiser.


List of JNA Awards 2015 recipients from Mainland China:

1. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China: Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd
2. Industry Innovation of the Year: Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd

3. Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd

4. Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metals-Only Jewellery: Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd
5. E-tailer of the Year: KELA

6. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 or below): Sit Kwan - Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd

(Top row, from left) Edmund Chau, Chairman and CEO of Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd; Mrs Wang Tong, Representative of Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd; Lin Changwei, Chairman of Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewellery Industrial Co Ltd. (Bottom row, from left) Huanjian Zheng, General Manager of Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd; Michael Cao, CEO of KELA; Sit Kwan, President of Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd
Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards Judging Panel, said, “These awards truly reflect the huge potential for the development of the Chinese jewellery industry and further establish China’s prominence in the international jewellery and gemstone market. As the organiser of the JNA Awards, we heartily congratulate all the winning Chinese companies and individuals, and we hope that their unremitting efforts will lead to even greater success in the coming years.”

“To be honoured in this global jewellery industry award means a lot to us. It provides us with an opportunity and platform to highlight our strengths and showcase the competitiveness of China’s world-class jewellery enterprises,” Sit Kwan, President of Shenzhen Bofook Jewellery Co Ltd, shared.
After two consecutive wins in the Manufacturer of the Year – Gem-Set Jewellery category in 2013 and 2014, Shenzhen Xingguangda captured the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award for the first time in 2015. “The JNA Awards’ authoritative status, fairness and prestige are widely recognised by the jewellery industry. This award recognises Shenzhen Xingguangda’s commitment to sustainable development practices,” said Lin Changwei, Chairman of Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewellery Industrial Co Ltd.
“The Awards inspires industry stakeholders to emulate best business practices, and step up and lead the industry. This honour has further emboldened our team to keep pushing ahead and drive our innovation efforts,” commented Wang Tong, Chairman of Shenzhen United BlueOcean Technology Development Co Ltd.

“We are very grateful to the JNA Awards judging panel for recognising our work and accomplishments. For Batar, winning the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Mainland China award is not only a prestigious honour, but also serves as an encouragement for us to move forward,” said Edmund Chau, Chairman and CEO of Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd.

“This award is a testament to the achievements of China’s jewellery e-commerce enterprises. It is gratifying to know that KELA has finally gained industry recognition after years of hard work,” Michael Cao, CEO of KELA, remarked.
“The Manufacturer of the Year – Precious Metals-Only Jewellery award is the highest accolade given to Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry’s production, design and innovation capabilities in the jewellery industry,” Huanjian Zheng, General Manager of Shenzhen Ganlu Jewelry Co Ltd, added.

The JNA Awards 2015 judging panel consisted of five industry experts namely Albert Cheng, Advisor to the World Gold Council, Far East; James Courage, Chairman of the Responsible Jewellery Council; Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA India and the Middle East; and Yasukazu Suwa, Chairman of Suwa & Son, Inc. 
As Asia’s premier jewellery event, the JNA Awards honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry, with a focus on achievements made in Asia. The JNA Awards 2015 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair with more than 500 industry leaders and VIPs from around the world in attendance.
Since its inception in 2012, the JNA Awards has been supported by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners. The awards’ 2015 edition also had Diarough Group, Gübelin Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd as Honoured Partners.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the JNA Awards 2016 categories in November. For more information on the JNA Awards and to view the list of 2015 awardees, visit http://www.jnaawards.com/ or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-2184
[email protected]

Notes for Editors:

1.      About JNA (www.jewellerynewsasia.com)

JNA is the organiser of the JNA Awards and is the flagship publication of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, coloured gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.


2.      About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (www.riotinto.com/diamondsandminerals)

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.


Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.


2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (www.chowtaifook.com)

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, the largest jeweller listed in Hong Kong by market capitalisation, is celebrated as one of the most dynamic jewellery companies in the world. It was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index.


The iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” of the Group has been widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and is renowned for product design, quality and value. The acquisition of Hearts On Fire, an internationally acclaimed US luxury jewellery brand, has further underpinned the Group’s stature as a diamond expert in the industry.


The Group has an extensive retail network comprising 2,270 Chow Tai Fook and Hearts On Fire points of sale spanning nearly 500 cities in Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States, as well as a strong and fast growing e-tail network through its Chow Tai Fook e-Shop and various e-tail accounts on other online shopping platforms.


The Group’s sophisticated vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw materials procurement, design and production to marketing and sales through its extensive POS and e-tail channels.


3.      About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (www.diarough.com)

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.


Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.


Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.


The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.


3.2 Gübelin Group (www.gubelin.com)

Since 1854, the name Gübelin has stood for the very highest standards in gemstones, jewellery and watches. With its selection of the most sought-after timepieces and jewellery of its own design, the family-run business is represented at all the prime locations in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zurich, Basel, Bern, St. Moritz, Lugano and Geneva. In 2013, Gübelin Jewellery established its presence in Hong Kong.


Besides the jewellery boutiques and the Gübelin Ateliers, the group has an Academy and a world-renowned Gemmological Laboratory. The Gübelin Gem Lab is one of the oldest and most respected institutions of its kind, relied on by dealers, auction houses, royal families and collectors since the 1920s.


3.3 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (www.israelidiamond.co.il)

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres and IDI works to enhance Israel’s position as a major trading and manufacturing hub.
IDI works to benefit Israel’s diamond industry in a variety of areas including:  marketing and PR, technological innovation, encouraging local manufacturing, training, and security consulting. IDI seeks out new markets for Israeli diamonds and develops existing ones.  As part of this effort, IDI organises industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, establishing Israeli Diamond Pavilions and sponsoring events at these shows.

            IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.


3.4 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (www.cnsde.com)

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange in China and provides diamond dealers a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry.


Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organisation and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses.


3.5 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (www.gdland.com.hk)

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.


The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.


GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.


4.      About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest trade show organiser in Asia and the largest commercial organiser in China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.


With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 21 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.


UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.