JNA Awards continues to receive strong endorsement from industry leaders

Headline and Honoured Partners renew partnerships
2019-11-07 22:16 1628

HONG KONG, Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The JNA Awards is pleased to announce the renewal of partnerships with its Headline and Honoured Partners. The ninth edition of the JNA Awards in 2020 will continue to be supported by Headline Partners - Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group (CTF), Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) and Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), alongside Honoured Partners - KGK Group and China Gems & Jade Exchange (CGE).

The JNA Awards 2020 Partner Signing Ceremony was held during the 2019 JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on 17 September, where the partners pledged their support towards the 2020 JNA Awards.

Partners gathered to show support for the JNA Awards 2020. In the picture: L2: Peter Suen, Executive Director of CTF; R2: Caroline Yuan, Vice President of SDE; R3: Kenneth Scarratt, Consultant of DANAT; R1: Simon Chan, Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of CGE; L1: Abhishek Parekh, Executive Officer of KGK Group; accompanied by David Bondi, Senior Vice President - Asia of Informa Markets and Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards
Partners gathered to show support for the JNA Awards 2020. In the picture: L2: Peter Suen, Executive Director of CTF; R2: Caroline Yuan, Vice President of SDE; R3: Kenneth Scarratt, Consultant of DANAT; R1: Simon Chan, Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of CGE; L1: Abhishek Parekh, Executive Officer of KGK Group; accompanied by David Bondi, Senior Vice President - Asia of Informa Markets and Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards


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"Chow Tai Fook has been a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for nine consecutive years, sharing the Awards' mission to advance the jewellery industry through encouraging innovation and best practices. Collaborating closely with our fellow partners, we will continue to work towards facilitating a sustainable development for the jewellery industry," said Kent Wong, Managing Director of CTF.

Lin Qiang, President and Managing Director of SDE remarked, "Today, as the industry faces a string of challenges, it is all the more important that the JNA Awards continues to promote the jewellery industry and inspire optimism within the trade. It is a time for all the Awards' partners to work even more closely together to provide a stronger support to the programme. We believe that our joint efforts will lead to a fruitful 2020."

Letitia Chow, Chairperson of the JNA Awards and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at Informa Markets, expressed, "The continuous support of our partners is a testament to the importance and the growing influence of the JNA Awards in the jewellery industry. Together, we aim to make the event more inclusive and relevant, and bring out the positives and achievements in the trade."

"Quoting Henry Ford's famous words, 'If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.' It has been a few years since KGK started working together with the JNA Awards, the journey heretofore has been truly overwhelming, and I am confident that it will be as productive this year. The collaboration with the JNA awards has not only given us the opportunity to experience the industry's finest but has allowed us to contribute towards the betterment of the industry as well," shared Sanjay Kothari, Vice Chairman of the KGK Group.

Simon Chan, Co-Founder, Member of the Board and Executive Vice President of CGE added, "China Gems & Jade Exchange is extremely honoured to be able to partner with the JNA Awards. From here onwards, CGE will continue to work closely with the Awards to drive innovation and advancement within the gemstone industry, leaving a brilliant legacy for the future."

Organised by Informa Markets, the JNA Awards was founded in 2012 with the mission to promote excellence, best practices and innovation within the industry, and is regarded as one of the most prestigious and renowned awards programmes in the global jewellery and gemstone trade. Since its inception, the JNA Awards has recognised numerous outstanding companies and individuals for their accomplishments, thereby inspiring many in the jewellery industry to follow suit, contributing to the trade's advancement.

The JNA Awards 2019 Ceremony and Gala Dinner was successfully held on 17 September, with 16 Recipients being feted across 11 categories. More than 500 industry leaders and elites from across the globe attended the event. For the full list of Recipients, please visit the JNA Awards website here.

For more information, visit or contact:
JNA Awards Marketing
Informa Markets
+852 2516-2184

Notes for Editors:

1. About the Headline Partner

1.1 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (the "Group"; SEHK stock code: 1929) listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. The Group's vision is to become the most trusted jewellery group in the world.

Founded in 1929, the Group's iconic brand "CHOW TAI FOOK" is widely recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and is renowned for its product design, quality and value. A long-standing commitment to innovation and craftsmanship has contributed to the Group's success, along with that of its iconic retail brand, and has been embodied in its rich 90 year heritage. Underpinning this success are our long held core values of "Sincerity and Eternity".

The Group's multi-brand strategy comprises the ARTRIUM, JEWELRIA and CTF WATCH brands that are endorsed by the CHOW TAI FOOK master brand, in addition to other brands including HEARTS ON FIRE, T MARK, SOINLOVE and MONOLOGUE.

The Group's commitment to sustainable growth is anchored in its "Smart+" strategy, which is in place to promote long term innovation in the business, in people and in culture. Another asset underpinning sustainable growth is a sophisticated and agile business model. This supports the Group by fostering excellence and extending opportunities along the entire value chain to communities and industry partners across the world.

With an extensive retail network in Greater China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States, and a fast-growing e-commerce business, the Group is implementing effective online-to-offline ("O2O") strategies to succeed in today's omni-channel retail environment.

1.2 Shanghai Diamond Exchange (

Authorised by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange body 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.

1.3 Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones -- DANAT (

The Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (DANAT) was established in 2017, as an initiative of HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. DANAT was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom. DANAT evolved from the Pearl & Gem Testing Laboratory of Bahrain (the first laboratory of its kind in the region), which was established in 1990. It was formed to expand upon and enhance the excellent work of the laboratory, with the vision of becoming the world's preferred institute for natural pearl and gemstone third-party verification services and scientific research.

Currently, DANAT plays a vital role in protecting and enhancing the public's trust in pearls, gemstones and jewellery. With its offices located at the iconic Bahrain World Trade Centre, the facility aims to establish itself as the window into international markets, serving local and global clients, and bolstering the reputation of the Kingdom as a leading centre for pearl and gemstone expertise.

DANAT is an authority on industry standards, scientific knowledge and education, and is committed to the highest standards of professional and personal ethics. It is dedicated to supporting the pearl and gemstone industry and offers training programmes locally, regionally and internationally to a new generation of gemmologists, industry professionals and gemmology enthusiasts.

2. About the Honoured Partners

2.1 KGK Group (

The KGK Group was founded in 1905 by Kesrimal Kothari and Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India), to trade gemstones between India and Burma. With a global presence across 19 countries today, the privately held group has evolved into one of the most preferred brands in the gemstone and jewellery industry, with a vertically integrated operation. KGK is one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century. KGK Group has a resilient team of 12,000 employees with operations and offices in Asia, Australia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Having achieved an impeccable reputation in the gemstone, diamond and jewellery trade, the group has recently diversified into real estate.

2.2 China Gems & Jade Exchange (

China Gems & Jade Exchange (CGJE) is a national gem and jade trading platform approved by the State Council.

China Gems & Jade Exchange adheres to the principle of "Led by Technology, Develop with Innovation", and using the latest real-time traceability, big data, block chains, high-end intelligent technology to solve various bottlenecks in the development of the gemstone industry. At present, two platforms have been built, namely, gemstone trading service platform and intelligent supply chain service platform. CGJE has become the only international gemstone trading service platform with full process tracking service in the industry.

In line with the basic principles of " fairness, impartiality and openness", China Gems & Jade Exchange combines the concepts of "innovation, advancement and compliance" to provide high-quality and professional third-party supporting trade services for jewelry enterprises at home and abroad.

3. About Informa Markets (
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world's leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit

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