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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

JNA Awards Honors Excellence In The Asian Jewelry Industry

JNA Awards winners and sponsors

A total of 14 companies and individuals were honored during the JNA Awards ceremony, held Wednesday at the InterContinental Hong Kong. They were among the 28 companies recognized at the event.

Organized by JNA (Jewellery News Asia), the awards recognize and celebrate companies and individuals whose passion for excellence, innovation and outstanding business performance has helped shape the growth and development of Asia's jewelry industry.

Shouzui Yasui, Chief Executive Officer of Yasui & Co, was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award—one of the highest honors in the global jewelry and gemstone industry and the most esteemed tribute conferred by the JNA Awards. Yasui's casting solutions, starting from the wax injector, were seen as pivotal in the mass production of jewelry, which consequently made jewelry accessible and affordable to many.

The 14 award recipients across 10 categories are as follows:

1. Brand of the Year -- Retail
Hiersun Industrial Co Ltd - I Do - China

2. Industry Innovation/Sustainability Initiative of the Year
Shenzhen Batar Investment Holding Group Co Ltd -- China
Shenzhen Foreway Jewellery Group Co Ltd -- China
Shenzhen Ganlu Jewellery Co Ltd -- China
Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd -- China

3. Manufacturer of the Year-- Cutting & Polishing
Kiran Gems Pvt Ltd -- India
RMC Gems India Ltd -- India

4. Manufacturer of the Year -- Jewellery
PANDORA Production Co Ltd -- Thailand

5. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- ASEAN 
Soo Kee Group -- Singapore

6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year -- India
Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt Ltd -- India

7. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
KGK Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd -- Hong Kong SAR

8. Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
Beijing Cai Shi Kou Department Store Co Ltd -- China

9. E-tailer of the Year
China Stone Co Ltd -- Thailand

10. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)
Ms Wang Zhuo, Shenzhen Sunfeel Jewelry Co Ltd -- China

Warren Mok, an internationally acclaimed tenor, was the featured performer for the event, which was held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

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Reena Ahluwalia To Unveil The Aaron Shum Coronet Portrait Painting At Hong Kong Jewelry Fair

The Coronet portrait painting

Hong Kong based diamond jewelry company, Aaron Shum, is collaborating with award-winning Canadian jewelry designer and diamond painter, Reena Ahluwalia, in launching the Coronet portrait painting.

The parties will unveil the painting Thursday at the Aaron Shum Jewelry booth (HKCEC Hall#1C402, C404, C501, C503) during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

“Her unprecedented talent in jewelry design and diamond painting is surely going to bring many new exciting elements to the industry,” said Aaron Shum, the founder of the eponymous diamond jewelry company.

The Coronet portrait is a highly detailed acrylic-painting on a 48” x 48” canvas completed in 45 days. The painting embraces the grand solitaire effect accomplished by Coronet and depicts the refractive trait of the patented setting. 

“Having long admired Aaron Shum as an innovator and creator of the Coronet, I am thrilled to collaborate with Aaron Shum Jewelry on two of my passions – jewelry design innovation and diamond storytelling through my paintings,” Ahluwalia said. 

Reena Ahluwalia

In addition to the Coronet portrait painting, the booth will feature seven art pieces from Ahluwalia’s Diamond Portrait Series and the Diamond Portal Series in Hong Kong for the very first time, including three of her latest creations: "Heart of Gold," "Pure Heart" and "Passionate Heart." The parties also will announce a jewelry design collaboration which will be launched in Vicenza Oro 2017.

Coronet is the signature brand of Aaron Shum Jewelry. With its worldwide patented design, each piece of Coronet made from seven diamonds set with no prongs holding the center diamond, along with precision of cut, symmetry and polish, which attribute to the best fit proportion to conceiving a luminous solitaire diamond effect yet at exceptionally competitive value. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Georg Jensen Uses Women Role Models In New Ad Campaign

Iranian professional motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei

Danish design house Georg Jensen turned to five female role models to head its new campaign with the tagline, “You can never be too much you.”

The global video and print campaign encourages women to be themselves and to chart their own path to success. This values-driven approach is the vision of Eva-Lotta Sjostedt, who was appointed the first female CEO of Georg Jensen earlier this year and today leads the senior management team, where half its members are female, including Meeling Wong, U.S. President. 

World champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus

“At Georg Jensen we’ve always encouraged women to be themselves and make their own success. Our campaign is the extension of that very philosophy and the women featured are the embodiment of that,” Sjöstedt said.

Award-winning chef Dominique Crenn

The role models featured in the campaign are: award-winning film director Susanne Bier (Denmark), WBA, WBC and WBO world champion welterweight boxer Cecilia Brækhus (Norway), award-winning comedian Sarah Kendall (Australia), professional motocross rider Behnaz Shafiei (Iran) and Michelin star chef Dominique Crenn (USA). 

Award-winning comedian Sarah Kendall

What these women have in common is they defied conventions and rose to the tops of their professions, the global design firm said in a statement.

Award-winning film director Susanne Bier

The campaign is the product of creative agency Forsman & Bodenfors and award-winning director Lærke Herthoni. In addition, the company says it reflects a company influenced by men and women—from the master silversmith Georg Jensen’s wife Laura and daughter Lise who were part of the early business to female designers such as Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe, Nina Koppel and Zaha Hadid who have collaborated with the design house over the years.

“We wanted this campaign to transcend ideals about beauty,” Sjöstedt said. “The women featured are powerful role models.” 

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The Hong Kong Jewelry Fair Begins

The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair opened Tuesday at AsiaWorld-Expo. AWE houses the raw materials section of the September Fair. The fine jewelry section, meanwhile, will open on September 15 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). 

Celebrating its 34th edition, the September Fair hosts more than 3,600 exhibitors from 55 countries and regions. Fair organizer UBM Asia expects about 58,000 buyers from around the world to create active traffic in the two venues. 

Among the highlights of the Hong Kong fair include:

* Exhibition space in the two venues totals more than 135,000 square meters.

* Debut of the Myanmar and Portugal Pavilions. The new additions bring to 24 the number of group pavilions in the two venues. 

* The single largest showcase of Hong Kong jewelry, with more than 1,250 Hong Kong companies participating in the two venues, accounting for around 35 percent of exhibitors.

* Once again the fair is home to the world’s largest diamond pavilion, with around 500 diamond companies, and Asia’s biggest gemstone marketplace, with more than 750 gemstone companies.

* New exhibitors from Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), French Polynesia and the Republic of Vanuatu are participating.
* ALROSA, Russia’s diamond company and the world’s biggest diamond miner by volume, is hosting its diamond auction at the Fair from September 13 to 17 at AWE. Admission is by invitation only.

* Two international pearl auctions, the 68th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction and the 59th Paspaley Pearl Auction, will also be held by invitation during the fair.

* The “Declaration Program on Exhibits of Natural Diamond”, is being introduced at this edition. Participants in the program will have on display at their booths a “Declaration Program on Exhibits of Natural Diamond” poster, which will demonstrate clearly to buyers that diamonds from these exhibitors are natural. This program provides an easier and quicker way for buyers to make an informed decision when purchasing diamonds. Participants in the program are members of global diamond trade organizations, including the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, the Antwerp World Diamond Center, Belgium and the Israel Diamond Institute. The diamond exhibitors will be housed in Halls 5, 7, 9 and 11 at AWE. 

* Since June 2012, the Trade Buyer ID has enjoyed warm reception from our esteemed buyers from around the world. Beginning at this edition of the September Fair, holders of the Trade Buyer ID can enjoy up to 25 percent discount on dining privileges at participating restaurants. Buyers simply need to present the Trade Buyer ID to enjoy this privilege. 

Despite challenging economic conditions in some parts of the world, consumer confidence in China and the rest of Asia remains steady, according to the Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions, Markets. The region’s confidence score reached or exceeded 100 points in the second quarter of 2016, the survey said. Countries surveyed in Asia included the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Thailand.

The continued healthy growth of the Asian market, particularly China, is not lost on players in the jewelry industry. According to Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia, more internationally renowned organizations and laboratories are establishing their presence in the China market. 

“They partner with local authorities to hold seminars, set up scholarships and share knowledge about the latest technologies in the industry. They believe there is room for growth in the China market so they are establishing their brands here through these activities,” Lau said. 

Over the last decade, the September fair has served as a bridge to tap into China’s lucrative market. As the preeminent jewelry fair for the industry, the fair provides the greatest product range not only for Chinese buyers but also for buyers from around the world. 

“The Fair is not only an effective marketplace and platform to tap into the Asian markets, but also functions as a ‘filter’ as only serious buyers and exhibitors will attend world-class fairs like the September Fair,” Lau said. “A fair of this caliber offers tremendous value to both exhibitors and buyers. It also provides easy access to some of the industry’s most reputable vendors, thus helping the industry to continue to grow.” 

To bring in more buyers from robust markets, UBM Asia has enhanced visitor promotion in certain markets. As a result, 24 buyer delegations from the mainland China are visiting this edition. Overseas delegates from Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Russian Federation and Vietnam are also coming.

The Hong Kong Premier Pavilion features around 30 of the city’s outstanding jewelry companies and their brands. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the exquisitely crafted jewelry collections that reflect the very best of Hong Kong’s jewelry manufacturing traditions. The pavilion is located in Halls 1D & E of HKCEC.

The International Premier Pavilion is a destination for the trendy. Located in Halls 3B & C of HKCEC, the pavilion houses a select group of over 50 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, namely Belgium, mainland China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The Fine Design Pavilion hosts 76 internationally renowned jewelrs in the Grand Hall of HKCEC. They will showcase exquisite jewelry set with luxurious and rare diamonds, gemstones and pearls, as well as top-quality bejeweled watches, valuable masterpieces, and exclusive jewels from around the world.

The Fine Gem Pavilion is dedicated to the world’s finest loose diamonds, pearls and gemstones. Located in Hall 9 of AWE, 54 esteemed exhibitors will showcase a variety of high-quality loose gems.

The Fair press conference will be held on September 15 at 11 a.m. in meeting rooms S226 – S227 of HKCEC. Heads of jewelry associations will share their views on the developments in the jewelry trade. The Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, Wolfram Diener, will announce the latest developments in UBM Asia’s jewelry fairs portfolio.

A Welcome Reception organized by UBM Asia will be held on September 15 at 6:30pm at the Grand Foyer of HKCEC. 

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The 14th Hong Kong Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair Opens

The 14th edition of Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair – September opened its doors Tuesday and will run till September 16 at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong. 

The show houses around 400 exhibitors from 14 countries and regions in 11,360 square meters of exhibition space. More than 80 percent of the exhibitors are from overseas; among them are companies from mainland China, Italy, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, UK, USA, Hong Kong and Taiwan regions. More than 6,600 buyers are expected to visit over the four-day period.

The event features several attractions, including five group pavilions, representing mainland China, India, Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan region. The popular Stainless Steel Jewellery Pavilion has around 40 suppliers.

Teaming up with the editors of AFJA Review, "Editor’s Choice" is a new addition to the fair. Exhibitors’ products, selected by the editors, are displayed under four categories—stainless steel, natural materials, crystals and semiprecious stones, and pearls and imitation pearls. This special display presents visitors inspired choices and up-and-coming trends. 

“The launch of Editor’s Choice is a result of feedback from buyers and part of our effort to enhance attractions at 9FJ,” said Ms Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at UBM Asia Ltd. “September is a prime time for stocking for the holidays and sourcing for Spring/Summer 2017 collections,” Lau continued. “And with 9FJ being held alongside the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, buyers can tap opportunities in two shows, in one trip.” 

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Tiffany Names Mark Erceg As CFO

Tiffany & Co. appointed Mark Erceg as its executive vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for the company's worldwide financial, indirect procurement and information technology functions.

Erceg, 47, will be based in New York and will report to Frederic Cumenal, Tiffany CEO. His appointment will become effective on October 18. He replaces Tiffany's former chief financial officer who left the Company in May to pursue another position with a different company.

Erceg was previously employed at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., where he has served as executive VP and CFO since May 2015. From 2010 - 2015, he was the CFO for Masonite International Corp. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1992 where, over 18 year period, he served in positions of increasing responsibility in finance, market strategy, customer response, general management and global investor relations.

"Mark brings an operational process orientation and a broad financial, international and consumer brands background to Tiffany," Cumenal said in a statement issued Tuesday. "As the new leader of our multi-talented finance, procurement and information technology organizations, his varied experience and global perspective will be important as we continue to work toward strengthening Tiffany's luxury brand position around the world and enhancing our profitability and productivity." 

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Contest: Select New Name For Jewelry News Network And Win ‘Treasures in Gold’

We are renaming Jewelry News Network and we want you to have the chance to create the new name. 

If your submission is used you will receive the book, “Treasures in Gold: Masterpieces of Jewelry from Antiquity to Modern Times,” edited by Gianni Guadalupi. It is at least a $30 value.

This book spotlights the art of the goldsmith through history starting with the opulent gilded tombs and grave goods of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Organized chronologically, the book goes on to trace precious works from subsequent epochs, unveiling the masterpieces that epitomize the craftsmanship of each, as well as presenting a fascinating documentation of the beliefs, values, and societal structure of each civilization. Concluding with a chapter on Cartier, the master jeweler. 

Jewelry News Network is a blog and social media destination dedicated to covering the art, design and craftsmanship of jewelry and watches and the business behind the beauty. It provides a look behind-the-scenes of the international watch and jewelry industry and shares many of its secrets. 

When submitting the new name for our website be sure to take this into account. Send your submission to renamejnn@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing your entries. 

Good Luck, 

Anthony DeMarco
Jewelry News Network Founder