|New judges for the JNA Awards. From left: Lin Qiang, Biju Patnaik, Hidetaka Kato and Vichai Assarasakorn.|
The final judges for the JNA Awards have been selected and the deadline for entries has been extended due to demand, said Jewellery News Asia, organizer of the inaugural event.
The awards, an industry-wide event that honors and recognizes excellence and achievement in the Asian jewelry trade, are open for entries until May 21. Interested parties may obtain details on the categories, rules of entry, judging criteria and judging process on the JNA Awards website.
The new members of the judging panel are: Lin Qiang, president and managing director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange; Biju Patnaik, regional head, Asia, International Diamond & Jewellery Group, ABN AMRO Group; Hidetaka Kato, honorary dean of the Tokyo Diamond Exchange; and Vichai Assarasakorn, secretary general of The Thai Chamber of Commerce & Board of Trade of Thailand.
With the new appointments, the panel is now comprised of eight of the most recognized names in the global gemstone and jewelry industry. The new judges join Albert Cheng, managing director, World Gold Council—Far East; James Courage, CEO, Platinum Guild International UK Ltd; Matthew Runci, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jewelers of America; and Wilson Yuen, president, International Colored Gemstone Association
“To receive support from such recognized names is an encouraging sign of the guaranteed success of our inaugural event,” said Letitia Chow, founder of Jewellery News Asia and director of Business Development—Jewellery Group at UBM Asia. “The high number of entries, urging us to extend the entries' deadline to 21 May, is also a good indication of the excellent feedback received from the industry.”
The awards ceremony and gala dinner will be held on September 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The event, the first of its kind in Asia, is organized by Jewellery News Asia of UBM Asia in collaboration with UBM Awards.
Rio Tinto, Chow Tai Fook, Robert Wan Tahiti, Israel Diamond Institute and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange are the leading partners for the event.