Nicky Oppenheimer, chairman of De Beers Group, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Jewellery News Asia honoring his significant contribution to the global diamond business, particularly in Asia. He will be feted at the JNA Awards ceremony, September 20, at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
The JNA Awards is an industry event that honors and recognizes excellence and achievement in the jewelry trade. The event, the first of its kind in Asia, is organized by Jewellery News Asia of UBM Asia in collaboration with UBM Awards.
“His outstanding achievements with De Beers and the Diamond Trading Company have made him one of the key figures and leaders of the global diamond industry,” said Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and director of Business Development—Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and the chair of the JNA Awards judging panel. “His inspired guidance and outstanding leadership, has significantly contributed to the development of the diamond jewelry markets in China and India—the twin growth engines in Asia.”
“Throughout my time in the diamond industry, I have been immensely proud to witness the growth of the consumer's love affair with diamonds, nowhere more so than in the exciting markets across Asia,” said Oppenheimer, who is leaving the diamond industry as he and his whose family is finalizing the sale of De Beers to their longtime partner, Anglo American.
In other JNA Awards news, the KARP Group, an international polished diamond manufacturer and marketer of polished diamonds and diamond jewelry, is serving as a partner of the JNA Awards
The shortlisted honorees for the first nine categories of the JNA Awards were announced in June. The Wonder of the World category, which is open only to AsiaWorld-Expo exhibitors during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2012, will be accepting entries until August 21.
The JNA Awards 2012 is a ticketed event by application only. Interested parties may submit their request by logging on to www.JNAawards.com.
Jewellery News Asia, first published in 1983, is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia's Jewelry Group.
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