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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

JNA Awards Unveils 16 Competitive Jewelry Industry Categories for 2015


The JNA Awards, the annual industry-wide event that honors innovators, leaders and outstanding enterprises of the international jewelry and gemstone industry with a focus on their contributions in Asia, has released its 16 award categories for 2015.

Organized by jewelry trade publication, Jewellery News Asia, JNA Awards 2015 will hold competitions in 16 categories. The number is unchanged from last year but the organizers said they made adjustments to encourage more companies and individuals to participate in the awards program.

The list of categories for 2015 is as follows:

* Lifetime Achievement Award
* 3 Decades of Excellence
* Brand of the Year - Retail
* Employer of the Year
* Industry Innovation of the Year
* Manufacturer of the Year - Coloured Gemstone Cutting & Polishing
* Manufacturer of the Year - Diamond Cutting & Polishing
* Manufacturer of the Year - Gem-Set Jewellery
* Manufacturer of the Year - Precious Metals-Only Jewellery
* Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - ASEAN Countries
* Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - India
* Outstanding Enterprise of the Year - Mainland China
* Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
* E-tailer of the Year
* Sustainability Initiative of the Year
* Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

Individuals or companies may submit their entries or may be nominated by others by completing the online application form available at the JNA awards website. Deadline for submissions will be midnight (Hong Kong time) April 30.

An international panel will judge the entries starting from May to mid-June. The shortlisted candidates will be announced on June 25 and will be feted together with the award recipients at the JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on September 17, during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2015.

“Entering the fourth year of the JNA Awards, we have broadened the categories to encourage the participation of a wider jewelry community,” said Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and director of Business Development - Jewellery Group at UBM Asia. “Specifically, we have expanded the scope in Innovation of the Year Award to include other business disciplines beyond the manufacturing sector. We welcome companies that are innovative in areas, including but not limited to, technologies, business models, product developments, marketing initiatives and gemological research to enter.”

She added “We have also reintroduced the 3 Decades of Excellence Award to honor companies with outstanding achievements and a long-term commitment to developing the industry.”

The 2015 JNA Awards is led by Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies, Shanghai Diamond Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited as Honoured Partners.

For more information about the event, visit www.JNAawards.com or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing 
UBM Asia (Hong Kong) 
+852 2516-1683
marketing@jnaawards.com

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