JNA Awards Presents 2016 Award Categories

Hong Kong: Celebrating its fifth anniversary next year, the JNA Awards, the jewellery and gemstone industry’s premier platform for recognizing innovative and high-achieving individuals and enterprises, has announced changes to its award categories in 2016.

The organizer of the event, JNA (Jewellery News Asia), has made adjustments to a few award categories to encourage greater participation from more regions and, at the same time, consolidate some categories that are judged against a similar set of criteria. In 2016, the JNA Awards will have 11 categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award – the recipient of which will be selected by the organizer.

The award categories for 2016 are as follows:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Brand of the Year – Retail
  • Industry Innovation/Sustainability Initiative of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year – Cutting & Polishing
  • Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
  • Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – ASEAN/Korea
  • Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – India
  • Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – Greater China
  • Retailer of the Year (450 outlets and below)
  • E-tailer of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Age 40 and below)

Of the above-mentioned list, the two Manufacturer of the Year categories have been broaden to encourage wider stakeholder involvement from the manufacturing sector. The scope of the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year categories has also been expanded to inspire companies from regions outside of the ASEAN and Mainland China to join the awards.

Letitia Chow, Founder of JNA, Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and Chair of the JNA Awards judging panel, said, “As the organiser, we challenge ourselves each year to improve the event and attract more qualified entries. We also listen to the voices of industry and respond to their feedbacks. A few categories that have similar judging criteria have been combined and will make these categories more competitive.

In addition, we have expanded the Outstanding Enterprise of the Year category to include companies in Korea and Greater China. Hence, companies in Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan have the opportunity to enter this category and share and showcase their best business practices. We are looking forward to welcoming an increasing number of high-quality individuals and companies to participate in the coming year.”

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, added, “UBM Asia is strongly encouraged by the growing prominence and influence of the JNA Awards in the jewellery and gemstone industry over the past four years. We look forward to organizing yet another very successful Awards programme in 2016.”

Since its inception in 2012, the JNA Awards has dedicated its efforts to promoting the achievements of industry stakeholders, raising industry standards and upholding best business practices.

The JNA Awards 2016 has Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as its Headline Partners, with Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI), Shanghai Diamond Exchange, and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) serving as Honoured Partners.

Stay tuned for further announcements on the judging criteria and online registration in early 2016. The period for submission of entries will run from March to April 2016.