Jewellery World Awards honours industry leaders

The Jewellery World Awards (JWA) has unveiled its highly anticipated list of Recipients during a recently concluded gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai (JGT Dubai). Organised by Informa Markets Jewellery, JWA is the only business awards programme for the international jewellery industry that covers the whole supply chain from mines to market.

Letitia Chow, chairperson and founder of JWA at Informa Markets Jewellery remarked, “The jewellery industry has once again demonstrated its resilience and ability to adapt with what we witnessed at this year’s JWA. With the achievements and success stories shared by the recipients across the categories, we are inspired by their vision, innovative approach and thirst for excellence to move forward even in times of adversity. We are so honoured to recognise these achievements on this occasion.”

The evening’s highest accolade was given to Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Navrattan Kothari, who has shown compassionate and driven leadership in the past six decades. Aside from transforming his family business into a global conglomerate, he has also been dedicated to supporting the local communities where the KGK Group operates in.

This year’s JWA Recipients for the nine categories are:

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award
    Navrattan Kothari
  2. Brand of the Year – Retail
    Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, Hong Kong
  3. Industry Innovation of the Year –
    Diamonds On Call Limited, Hong Kong
    Emerald Jewel Industry India Limited, India
    Picup Media, Hong Kong
    Shenzhen Link Gold Technology Co Ltd, China
  4. Manufacturer of the Year – Diamond
    KGK Group, Hong Kong
  5. Manufacturer of the Year – Jewellery
    Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company, Vietnam
  6. Outstanding Enterprise of the Year – APAC
    CHJ Jewellery, China
    YLG Bullion Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore
  7. Outstanding Small Enterprise of the Year (50 full-time employees and below)
    Brilliant Cuts Pvt Ltd, Sri Lanka
  8. Outstanding ESG Performance of the Year
    Shenzhen Xingguangda Jewelry Industrial Co Ltd, China
  9. Young Entrepreneur of the Year (age 40 and below)
    Do Minh Duc, DOJI Gold & Gems Group JSC, Vietnam
    Joyee Zhao, BOJEM, China

James Courage, one of the principal judges of the awards said, “Judging from the participants’ responses and initiatives, one can say that the industry continues to push the boundaries in order to safeguard the welfare of its employees and satisfy its customers — even in the harshest conditions. Their ability to innovate, adapt and meet the market’s needs is testament to our Honourees’ resilience, passion, drive and humanity.”

Albert Cheng, also a principal judge added, “In the past 18 months, all our Honourees showcased resiliency, flexibility and rapid digitisation to battle the negative effects of COVID-19. On behalf of the judging panel, I salute all of the Recipients who have succeeded in these unprecedented times.

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group (CTF), said, “We are honoured and proud to be a Headline Partner of the JWA for 10 straight years. We look forward to collaborating with our peers and driving the industry towards more milestones and achievements in the future.”

Lin Qiang, President & Managing Director of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE), who also served as one of the judges noted, “The global jewellery industry is clearly recovering from the effects of the pandemic. The Chinese diamond business, for one, had a robust rebound. Such growth largely results from the unremitting efforts made by our colleagues in the industry. The JWA continues to serve its purpose as a stage for celebrating these achievements and more.

JWA is supported by Headline Partners CTF and SDE, as well as Honoured Partners KGK Group and Guangdong GD Land Group Limited. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai (JGT Dubai), jointly organized by Informa Markets Jewellery and the Italian Exhibition Group, is supported by an official partner, DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre).

About the Headline Partner

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (the “Group”; SEHK stock code: 1929) was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011. The Group’s vision is to become the most trusted jewellery group in the world.

Founded in 1929, the Group’s iconic brand “CHOW TAI FOOK” is widely recognized for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and is renowned for its product design, quality and value. A long-standing commitment to innovation and craftsmanship has contributed to the Group’s success, along with that of its iconic retail brand, and has been embodied in its rich 90-year heritage. Underpinning this success are our long-held core values of “Sincerity • Eternity”.

The Group’s differentiation strategy continues to make inroads into diverse customer segments by catering to a bespoke experience for different lifestyles and personalities, as well as customers’ different life stages. Offering a wide variety of products, services and channels, the Group’s brand portfolio comprises the CHOW TAI FOOK flagship brand, with curated retail experiences including ARTRIUM and JEWELRIA, and other individual brands including HEARTS ON FIRE, ENZO, SOINLOVE and MONOLOGUE.

The Group’s commitment to sustainable growth is anchored in its customer-centric focus and strategies, which are in place to promote long term innovation in business, in people and in culture. Another asset underpinning sustainable growth is a sophisticated and agile business model. This supports the Group by fostering excellence and extending opportunities along the entire value chain to communities and industry partners across the world.

With an extensive retail network in Greater China, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia and the United States, and a fast-growing e-commerce business, the Group is implementing effective online-to-offline (“O2O”) strategies to succeed in today’s omnichannel retail environment.

Shanghai Diamond Exchange

Authorized by the State Council, the Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) is the only diamond exchange body in China; and provides diamond dealers with a fair and safe transaction venue under close supervision. It also enjoys a favourable taxation policy and is operated in accordance with international best practices of the diamond industry. 

Established in 2000, the SDE is a non-profit, self-regulating membership organization and a member of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses. 

About the Honoured Partners

KGK Group

The KGK Group was founded in 1905 by Kesrimal Kothari and Ghisilal Kothari of Jaipur (India), to trade gemstones between India and Burma. With a global presence across 15 countries today, the privately held group has evolved into one of the most preferred brands in the gemstone and jewellery industry, with a vertically integrated operation.

KGK is one of the few conglomerates covering the entire spectrum of mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery for over a century. KGK Group has a resilient team of 12,000 employees with operations and offices in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa. Having achieved an impeccable reputation in the gemstone, diamond and jewellery trade, the group has recently diversified into real estate.

Guangdong Land (Shenzhen) Ltd 

Guangdong Land (Shenzhen) Ltd (GD Land (Shenzhen)) is an indirect subsidiary of GDH Limited, the largest conglomerate from the Guangdong Province that operates outside of Mainland China. Headquartered in Hong Kong, GD Land (Shenzhen) is the listed company of GD Holdings for its HOPSCA business. It has been listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited with stock code: 00124 since 1997.

GD Land (Shenzhen) currently has a number of upscale projects in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, including Guangzhou Riverside Garden, Guangzhou Ruyingju, Guangzhou Laurel House, Guangzhou Panyu Wanbo CBD Project, Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town Project, Foshan Nanhaiheshun Project and its flagship project, the Shenzhen GDH City.

The GDH City, a landmark HOPSCA comprised of grade-A office buildings, and experiential shopping mall of around 120,000 m2, a brewery heritage art street, a versatile space of 37-69 m2 and quality apartment buildings. Situated in Shuibei Buxin Business Circle in Shenzhen, the most sophisticated and largest centre for gold and jewellery trade in the country, the GDH City enjoys instant access to rich natural resources and an expansive transportation network. Indeed, GDH City allows one to enjoy fully everything it has to offer.

About Informa Markets Jewellery

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our global jewellery vertical, Informa Markets Jewellery, offers in-person and web-based sourcing experiences, digital solutions and dedicated B2B platforms that bring international buyers and quality sellers together in the fine jewellery, gemstone, and fashion jewellery and accessories markets.

Our resources, industry experience, influence and focus as a partner are enhanced by our global jewellery portfolio that includes the industry’s No. 1 B2B jewellery marketplace – Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong; a powerful digital platform – JewelleryNet; a dedicated Jewellery Media team; an education-based programme – Jewellery & Gem Knowledge Community, and one of the industry’s most prestigious awards programmes – the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

Source: JWA Marketing


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