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JNA Awards building a legacy of excellence

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left, foreground) and Navrattan Kothari of KGK Group, (right, foreground) at the launching ceremony of KGK’s diamond manufacturing facility in Russia


From left, Sanjay Kothari, vice chairman of KGK Group; Sergey Ivanov, president of Alrosa; Evgeny Polyansky, vice-governor of the Primorsky Territory; Vithal Ramani, partner and general director at KGK Group; Sandeep Kothari, managing director of KGK Group; and Yuri Okoyomov, vice president of Alrosa


KGK’s factory in Vladivostok


Jim Li, general manager of GDGJE, delivers a speech at ICA Congress


Models showcase fine jewellery pieces at a private viewing session held by GDGJE in September


The JNA Awards is once again teaming up with industry luminaries KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (GDGJE) and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd (GDLAND) who are returning as Honoured Partners for 2018.

The JNA Awards is once again teaming up with industry luminaries KGK Group, Guangdong Gems & Jade Exchange (GDGJE) and Guangdong Land Holdings Ltd (GDLAND) who are returning as Honoured Partners for 2018.

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, which has been championing the very best in the industry since its establishment nine decades ago, continues as a Headline Partner for the seventh consecutive year, while long-term Awards supporter Shanghai Diamond Exchange (SDE) joins the league of Headline Partners for the second year. 

The JNA Awards recognises and honours companies and individuals that exemplify excellence, leadership and innovation in the jewellery industry, with a focus on their contributions in Asia, and whose ideas and actions have impacted positive change in their businesses and communities. The JNA Awards statuette has come to represent an industry milestone or a career highlight to its recipients, and a lofty goal to those who aspire to build a true and lasting legacy for the next generation.

“The key aim of the JNA Awards is to promote best business practices and help advance the industry through the recognition of outstanding leadership, successful business strategies and innovative ideas in the jewellery and gemstone trade,” accordingly to Wolfram Diener, senior vice president of UBM Asia. “We are most grateful to our partners for sharing this mission with us and believing that together, we can make some positive influence on the trade.”

Letitia Chow, chairperson of the JNA Awards, founder of JNA and director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, added, “Nothing is more rewarding than working with partners who are passionately committed to raising the bar of excellence in an industry that has long been associated with love, purity and eternity. With our partners’ unwavering support, we are confident that the JNA Awards will continue to grow into a global awards programme that showcases stories of success and inspiration.”

KGK Group
Sanjay Kothari, vice chairman of the KGK Group, said his team could not have been prouder of their association with the JNA Awards.

A multinational corporation involved in the mining, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution of coloured gemstones, diamonds and jewellery, KGK has a vertically integrated mines-to-retail operations model, which provides it with distinct competitive advantages.

“KGK is passionate about quality and customer satisfaction. We strive to be recognised as a leading gemstone and jewellery company by providing exemplary service to our clients, and we reinforce our values every day through our people, our outstanding technical and business practices, and our work environment that embodies excellence and innovation,” Kothari explained.

“Our mission is to grow our market share, and we will accomplish this by expanding our network, strengthening our business alliances and continuously investing in R&D programmes. Innovation is central to remaining relevant and agile in a fast-changing world.”

One of KGK’s more recent significant investments is a high-tech diamond-cutting and polishing factory in Vladivostok. The facility’s inauguration was led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The 1,555-square-metre factory incorporates the latest and best diamond-cutting and polishing infrastructure, and employs 400 people. This advancement is yet another manifestation of the natural progression of KGK’s global manufacturing operations already spread across India, South Africa, Russia, Botswana and Namibia.

“Russia has been home to KGK for 13 years, and being a corporate citizen of the region, we understand its culture and people. At KGK, we see enormous potential in the Far East region of Russia, and we are committed to making it an outstanding hub for the diamond and jewellery business. We are already in discussion with our clients from the Asia Pacific who have shown interest in this region,” Kothari noted.

Jim Li, general manager of GDGJE, described it as a “great honour to once again collaborate with the JNA Awards and be an effective driver of positive change in the jewellery industry.”

Founded in February 2016, GDGJE is one of two provincial jewellery trading platforms authorised by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province. It has partnered with world-renowned jewellery brands in setting up an international supply chain integrated service platform that offers a secure and convenient trading experience for domestic and overseas jewellers.

“In 2018, GDGJE will continue to integrate itself into the national development initiative, ‘The Belt and Road,’ and the city development plan, ‘Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Area.’ We will seize opportunities to promote trade facilitation and a fair business environment, support the upgrade of our international jewellery trading platform, deepen exchanges and cooperation within the jewellery sector, actively establish a bridge of communication between China and the global jewellery industry, and promote the establishment of an integrated international jewellery industry service hub,” Li said.

GDGJE’s most recent achievements included facilitating the first batch of zultanite imports into China, organising coloured gemstone buyer-seller meetings, and deepening collaborations and partnerships with international trade associations. The exchange also delivered a presentation at the 17th International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Congress in Jaipur in October – China’s sole jewellery sector representative to do so.

In November, GDGJE, together with the Guangzhou Diamond Exchange, organised the Guangzhou International Jewelry and Diamond Conference 2017.

For Zhao Chunxiao, CEO of GDLAND, serving as an Honoured Partner of the JNA Awards for the fifth consecutive year is a privilege. Headquartered in Hong Kong, GDLAND is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd, and is a subsidiary of GDH Ltd, Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside mainland China. GDLAND’s flagship “Buxin Project” is anticipated to become the most advanced jewellery market in the world upon completion, according to the company. Located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, the planned centre will include a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities.

“The JNA Awards provides a professional exchange platform for jewellery industry players by integrating and highlighting game-changing thoughts and ideas. We hope to propel the further development and prosperity of the international jewellery and gemstone trade together with the awards,” Zhao said.