Rio Tinto congratulates winners of the Jewellery News Asia Awards and announces 2013 sponsorship
25 September, 2012
Rio Tinto, headline sponsor of the inaugural Jewellery News Asia Awards has congratulated the 2012 JNA Awards recipients and confirmed its ongoing sponsorship in 2013.
In 2012 Rio Tinto joined industry leaders Chow Tai Fook, Robert Wan Tahiti, Israel Diamond Institute and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange as partners for the inaugural JNA awards. According to Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Chief Commercial Officer for Rio Tinto Diamonds,
“The JNA award recipients are a perfect example of the innovation and excellence that is possible in our industry. It was a pleasure to see such a diverse range of organizations and individuals being recognized for their focus on delivering the very best in their field.”
At the inaugural awards ceremony Jean-Marc Lieberherr presented the Brand of the Year award and acknowledged the importance of branding and market development in the Chinese market which has the potential to be the largest market for diamonds in the world within the next decade.
Letitia Chow, Founder of Jewellery News Asia and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, and the Chair of the judging panel said:
“Rio Tinto’s support for this event is extremely important. As a leading global supplier of diamonds they play an important role in promoting best practices in our industry. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Rio Tinto Diamonds.”
About Rio Tinto Diamonds
Rio Tinto has been in the diamonds industry for more than 30 years and operates a fully integrated diamond exploration, mining and sales and marketing business. Rio Tinto is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, a 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Africa and 100% interest in an advanced diamond project in India.
Rio Tinto’s diamonds are sold through its sales and marketing headquarters in Antwerp, with representative offices in New York, Mumbai and Hong Kong and a stand- alone pink diamond business in Perth, Western Australia. The production from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine is characterised by smaller, affordable diamonds ideally suited to creating fashion jewellery – affordable, daily wear diamond jewellery.
Rio Tinto Diamonds is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process as well as a founding member of the Council for Responsible Jewellery Practices.
About Rio Tinto Diamonds in China
Rio Tinto Diamonds has a long history of being “first movers” in establishing new markets and new categories of diamonds. Rio Tinto Diamonds objective is to channel a larger share of its diamond production to China by being present on the ground and investing in market development initiatives in partnership with customers and key players at all stages of the diamond jewellery value-chain.
Rio Tinto Diamonds has forged a strategic partnership with China’s premier diamond jewellery retailer, Chow Tai Fook focused on developing the diamond fashion jewellery market in Greater China.