The JNA Conference: “From Inspiration to Innovation – The Designer’s Journey of Creativity” will be held during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2019 in Hong Kong, China.
The conference will take place on 19 September 2019 from 3 to 5 pm at Rooms S426 & S427 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. The JNA has assembled an impressive panel of esteemed jewellery designers and business leaders to share their perspectives on the subject.
The panel discussion, the first of its kind to be organised by JNA, will explore the inspired workings of the creative mind in order to foster artistry, profitability and best practices in the jewellery design community.
Alessio Boschi, Founder & Designer of Alessio Boschi Jewels, has been delighting the jewellery world with his exquisite and whimsical creations for over 20 years, associating with numerous Bangkok-based manufacturers to produce luxury jewellery sets for the global markets. He also launched the Alessio Boschi brand in 2010.
KGK Group Vice Chairman Sanjay Kothari steers the century-old group’s growth and continued expansion into new markets. The fourth-generation entrepreneur spearheaded KGK Group’s evolution throughout the gems and jewellery industry pipeline globally. Under his inspired leadership, KGK Group’s gem and jewellery business now span from mines to retail brands. Kothari also revamped the group’s IT, corporate identity and management operations to transform it into a globally renowned group with over 12,000 employees around the world.
Fei Liu, the Award-winning designer founded the brand Fei Liu Fine Jewellery, in 2006. Liu draws his inspiration from everyday life; seeing the intricate details and turning them into wearable jewels. Fei Liu Fine Jewellery embodies the designer’s aesthetic of colour, femininity and three-dimensional artistry.
Mana Matsuzaki graduated from Rikkyo University in Tokyo. She then pursued her love for the arts by studying at KIDI Parsons in Kanazawa and the Parsons School of Design in New York. Matsuzaki won The Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Prize in the JJA Jewellery Design Awards 2011, organised by the Japan Jewellery Association. In 2004, she received a degree in jewellery design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. LATREIA, her original contemporary fine jewellery collection, made its debut in 2006. In 2016, LATREIA held its 10th-anniversary exhibition at the Embassy of Belgium in Japan.
Sarah Zhuang has been taking the jewellery world by storm with her bespoke, multifunctional creations. Growing up in a family of jewellers, the Hong Kong designer was exposed to the ins and outs of the industry from a young age. Fuelled by her passion for jewellery design and craftsmanship, she obtained a design certificate from the Gemological Institute of America and a professional diploma from the Hong Kong Design Institute.
JNA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Christie Dang, who will moderate the panel discussion said: “We are extremely pleased to organise this engrossing session on jewellery design to help cultivate creativity and innovation in the international gem and jewellery trade. Our distinguished speakers have all successfully transformed their passion into acclaimed enterprises. This is thus a must-attend event for designers, entrepreneurs and industry stakeholders seeking to make their mark in the international market.
Sponsored by KGK Group, the JNA Conference 2019 is expected to attract professionals and amateur jewellery designers from around the world. It will be conducted in English and Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation.