JNA Conference


The inaugural JNA Conference charts jewellery designers’ fascinating creative process from mind to market. Taking place on the sidelines of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2019, it aims to explore the inspired workings of the creative mind to encourage best practices in the jewellery design community. 

Join us for an insightful discussion on artistry, imagination and profitability in jewellery design.

Topic: “From Inspiration to Innovation – The Designer’s Journey of Creativity”
Date: 19 September 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue: Rooms S426 & S427, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Language: English & Mandarin (with simultaneous interpretation)

Hear from leading creative minds in the industry on:
•    Developing one’s design voice
•    Balancing signature aesthetics with profitability
•    Winning over today’s generation of consumers


Our Speakers (in alphabetical order)


Alessio Boschi
Founder & Designer
Alessio Boschi Jewels


Alessio Boschi has been delighting the jewellery world with his exquisite and whimsical creations for over 20 years. Following several industry collaborations in Europe and Asia including working with Bangkok-based manufacturers to produce luxury jewellery sets for the Middle East, American, Asian and European markets; creating more commercial designs to reach a larger international audience; and working as Design Director in Australia for one of the world’s largest pearl companies, he launched the Alessio Boschi brand in 2010.




Sanjay Kothari 
Vice Chairman
KGK Group


Sanjay Kothari is the Vice Chairman of the KGK Group. Based in Hong Kong, the fourth-generation entrepreneur drives the century-old group’s growth and continued expansion into new markets. 
Over the last 30 years, Kothari has spearheaded KGK Group’s evolution into a multinational conglomerate with a presence throughout the gems and jewellery industry pipeline. His first initiative was the establishment of diamond manufacturing services in Mumbai, India in 1986. Since then, he has developed many verticals, including international sales and marketing, jewellery manufacturing, gemstone mining, jewellery retailing and real estate. 
Under his inspired leadership, acute business acumen and entrepreneurial enthusiasm, KGK Group’s gems and jewellery business now spans 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
Founder & Designer
Fei Liu Fine Jewellery


Internationally acclaimed Fei Liu Fine Jewellery was founded in 2006 by award-winning designer Fei Liu. Liu’s bespoke masterpieces are desired by clients around the world. His vivid and striking creations have also gained him numerous international honours. Liu’s eponymous brand is a fusion of his Eastern heritage and experience in the west. He draws his inspiration from everyday life; seeing the intricate details and turning them into a wearable jewel. Most recently, Liu was shortlisted as Professional Jeweller’s Jewellery Designer of the Year 2019. With every piece, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery embodies Liu’s aesthetic of colour, femininity and three-dimensional artistry.




Mana Matsuzaki
Matsuzaki Inc


The child of two dedicated jewellery designers, 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. 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. Matsuzaki won the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Prize in the JJA Jewellery Design Awards 2011, organised by the Japan Jewellery Association. In 2016, LATREIA held its 10th anniversary exhibition at the Embassy of Belgium in Japan. Matsuzaki was featured in Ryo Yamaguchi’s book, “Top Jewellers of Japan,” as well as in the “Fine Jewelry Couture: Contemporary Heirlooms” coffee table book by Olivier Dupon that showcases trendsetting designers around the world.




Sarah Zhuang
Founder & Designer
Sarah Zhuang Jewellery


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. She further honed her skills by studying at the Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy. 
Zhuang started designing bespoke pieces in 2013. Four years later, she launched her brand, Sarah Zhuang Jewellery, which combines aesthetics and functionality in contemporary and vibrantly versatile bejewelled collections. Her creative wonders have won her numerous accolades and cemented her reputation as one of Hong Kong’s most innovative and promising young designers. 




Moderator: Christie Dang, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, JNA


Our Sponsor




KGK Group
The foundation of global conglomerate KGK Group was laid in 1905 with the trading of gemstones. Since then, it has ardently followed a path of natural progression, attaining multi-dimensional growth across 18 countries. The group has always been consistent in its attentive expansion benefitting the industry as a whole. As a result, it has achieved the vertically integrated standing of mines-to-brands in the gems and jewellery industry and offers considerable competitive advantage. 

With years of hard work and foresight, KGK now shares direct benefits with its patrons, forging lasting relationships. A critical understanding of the region’s business dynamics, primary resources, local infrastructure, talent pool, growth prospects and many other critical indicators has assisted KGK in its successful expansion. Its indomitable geographical growth has reaped multi-dimensional benefits, gaining a competitive edge for inclusive growth. 

Committed to giving back to the people and communities that make its endeavours possible, the group supports various benevolent initiatives aimed at making a difference in the lives of marginalised communities. Also, the group is increasingly addressing gender equality and diversity as part of its healthy business practices and performance. Its concentrated effort ensures that all initiatives are inclusive, transparent and thus sustainable.

JNA is the leading business resource on the international jewellery industry. The flagship publication of Informa Markets’ Jewellery Group, the bimonthly, bilingual trade magazine delivers the most relevant, incisive and useful market information on the gem and jewellery industry around the world. JNA’s integrated thought-leadership portfolio includes a stable of sectoral publications, digital products and platforms such as, content marketing services and insightful industry events. 

The JNA Conference is a high-level, influential forum that discusses pressing issues and trends shaping the international gem and jewellery landscape. Featuring leading market experts, it aims to foster dialogue and the exchange of ideas, examine avenues of growth, and cultivate best practices in the international jewellery industry. 

For more information, please contact:
Olivia Quiniquini
Marketing & Communications Manager – Jewellery Media
Informa Markets
E: [email protected]
T: +852 2516 1630