Award recognises fresh approach to jewellery

Last updated 05:00 12/10/2012

Relevant offers


Job listings on Seek spike in September as big retailers open stores Milk powder scam raises questions about Fonterra, expert says Bitter lesson for investors as Wynyard calls in administrators AJ Hackett to open new "world's highest bungy" - in China New York enacts restrictions on Airbnb, with fines of up to $10,000 Court action on 'shonky' steel mesh creates pressure for government inquiry Female lawyers charge-out rates lag behind their male colleagues Weight Watchers campaign joins list of PR blunders Opportunist builders, dodgy steel and shonky standards create new building crisis 'worse than leaky homes' Troubled property developer Augustine Lau taken to court for toilets emptying into stream

Wellington jewellery company co-founder Chris Benham has won an international award for leadership in the industry.

He was named Young Leader of the Year at the JNA (Jewellery News Asia) 2012 Awards.

Benham, 30, co-founded diamond jewellery design company The Inspired Collection with The Village Goldsmith's Ian and Christine Douglas in 2009.

It now has contracts in North America, across Australasia and a distribution deal with Chinese bridal jewellery retailers Hiersun that will stock its rings in 300 stores.

He also led the business in launching its placeholder engagement ring business Wilshi, pronounced "will she?", which sells in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Cook Islands.

Benham said it was humbling to receive the award, which was presented to him in an event at the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.

"I am very passionate about the jewellery industry and in particular creating a company that is known globally for its fresh innovative approach to jewellery design.

"This award reflects the work of the entire Inspired Collection team's fresh approach to jewellery design. We've been trading less than three years and already we've had terrific success all over the world."

The awards, organised by London Stock Exchange-listed UBM Asia, promote and recognise excellence in Asia's jewellery and gem industry.

Ad Feedback


Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content