A Cinderella Moment

(pdonahue@chilton.net) Did you ever wonder what one of the most prominent, powerful international jewelers is concerned about during these waning days of the 20th century? I received an inside peek in April when Robert Mouawad, for whom the new Gemological Institute of America campus is named, invited me to Geneva to complete an interview begun at the Basel Fair. Though I tried to remain the professional journalist, I must confess the whole experience left me feeling a bit like Cinderella. You’d think I’d have outgrown that by age 41, but I guess I still harbor hopes that one day my fairy godmother will wake up and notice I haven’t yet had my trip to the palace. My “coach” for the day was Mouawad’s private plane, in which he had traveled to the fair and was now using to return to his European headquarters. I wondered whether accepting his invitation to ride back with hi
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