A Winter Whirl: February’s Letter From the Publisher of JCK Magazine

I've just completed the whirl that is "24 Karat weekend," three days of black-tie evenings, daytime luncheons, board meetings, and general merriment that revolve around the 24 Karat Club of New York's black-tie banquet in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. While it left me utterly exhausted, this was the most upbeat round of events in recent memory.The week kicked off with a brand-new event, the Diamond Empowerment Fund's (DEF's) first-ever Good Awards, given to four individuals and their companies for communicating the diamond industry's efforts to educate individuals in the African countries where diamonds are mined. Honorees included Varda Shine of the Diamond Trading Company, Edward Hrabak of Sterling Jewelers, Ivanka Trump of Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, and my dear friend Rebecca Foerster of Rio Tinto Diamonds. Victoria Gomelsky, group sales director Bill Furman, and I

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