7966; Peter Laetsch, president. Founded in 1948 to promote Swiss-made watches, the center is the U.S. office of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry, based in Switzerland. It provides information and assistance on Swiss-made watches and clocks to retailers, watchmakers, importers and the consumer. Membership: 550 manufacturers. Exhibits at The JCK Show in Las Vegas, June 1998, at The Sands Exposition & Convention Center. Gemological Institute of America, 5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (800) 421-7250, (760) 603-4000, fax (760) 603-4080. Also 580 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10036; (212) 221-5858, fax (212) 575-3095. Richard T. Liddicoat, chairman; William E. Boyajian, president, headquartered at Carlsbad office. GIA is the nonprofit education, research and information resource for the international gem and jewelry industry. Since 1931, GIA has provide

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