LAS VEGAS LEADS NATION'S GROWTH Las Vegas was the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation during the early 1990s, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The population grew by nearly 14% to just under 1 million between April 1, 1990, and July 1, 1992. The nation's gambling capital also has become a hot spot for the jewelry industry with the launch of the JCK International Jewelry Show there in 1992, a new Jewelers International Showcase in 1994 and the brand-new United Jewelers Expo this month, not to mention the American GemSociety's move from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 1993.The Chamber of Commerce has no statistics on the number of new retail jewelers in the past few years, but established jewelers note a definite increase. What's the attraction? Part of it is the booming resort industry. And part of it is an influx of Californians who "sold their houses an

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