Five Years and Counting

Every June, this column looks at the significant events of the previous year. June, because it's The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas issue and the issue in which I took the reins as editor-in-chief five years ago. It seems like yesterday, but in terms of issues it's a long time. Totaling our titles, the JCK Publishing Group has produced more than 100 periodicals and 250 editions of our eMonday electronic newsletter—and that's not counting our special supplements, show guides, the Jewelers' Directory, and other products. Meanwhile, the industry has grappled with conflict diamonds, synthetic diamonds, HPHT treatments, beryllium-diffusion treatments, development of diamond cut grades, major changes at De Beers, ups and downs of the economy, war, terrorism, SARS, and much more. We've lost some great pillars of our industry, and recognized the contributions of others. We laughed with friends, we c

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