From the Publisher, July–August 2018: What a Terrific JCK Show!

I’m still recovering from the six-day marathon that is JCK Las Vegas, but I’m feeling great about the week and the industry! Despite this being a challenging year for trade shows around the world, JCK was a solid success. Of course, some exhibitors did better than others (typically those with new product lines, preset appointments, etc.), but overall the mood was positive. Beyond the buzz around the debut of De Beers’ new lab-grown diamond brand, Lightbox, retailers were talking about an improved economy, and exhibitors said those retailers who attended the show were truly there to buy. This year’s show held several highlights for me. Thursday night saw the 2018 edition of the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s annual Diamonds Do Good gala. Congratulations to DEF’s Nancy Orem Lyman on a great evening. On Friday, opening day of the show, it was my pleasure to be a part of the firs

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