Glimmers of Hope

As I write, there are murmurs around the country that perhaps we've seen the bottom of this economic decline and we're beginning to inch our way back up. Regardless, it looks like there will be rough times ahead in the job market, so we and our industry aren't out of the woods yet. If we do begin an economic renewal, it will certainly be a very exciting time. To have economic growth dovetail with the promise of technological breakthroughs such as online social networking will be a thrill. I've just come back from the American Gem Society's annual Conclave and found this year's session to be frank, honest, and encouraging. For the first time, non-AGS member retailers were allowed to attend. As a result, attendance was down just slightly (in the “new normal,” down slightly equals good), and there was fresh energy and new blood among those who came. I had the honor of moderating

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