Global Perspectives

Laurence Graff, one of the world’s leading jewelers, once remarked that money never goes away, it just moves around. Indeed, the “movement of money”—specifically that which is spent on jewelry—was the focus of a session titled “Business Perspectives: Charting the Globe,” held during the GIA Symposium, Aug. 27–29. A panel discussion moderated by Anna Martin, senior vice president and the New York regional manager of ABN AMRO Bank’s International Diamond & Jewelry Group, featured industry leaders from Europe, Japan, India, and Dubai. The session highlighted issues faced by emerging markets versus declining markets. Yasukazu Suwa, G.G., president of Suwa & Son Inc., a 98-year-old gem and jewelry business based in Tokyo, presented the view from Japan, one of the markets that’s seen its position in global jewelry consumption decline. Suwa, also a noted gemolo
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