Letter From the Editor: June 2020

What. A. Year. We began working on this issue in January, six months and a lifetime ago. Many jewelers had just come off an extremely ­successful 2019 and brimmed with optimism for the year ahead. Then came the new coronavirus. I’ve watched the ­catastrophe unfold from my home in Los Angeles. As of this writing, I haven’t been directly affected by COVID-19, but I’ve grieved for the families who have lost loved ones, and ­agonized over the millions of Americans worried about putting food on the table. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also concerned about the fate of our industry. While I have no doubt that people’s desire for jewelry will endure this (and every) crisis, businesses can be surprisingly fragile. There’s so much talk in the public sphere about our local restaurants and bars—will they ­survive? But what about our local jewelers? We’re doing our best t

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