Learning and Feeling Mark AGS Conclave

The 2002 American Gem Society Conclave, held April 24-28 in Vancouver, British Columbia, was marked by two key differences from previous Conclaves: the presence of De Beers and Diamond Trading Company executives, and a heightened emotional level. De Beers chairman Nicholas F. Oppenheimer and key members of the Diamond Trading Company, who are not permitted to enter the United States for business purposes, seized the opportunity of a Canadian-hosted Conclave to meet American retailers. In turn, the chance to meet the De Beers team made this one of AGS's best-attended Conclaves, said former executive director Robert W. Bridel. "By every measure, this was an incredibly successful Conclave," he said. "Even with the challenges of having it in Vancouver—which is a far trip, and an international trip—in the current 'no travel' atmosphere, we had more than 800 attendees, and more first-t

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