My Diamond Story: Publisher’s Letter, February 2015

As many of my friends in the industry know, 2014 was a huge year for me ­personally, as I married my husband, Eric, and became a father through gestational surrogacy. As someone who came of age in the 1980s, believe me when I say I never thought I’d type that last sentence!Although I’ve been with JCK—and in the jewelry industry—for a decade, I’ve never really experienced the kind of emotional jewelry story we often discuss in the pages of the magazine and online. A recent decision by my mother-in-law changed that.Eric’s mother, Jan, had a piece of jewelry with a fascinating history. Sometime after the 1929 stock market crash, her grandparents decided to take money out of the bank and put it into a 1 ct. diamond, for security. Over the years, that diamond was combined with four smaller stones and eventually placed in a 1960s cocktail ring. Eric’s mom owned the ring for year

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