From the Publisher, November–December 2019: Happy Holidays



Greetings from my flight home from Los Angeles after my yearly October tour of Southern California! As in years past, I came west to attend the annual GIA Jewelry Career Fair in Carlsbad. After a couple of years’ hiatus, I was asked again to moderate the “Creative Careers” panel. The event—which featured Baba ­Blumkin, CEO of Luxe Jewelry and Loan; Wade Clar Jr., director of brand ­development at Julez Bryant; goldsmith and designer Alexandra Hart; Jenny Luker, president of Platinum Guild International USA; and Tiffany Stevens, CEO and general counsel at the Jewelers ­Vigilance Committee—was phenomenal. As always, panelists were selected based on their nontraditional paths in the jewelry industry. After they described their jobs, I asked them about attending events, networking, volunteering for boards and committees, and mentoring. As you can imagine, all these activities
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