From the Editor, November–December 2019: Looking Back and Forward

The year 2020. It sounds like pure science fiction, right? Wasn’t it just last week that we were battening down the hatches for Y2K? I may sound like an old fogy in disbelief over how quickly time passes, but that’s the point. Come January, I’ll be celebrating my 20th year writing about the jewelry industry, and I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic about it. I was a month shy of my 27th birthday in 2000 when I attended my first JCK Las Vegas show. A few weeks after that, I was off to Australia’s croc-infested Top End for my first press trip—to a Paspaley pearl farm. Later that summer, I met JCK jewelry director Randi Molofsky at a boozy, Platinum Guild–sponsored party at designer Ella Gafter’s posh Manhattan salon. All of these things happened before the dawn of social media, if you can believe it. As L.P. Hartley famously observed, “The past is a foreign country

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