Of Ostriches and Eagles

Everybody knows The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas is a great place to see both new product and old friends, but it's also a great place to take the pulse of the jewelry industry as a whole. This year's edition turned up some interesting readings, so to speak. I caught an underlying sense of change—vague, but undeniable—coming to the jewelry marketplace. It was interesting to see who embraces change, who goes with the flow, and who fights a losing battle against it. One of the more colorful events—or, rather, altercations—of the week took place during the invitation-only LUXURY by JCK Show, when several members of the audience took issue with speaker Alyce Alston, chief executive officer of the De Beers retail stores, who was one of the featured breakfast keynote presenters. “Why did JCK invite you?” demanded more than one irate jeweler. “You're our competition! What are you doin
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