Open Hearts and Diamond Necklaces

For the record, it was a coincidence that both Mark Smelzer and I wrote about Facebook on our pages last month. Honest, we didn't plan it that way! But the fact that we each chose the topic says something. It not only underscores the effectiveness of the Internet as a means of messaging but also reminds us of the importance of community. Rather than surrender to a hurried and harried era that provides little time to participate in community organizations, people have found new ways to connect, proving again that man is a social animal. The need for emotional connection—and ways to express it—has seen us through tough times before and will see us through tough times now. The sixth annual Women in the Know conference in New York, presented by the Women's Jewelry Association, drove home the relationship between jewelry, emotion, and connections. Naturally, the conferences are design

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