Publisher’s Letter, July–August 2016: What a Week!

I’m just about fully rested from yet another amazing nine days in Las Vegas. What an incredible week of trade shows, learning, industry events, and good old-fashioned schmoozing! First up was the new, expanded LUXURY show. This year saw the debut of a new ballroom, which nearly doubled the square footage of the show. The booths in both halls were buzzing, and many exhibitors said they had their best year in quite some time—or ever. Congrats to Sarin Bachmann on a successful show! Thursday was the annual bridge day between LUXURY and JCK Las Vegas, highlighted by JCK Talks, a series of educational seminars, speeches, and panels. Perhaps the best-attended (and most controversial) session was “Lab-Grown Diamonds: Threat or Opportunity (or Both?),” moderated by JCK’s Rob Bates and paneled by Stuller’s Stanley Zale, Gabriel & Co.’s Jack Gabriel, Diamond Foundry’s Maa

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