Publisher’s Notes

FORGET THE BAD RAP, LA IS A JEWELRY CITY Can it be only a decade or so ago that Southern California was the embodiment of the American Dream and Los Angeles was regarded truly as the City of the Angels, as well as the symbol of the chic, the trendy and the good life? What has happened? Why is Los Angeles suddenly the place jewelers want to avoid? The Pacific Jewelry Show at the Century Plaza was for years a major business and social event that drew attendance from far and wide. Yet today the PJS finds it's getting tougher than ever to attract buyers and sellers to its show which last year moved - after a side trip to San Diego - to the newly-renovated and expanded Los Angeles Convention Center. The truth is that Los Angeles has gotten a bad rap. Some people like to blame it on a riot that played out on TV, on earthquakes or the threat of them, or on some other natural disaster. It'

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