Publisher’s Notes

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE & PICKING THE WINNERS One often-quoted thought on the importance of color – as in colored gemstones – is "what would the world be like without color?" Most people probably would respond "pretty drab." In the same vein, it's important to think of what the jewelry industry would be like without some of its major players. We know what it's like without a major company; we've all seen big names disappear. At first there's a gap. But generally we adjust if only because others will be there to fill that gap. But what if the organization is irreplaceable? You may say no one body is, and that's probably true. But in the jewelry industry, a few truly come as close to being irreplaceable as it's possible to come. Among them is the Gemological Institute of America. Yet GIA is acutely aware that any body is vulnerable. Thus, while it's proud of its achievements

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