Publisher’s Notes

A MATTER OF DESIGN: WE'VE COME A LONG WAY When our fashion editor, Hedda Schupak, went to Hong Kong last fall to find out just what is going on there with jewelry design, her quick reaction was really very little. Most of the manufacturers who aren't trying to imitate American or European design are turning out attractive, well-made, but largely unexciting pieces. However, as her story in this issue shows, there are signs that is changing. The change is coming because such bodies as the Diamond Promotion Service and the World Gold Council have launched design competitions. In Hedda's story this month, you'll see, the contests have uncovered quite a lot of talent. When you compare what's happening on the other side of the Pacific with what's happening here in the U.S., it's interesting to see how far we've come in the past 10 to 15 years. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the

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