Self Praise

Alice Gallagher Mignatti, the mother of a good friend, used to say, "Self-praise stinks." Mrs. Mignatti was absolutely right, but for once I feel compelled to ignore her sage advice. That's because I'm proud of the effort JCK magazine and The JCK Shows have made to provide support to a variety of industry associations. Over the past four years, The JCK Jewelry Industry Fund has contributed $1.6 million to address significant problems affecting the business, and to positively enhance the image of the industry. The Gemological Institute of America received funding to research emerald filler materials and HPHT diamonds—two of the most pressing issues faced by an industry that is a regular target of the consumer media. While GIA has expended significant sums of its own money to address these matters, I am particularly gratified that JCK is helping GIA learn more about these problems.

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