Summer in the City

It’s been a scorcher of a summer here in New York City, but a whirlwind of cool events—interesting conversations, trade shows, and more—has brought some much-needed relief.First up was an invitation from Clark McEwen and Rebecca Foerster to attend the Rio Tinto Diamond Symposium in Chicago. The event was fascinating and quite luxurious. A highlight was Ken Gassman’s speech on why he’s convinced there will not be a double-dip recession and why the year ahead looks great for jewelry retail. From your lips to God’s ear, Ken!The JA show here in New York brightened up the following week. I always enjoy the events surrounding the show and this year was no exception. Ruth Batson of the American Gem Society brought back the terrific Circle of Distinction dinner, now held in the grand ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. The entry to the ballroom is made of marble, and the room reverberated w

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