The Known Jewelry Universe, Editor’s Letter, July–August 2013

Every June, I return home from Las Vegas market week and the first thing I do—well, second, if you count wringing my brain dry—is take stock of the places I went, the things I saw, and the people I met. I ask myself: Was it a good show?This year, the answer was clear-cut: Why, yes—yes it was. To echo my friend and colleague Mark Smelzer, whose account of JCK Las Vegas you’ll find in the Publisher’s Letter, the 2013 show pulsed with an electricity we haven’t felt in years. A large part of that is due to the rebounding economy.“Fifty-one months after an impressive stock rally began and 48 months after economic growth started, optimism is finally—finally!—breaking out,” Daniel Gross wrote in a recent piece for Newsweek about how the economic doomsayers who predicted America’s decline now are recanting their statements.But the positive fiscal picture wasn’t the only r

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