Undersung Heroes

For most people, New Year's Day marks the end of the holiday season and the start of a new year. For the jewelry industry, it's more like a pause in the festivities, for the second weekend in January heralds the real kickoff of our new year. The weekend surrounding the annual banquet of the Twenty-Four Karat Clubof the City of New Yorkdraws industry leaders fromall sectors to almost three solid days of meetings and celebrations. It's a time to catch up with friends and see how business fared for the holiday and the previous year as a whole, and take the pulse of the industry for the year ahead. The atmosphere at this year's banquet was lighter and happier than last year. That's not surprising, given that jewelry as a category posted a 5.6 percent gain in holiday sales from 2008's abysmal performance. But there was a new feeling of optimism in the air—cautiou
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