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Almost done. The Basel Fair organization in Switzerland is investing some 300 million Swiss francs to upgrade the infrastructure of its fairgrounds. At the heart of the plan is a new, two-story convention hall complex (shown here) replacing most of “Building 1,” site of the watch segment of the annual international Basel Watch & Jewelry Fair, the largest in the world. The new facility has 36,000 square meters of exhibition space and is fitted with new technology. It was due to be completed this month, in time for Basel 99 (April 29 -May 6). Next on Basel's agenda are construction of a new 20-story administration building and hotel as well as redesign of the fair grounds. JA Launches Course on Gem Treatments Jewelers of America has unveiled a two-hour course on the basics of gem treatment and how to discuss them with customers. “The main purpose,” says Bev Hori, JA's direc
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