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Happy New Year


Like to take this opportunity ti wish everyone a Happy New Year,
May you all enjoy Health, Happiness and Prosperity, from me and
the entire “Dream Team”. Thanks and Best Wishes,

Gemstone Brokerage Associates Ltd. Telephone (518)438-5487
P.O. Box 8930 Albany, N.Y. 12208
Agents for: Lukusuzi Gemstones Ltd. of Zambia
Lake Valley Minerals of Malawi
Truva Minning of Turkey
Fortune Gems and Jewelry Ltd. of Tanzania


Happy New Year to all,

I am grateful for this forum, and over the last several years I feel
that I have gotten support from peers, as we all go though the same
kinds of trials and tribulations as artists and human beings. Whether
about business or health issues, there is a lot of sharing so I feel
like I am not alone going though what I go though. Thank you all for

Richard Hart


All in Orchidland,

While I enter 2006 trying to process our year end inventory, 1099
tax forms and reconstruct my travel expenses for my accountant,
sometimes I have to remind myself why I chose the more difficult path
of running a school than sitting happily at my bench and creating.

I came across a quote from a hero of mine, Joseph Campbell, and it
all made sense again, in sometimes a senseless world.

  "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
  that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the
  life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
  Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss, you are
  enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.

                                                    Joseph Campbell 

Thank you Joseph. You reminded me why I am here, why I do what I do,
and even though we all struggle at times, it is the bliss of Orchid,
the bliss of Metalwerx and all those students who hold a saw frame or
a torch in their hand.

To everyone on Orchid and for those who share the passion of working
with their hands, I wish that you continue to explore and find your

A very Happy New Year to all of you.



Karen Christians
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
Ph. 781/891-3854 Fax 3857
Jewelry/Metalarts School & Cooperative Studio


We would like to take this time to wish everyone on this fantastic
and wonderful forum a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year.

With 2005 behind us and 2006 straight ahead, we feel the employment
market for jewelers in the near future should be somewhat brisk. We
begin 2006 with several jeweler opportunities in various locations
across the country. We invite any and all bench professionals either
curious about jobs or committed to making an employment change to
please feel free to contact us. We have been fortunate in the past
nine years to help many make a positive move in their career, and
stand ready to help you.

Thank you, and again Happy New Year to all.

Vic Davis

Vic Davis & Associates, Inc.
866-650-6400 (toll-free)
417-887-5277 (fax)