Dear All, The dinner was indeed a very gracious gift from Rio. They
have been fine hosts at every event I've been invited to. I just want
everyone to know that I heard a few predictions while talking with
several industry leaders in Las Vegas. One of the thoughts I agreed
with is that Orchid is the future of the jewelry industry in the USA.
The Contemporary Design Group Dinner in Las Vegas was similar to the
Tucson Orchid Dinner this last Spring. The Design Pavilion was full
of artists, craft persons and fine jewelry makers like we all aspire
to be. And indeed the whole industry is down (according to what I
heard) about 30 to 40%.