By Whitney Sielaff
wsielaff@nationaljeweler.com
Our in-house New York Times aficionado, Jewelry Group Vice President Bailey Beeken, brought the following to my attention.
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/14/opinion/14martin.html?_r=1
 
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Looks like it appeared on the Web on Valentine's Eve and was picked up elsewhere, including the New York edition, on Saturday.

 
I was struck that the author, Clancy Martin, a former jewelry store owner, is now a philosophy professor. As many have surmised, it takes a certain state of mind to do this little thing we call jewelry.
 
One particularly evocative thought in the article is Martin's explanation of the power of a gift:
 
"A true gift never belongs entirely to the giver or the receiver. It remains in a place between them like a meaningful conversation or a kiss. And it can stay there permanently. The gift may even leave traces for the couple’s family, when the giver and the receiver live only in memory."
 
I had never really thought of it that way before. But it sure helps to put our business in context and demonstrate in one further way just how meaningful what we do is.
 
Whitney



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