I'm a one-time daily newspaper reporter who now writes about high-end jewelry, the finest timepieces, luxury and fashion. It seems remarkable when looking back, but, at the same time, it feels quite normal. My first magazine job was with a design and architecture trade publication where I received a first-hand education and appreciation of how good, innovative design can actually make the world a better place. It’s something I took with me to a jewelry trade publication where I spent nine years. During this time I traveled the world acquiring knowledge about the diverse and expansive jewelry industry and now I am able to share this knowledge with you. Like Robert Frost I took the road less traveled. And that has made all the difference. In addition to this blog, you can find me at my "Jewelry News Network" blog and facebook page and on Twitter at jewelrynewsnet. The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.