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Sanity Files: Idar, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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How top jewelers keep their cool in a crazy world

Published in the July 2014 issue

LARA BERGSETH AND LANCE GLENN

IDAR, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Lara Bergseth and Lance Glenn are best friends who’ve worked together for over 12 years. Lara was born into the business and is an AGS Certified Gemologist and Lance is a trained Red Seal Chef who was adopted into the Idar family (more like a foundling really …). “Together as a sales team our mission is to conquer bad design and eliminate ugly jewelry,” Lara says.

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