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    Motor boat docks to the wooden bungalows on stilts in the lagoon island of Huahine near the small village of Fare. Captain Smiley wants a good day for passengers and sails away. We find ourselves on a small platform next to a small wooden house, covered with palm leaves and branches. From bungalows, long arrows go to sea piers. In fact it is not at all the piers and platforms, which are attached to special nets full of pearl oysters. Here, on a small island lost in the Pacific Ocean, cultivated black pearls. 

    "Lace - the finest imitation fantasy nature. A pearl is always right ", - claimed the great Koko Shanel. Earrings and ring with white freshwater pearls one can hardly surprise anyone. Where unusually Japanese pink or golden Australian pearls. But the rarest and unusual - black pearls from French Polynesia - French overseas territories in the South Pacific. Pearl farms are located in three of the five archipelagos of the region: The Gambia and the Tuamotus and Society Islands, to which refers Huahine. 

    On the pearl farm is constantly working only three people: Tiare consultant, jeweler Vaymiti captain Reimann. Tiare leads us to a special booth to tell all about how there is a miracle of nature - the black pearl. According to Polynesian legend, pearls gave people the god of fertility Oro, who occasionally came down to earth on a rainbow and once fell in love with the princess with magical island of Bora Bora. To win the heart of beautiful, he presented her with an amazing gift - a black pearl, the iridescent colors of the rainbow. 

    Where did this unusual color? The fact that only in French Polynesia lives a unique species of pearl oyster - Pinctada-margaritifera. This cranky clam not tolerates cold and die when the water temperature drops below 11 degrees Celsius. In addition, the oyster is very demanding on the composition and purity of the water and the microclimate of the surrounding waters. 

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    I started working with pearls after the birth of her son. I think Pearl is close to pregnant women. From a grain of sand in an oyster pearl grows - everything like a child ", - says the Danish jeweler Sofi Bille Brahe. Her earrings simple clear lines and laconic ring Sophie Bille Brahe with pearls created jointly with the Japanese brand Sacai, sold at Dover Street Market. Itself Sophie confidently blended in a galaxy of fashion jewelry designers working in a minimalist genre and skillful with the conservative pearl classic.

    On the natural instincts and Japanese Mizuki says Goltz, the founder of the brand Mizuki Jewelry. The designer prefers all kinds of baroque pearls - asymmetrical shapes, grungy. She likes how it complements the cool simplicity of modern jewelry. For smooth classic pearls Mizuki looking for a special form, which allows him to "live on the body." Her earrings Marquis in the form of a stroke two lines within which settled a large drop pearl, are all - from Mishel Obama to Hollywood starlets. Designer insists on the "close relationship" with the carrier and decorations like when playing with a pearl body contours.

    Perfect metaphor sensuality of pearls - jewelry in Italian Lia Di Gregorio. Leah found a new position for him hides a pearl inside the ring and a bracelet - and they are always in contact with the skin.

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    In his 25 years as a jewellery designer, Yoshinobu Kataoka’s ethereal creations have earned him widespread recognition in Japan. But it wasn’t until he launched his own brand in 2011 that his designs caught the attention of a wider audience.

    Incredibly delicate and feminine, these nature-inspired jewels, handcrafted in Tokyo, have a fairytale quality that lends itself particularly well to engagement rings. Breathtakingly pretty, many of them feature intricate milgrain detailing, which gives each ring an authentic handmade feel.

    It is this appreciation for the artisanal, for jewels that have been lovingly made by hand, that is at the heart of the Kataoka brand. We talk to founder Yoshinobu to find out more.

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    As the millennials' role in the jewelry market gets increasingly larger, Hong Kong jeweler Chow Tai Fook, one of the prominent and influential players in the market, is giving an artistic touch to its product designs, to attract younger consumers.

    Chow Tai Fook brought on board two popular South Korean stars, Lee Minho and G-Dragon, as part of its branding campaign, especially in jewel design segment.

    In 2014, it acquired Hearts on Fire, a US premium diamond brand, to enlarge its collections, such as premium diamond and bridal jewelry.

    "Influenced by the Western lifestyle, the millennial generation has been more and more fond of cultural aspects like memorable marriage proposals and dream weddings. Diamonds fit in with this theme," said a spokesperson of Chow Tai Fook who sought anonymity.

    "An increasing number of young Chinese women choose diamond ornaments for everyday wear. Last year, we launched some new jewelry collections. They are not only fashionable but relatively lower priced and affordable for young consumers," he said.

    Agreed Neil Wang, president of market research agency Frost & Sullivan Greater China. "Consumers shopping for diamonds have evolved from rings to decorations. These days, consumers tend to own multiple diamond ornaments. Diamond purchases are likely to become more common."

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    Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo threw joint bachelor and bachelorette parties on Monday's episode of Counting On.
    Jeremy, 29, and Jinger, 23, invited friends and family to Arkansas a month before their November wedding on TLC's Jill & Jessa Counting On.
    But there was no wild partying for the couple who spent time at an escape room, playing golf and making bridal jewelry.

    'I think when people typically think of a bachelor party they think of it being mischievous, a last hurrah to do whatever you want,' said Jeremy.
    'For me it is completely different, I have no desire to go out on the town and run around. I want to spend good quality time with dear friends and reflect on good memories as I enter this new season in life,' he said.

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    Designer Reem Acra found something even better than Breakfast at Tiffany’s (or, you know, nibbling on a croissant while peering into the jewelry store’s legendary windows). How does happy hour at Tiffany’s sound? Featuring appearances by diamonds, champagne and orchids—and wedding dresses.

    Such was the vibe on Tuesday evening, when the designer debuted her Spring/Summer 2018 bridal collection, within the walls of Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue Flagship. Around dusk, ethereal models, swathed in layers of diamond-studded tulle and enrobed in lace, emerged from the store’s iconic elevators and strolled between display cases of jewels. The first 12 looks, which featured slim black dresses dotted with sparkles and accented with capes, were a definite nod to Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Hubert de Givenchy gown.

    But despite the disruptive appearance of black dresses at a bridal show, the most notable creation shown was the finale dress. In theory, it was a simple frock; the strapless white satin design was finished off with a huge voluminous skirt and a train. But a closer look offered more info on the dress’ approximate $1.6 million price tag: it all had to do with the Tiffany & Co. jewelry that was affixed to the wedding gown. Dripping down the bodice and skirt were four butterfly brooches, 12 dragonfly pins and exactly 134 earrings. According to Vogue, that tallies up to 165 carats of diamonds and 61.91 carats of gemstones, totaling exactly $1,611,144. The good news here is that every single one of these pieces are currently available in Tiffany & Co. stores individually, so you don’t have to drop a million dollars to emulate this Acra design.

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    Marchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig whip up beyond exquisite bridal creations season after season. Their latest example? The brand's fall 2016 collection, in which they delivered more of that signature glam-meets-romantic style, like dramatic tiered-to-there ruffles and lavishly embroidered thread work.

    "We wanted to create an airy feeling. What we have here is a lot of silver and mother-of-pearl embroideries, and ball gowns that turn into sexy dresses after," Craig says, calling out the detachable skirts along with bejeweled bodices. "The jewelry adornment is a signature for us now. It's something that really resonates with our customers—it's got the romance, but it's a statement look that we love."

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    Diamond expert Jacob Worth, founder of I Want What It's Worth, has gone undercover at some of New York's most recognizable diamond stores to 'prove' that customers are being ripped off
    'At Tiffany you are basically paying a massive markup up for a blue box which you can buy on eBay for 25 dollars.'
    Worth visited all four luxury diamond retailers with an undercover camera as he claims customers are paying thousands for little more than the brand name.
    At Tiffany's, a simple two carat, round solitaire diamond ring with platinum band was selling for $80,000.

    At Costco, an almost identical two carat, round solitaire diamond ring with platinum band costs around $19,000.
    When Worth compared prices of a basic round solitaire ring, he reported that Tiffany's had a 253 per cent mark up, at Cartier it was 276 per cent, at Van Cleef it is 314 per cent and at Harry Winstone's it is 336 per cent.

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    Kolkata: Dubai has imposed a 5% import duty on gold and diamond jewellery, a move which is likely to hurt Indian exports at a time when demonetisation has hit business at home.

    The new levy may , however, boost bridal jewellery sales in India because many Indian shoppers had turned to Dubai owing to the cheaper gold there and the price difference may no longer be attractive enough.

    “Nearly 45-50% of gold jewellery consumed in Dubai goes from India.It will hurt some big  ..

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    For months, wine importer and hospitality entrepreneur Josh Hackler had been planning to propose to his college sweetheart, jewelry designer Pili Restrepo, during an upcoming vacation in Turkey. (He even convinced his sister and her husband to buy tickets and join them in Istanbul to celebrate as a surprise.) But a last-minute change of plans led the trip to be canceled and the proposal was put on hold. Months later, Josh came up with another plan, this time in Cartagena, but again, things didn’t work out quite as he expected.
    “He had planned a surprise trip to Cartagena for New Year’s Eve, but I told him we couldn’t go because my mom was already excited about all of us spending the holidays with her in Cali, Colombia, the city where I grew up,” Pili recalls. “He ended up canceling everything and flying to Cali instead and, as is tradition, he brought along my Christmas stocking as well.” The day after he arrived, Josh surprised Pili with a diamond ring attached at the end of the stocking. “It was my last present and the most precious one of 2013!” she says. The ring had been chosen by Josh’s grandmother years ago, with the intention of gifting it to her future granddaughter-in-law. “I never met her, she died before I started dating Josh, but she was an amazing woman: elegant, lover of parties and vintage jewelry, the best hostess.” The couple then celebrated their engagement with the bride’s family and friends and toasted with a very special bottle of Champagne. “My dad had bought it before he died,” she remembers. “We were saving it for a very special occasion.” A night of salsa dancing with friends at Pili’s favorite teenage haunt, Éxtasis, followed well into the wee hours of the morning.

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    Reem Acra won’t just be using Tiffany & Co.’s Fifth Avenue flagship to debut her spring bridal collections. The designer also plans to create wedding gowns and dresses inspired by Tiffany style and glamour.

    While not a brand collaboration, Tiffany first connected with Acra when one of her gowns was featured as part of the Moda Operandi exhibition at the store last fall. Afterward, Acra “shared her affinity for the Tiffany brand,” a Tiffany spokesman said Monday.

    Two hundred guests are expected at the April 18 fashion show. But there will be no cobranding or cross-promoting of the 20-style collection beyond the event invitations, the Tiffany spokesman said.

    By staging a bridal show at Tiffany, Acra will be following in the footsteps of Carolina Herrera, who held one there in 2009 inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse and other artists. And another bridal powerhouse, Vera Wang, teamed with Tiffany for a runway show at the Audi Fashion Festival in Singapore in 2011. Acra declined comment Monday through a spokesman.

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    Chinese form the largest addressable racial group as they constitute over 75% of both the male and female population in Singapore
    - By age: Males and females between age 30 to 49 years form the largest segment of the population. Within this group, males age 35 to 39, as well as females age 30 to 34, could be a potential target segment for the bridal jewellery as their marriage rates have been steadily rising and also registered the highest increase across the decade
    - By income: Income groups between S$2,000 to S$3,999 per month constitute the largest segment for mass market targeting. For the higher end market segment, it is noteworthy that males outnumber females by a ratio of 3 to 1 for monthly income categories aboveS $10,000

    - Retail industry: S$26 bn business (as of 2005) with strong growth prospects, due to positive economic outlook and growing tourism sector
    - Jewellery sector: Steadily growing sector in Singapore with over S$1.3 bn in sales (4% of retail trade) for 2005. Upward growth trend is likely to continue given consumers' increasing propensity to spend, due to strong consumer confidence and rising disposable incomes

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    The department store chain is stepping up its nuptials game in the hopes of winning a bigger slice of the $60 billion U.S. wedding pie. Among other moves: Macy's is adding higher-end bridal jewelry to its assortment and training its army of personal shoppers to advise anxious couples.
    While Macy's has long served people who are getting hitched, its offerings have traditionally revolved around gift registries. Macy's has typically become part of the average couple's planning eight months into the process, meaning it has been missing out on chances to sell items earlier, like the engagement ring or even a skin care and weight-loss regimen as the bride and groom prepare for their big day. Yet the average length of an engagement in the United States is 14.5 months, according to a 2015 survey of 18,000 brides by The Knot, a leading wedding marketplace.
    "We have an opportunity to service the couple throughout the entire wedding journey, not just at the point of registry," Shawn Outler, the Macy's senior vice president overseeing the wedding strategy, told Fortune on a tour of the retailer's Manhattan flagship. "We weren't quite messaging to those opportunities but we knew we were selling the product."

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    If you aspire to look like a Mughal Princess, get inspired by ancient Muslim dresses, colors like Iranian turquoise with gold and perfectly cut silhouettes.


    For jewelry, it's all about layering! Don an emerald necklace along with a nice choker that sits well around the neck, a big maang teeka, earrings and a statement nath. But it's the elegant and traditional passa that takes your straight into that era so don't forget to wear that!

    As far as makeup is concerned, dark smoky eyes with lots of kajal, lots of blush, glossy lips and pulled back hair should do the trick.

    If you want to opt for a typical Hindustani look, then that has to include some fresh mogra flowers in your hair, a striking maathapatti and a bindi. To add a modern nuance with that, you can keep your hair textured, skin dewy with dark and smoky eyes.

    If you are a boho bride, go in for an unconventional color with an even more unique pattern on it. Let your hair be messy and don't forget to add a 'me' touch in anything you do!

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    Karan Johar’s upcoming big release Ae Dil hai Mushkil starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan has been surrounded by a lot of controversies. But even as the release date of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is not clear, people are looking forward to this beautiful project by Karan Johar. The movie has managed to impress everyone be it the teaser, trailer or all the beautiful songs. It goes without saying that both the leading actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma are looking strikingly beautiful. Especially Anushka who has taken us by surprise with her never-seen-before bridal look.
    The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actress stunned us with her quirky ways in the trailer and then enchanted us once again with her breathtaking bridal look in the ADHM song Channa Mereya. Flaunting her best looks, Anushka is giving all the brides-to-be some serious goals for their wedding look. So if you are wondering, how did Anushka manage to pull off the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil bridal look, we will help you decode the exact look so that you can go ahead and try out this pretty look on your special day.

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    An engagement ring is forever. And what we consider the norm for engagement rings has held steady for many, many years. The diamond, the solitaire setting, the antique know the drill. None of these variations goes out of style — and there's certainly no reason to mess with a classic.
    And yet, there are certain welcome adjustments here and there that keep things interesting (and keep us ogling). What's the latest diamond craze? What kind of setting can set your ring apart? What trends are making a comeback?
    We've rounded up the top 5 engagement ring trends to help identify what's up in the wedding-jewelry world — and the results will have you hearing wedding bells.

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    “Anyone who has ever bought a diamond or an engagement ring appreciates how intimidating the process can be for the consumer,” said Matt Spetzler, Partner at Francisco Partners. “What we love about is they are using innovative technology to bring simplicity, vast selection, pricing transparency and overall value to the process by letting consumers shop directly for the exact diamond they want, but at a much lower price.” has tripled in size in the last two years as consumers have embraced James Allen’s 360° Diamond Display Technology and innovative virtual showroom experience. With a curated selection of nearly 150,000 conflict-free, fully certified loose diamonds and hundreds of ring settings, allows consumers to design or customize their own personalized jewelry pieces.

    "We are thrilled to partner with the team at Francisco Partners to continue our journey of disrupting the diamond industry. We have a shared vision that consumers deserve a better diamond buying experience and we are demystifying the process. We provide better pricing and better value by utilizing innovative technologies that enhance everything from our Diamond Marketplace to the end consumer experience,” said R2Net’s co-founder and CEO Oded Edelman.

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