Sunday, May 28, 2017

We have a shared vision that consumers deserve

“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 JamesAllen.com 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.”

JamesAllen.com 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, JamesAllen.com 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.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170406006047/en/JamesAllen.com-Raises-140-Million-Growth-Equity-Investment

Engagement ring trends to help identify what's up

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 pedigree...you 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.

http://www.refinery29.com/new-engagement-ring-trends

Managed to impress everyone be it the teaser

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.

http://www.india.com/buzz/7-ways-to-get-anushka-sharmas-ae-dil-hai-mushkil-bridal-look-1599966/

get inspired by ancient Muslim dresses

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.

mughal

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!

passa
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.

mathapatti
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!


http://goodtimes.ndtv.com/features/sabyasachi-reveals-the-dos-and-donts-for-the-perfect-bridal-look-1646689

average length of an engagement

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."

http://fortune.com/2016/05/06/macys-weddings/

Marriage rates have been steadily rising

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

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bridal-jewellery-market-analysis-in-singapore-300066583.html

Create wedding gowns and dresses inspired by Tiffany

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.

http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/reem-acra-bridal-show-tiffany-fifth-avenue-10852952/

With the intention of gifting

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.

http://www.vogue.com/article/pili-restrepo-josh-hackler-wedding-cartagena-colombia

Gold jewellery consumed in Dubai goes from India

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  ..

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/56435735.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Round solitaire diamond ring with platinum band

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.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4358094/Jewelry-expert-goes-undercover-Tiffany-overcharges.html