Diamond Jewellery Market Growth in East

Recent figures suggest that the market for diamond jewellery in the near future is expected to be driven by increased growth in India, China and the Gulf.

These emerging Eastern markets have demonstrated significant growth in the past few years, with diamonds proving increasingly popular as both a luxury item and a long-term investment.

By 2015, it is predicted that India, China and the Gulf will equal or surpass the market share of the US, which currently stands at 35 to 40 per cent. In 2010, India and China were already up 31 and 25 per cent respectively.

However, with worldwide reserves of diamonds at an all-time low, this new growth in Eastern countries means the balance between supply and demand is set to become more mismatched than ever; forecasts warn that demand is likely to outpace lower levels of diamond supply for many years to come.

With diamonds only getting rarer, it’s likely that the value of diamonds will continue to ascend on a global scale in the same way that gold and silver prices have already, increasing the natural treasure’s worth in the long term.

Although diamond prices have already begun to reflect the imbalance between supply and demand, the view that diamonds are an ‘investment vehicle’ that has the potential to grow – or at least remain the same – means customers are continuing to buy.

When compared to the inflated prices of gold, diamonds also – for the time being – pose a more affordable alternative in an unsteady economy.

It is yet to be seen how the rising value of diamonds will affect the production and/or prices of popular jewellery brands, popular in both the East and West, which feature diamond-encrusted pieces in their collections. For now, however, fans of Pandora jewellery and the like need not worry.

Visit the Jewel Hut, one of the UK’s leading jewellery websites, today to view an extensive collection of diamond jewellery.

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OMEGA Watches to be US PGA Timekeeper

Already a sponsor of numerous golfing tournaments around the world, OMEGA Watcheshas renewed and expanded its links with the US PGA Tour.

The Swiss watches brand has signed a five year deal to be the organisation’s Official Timekeeper. The new partnership will be launched at the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club which begins on 8 August and will run through to the PGA’s Centennial year celebrations in 2016.

The new deal will encompass two of golf’s best known events, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, alongside a number of popular subsidiary contests. The commitment from the watch manufacturer includes advertising on TV broadcasts of the sport and marketing support for the PGA’s Player development efforts.

As the Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America, the company will also provide timings and other support to the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA Championship and Grand Slam of Golf, and the Official Licensee of the 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup. The sponsor also allows the manufacturer presenting Sponsor rights at certain events and the status of Official Timekeeper of the Professional National Championship.

As well as organising prestigious golf events, the US PGA also organises representation and accreditation for the 27,000 men and women PGA professionals who work with golf clubs as golf tutors, course managers and other associated roles.

OMEGA watches also supports golf outside of the United States, serving as title sponsor of the European Masters, the Mission Hills World Cup of Golf and the OMEGA watches Dubai Desert Classic. The roster of Brand Ambassadors includes a number of current golf stars such as Sergio Garcia and Michelle Wie and one of the game’s all-time greats, Greg Norman.

With a rich history in sports timekeeping, OMEGA watches has served as Official Timekeeper at 24 Olympic Games since 1932. It has extended its agreement with the International Olympic Committee through to 2020.

OMEGA watches are available at the Watch Hut, the UK’s largest watch website, at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Sekonda Watches Party on TV’s Popstar to Operastar

The party is nearly over for ‘Popstar to Operastar’ contestants Joe McElderry and Cheryl Baker but it never stops for Sekonda watches.

Over the past five weeks, Sekonda has showcased its colourful range of Party Time watches in its role as official show sponsor of ITV1’s singing competition.

In that time, the eight celebrity contestants have been whittled down to finalists McElderry and Baker, who will compete against each other to be crowned the winning ‘Operastar’ on Sunday’s final show.

Although the final curtain will come down on ‘Popstar to Operstar’ for another year, fans of Partytime won’t have to wait that long to see their favourite Sekonda watches return to the screen.

The new series of ‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’, which commenced on Sky Living on Monday (04 July), will feature the modelling hopefuls sporting Sekonda Partytime watches as part of one week’s challenge.

Sekonda watches’ starring role in Living’s fashion show follows last year’s photo shoot, which saw contestants wearing Casio Baby-G watches and led to show winner Joy McLaren being selected as an official brand ambassador.

Although it is not yet known whether this year’s winner will enjoy a similar deal modelling Sekonda Partytime watches, the brand itself is sure to benefit from another turn in the TV spotlight.

Each Partytime watch boasts a bold, single colour strap with a glittering stone-set bezel, providing a colour for every party any time of the year.

With Christmas approaching, it’s likely that Sekonda will continue its sponsorship of ITV shows over the festive period following annual slots in 2009 and 2010, which won the watch brand even more fans in the run-up to Christmas.

A wide range of Sekonda watches, including the Partytime range, can be viewed at the Watch Hut, the UK’s largest watches website.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes Reveals Office Staff Opting For Dressed Down Look

Hotter Comfort Concept Shoes has revealed that ties, killer heels and sharp suits are a thing of the past with the average office worker now opting for a dressed down look according to new research by the comfort shoe brand.

The image of smart office workers has been replaced by employees more likely to be wearing comfortable shoes, t-shirts and casual trousers.

When planning what to wear for a day at the office Brits are much more likely to consider their own comfort than worrying about tottering in heels. Nearly half (49%) saying they wear shoes to work that are comfortable with an additional 32% saying they wear practical smart work heels in the office.

However, more than one third of women wear different shoes for their commute – indicating that their work shoes may not offer the ultimate comfort for a walk, bus or tube ride to the office.

Company dress codes now allow casual smart comfort in the office which is great news for bosses and staff alike as more than half of those surveyed said they worked better if they were comfortable with what they were wearing and nearly half said that a casual outfit made them more confident in the work place.

Paul Sayers, product design director from Hotter Shoes, who was behind the research into 3,000 working Brits said: “The evidence is clear to see, comfort has officially made a comeback. We make shoes that feel like slippers, so it’s great to hear the majority of workers say they feel more confident and work more productively when they feel comfortable in what they wear.

“As comfort specialists we make sure that every pair of our shoes, whether smart work heels or casual comfy commuter-wear, is designed to combine comfort and style. We have always believed in the power of comfort and this proof underlines our commitment to making the nation’s feet happy.”

Only one third of women wear a shirt to work. Two thirds say they dress more casually now than they did 10 years ago with nearly all saying things had changed from 20 years ago.

Summer was also the time when most staff took a more casual approach to their wardrobe.

Most admit that they only look smart and wear smart shoes at work twice a week although over 83% said they made more of an effort if they have a meeting.

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H. Samuel Announces Launch Of The Entire UK GUESS Watch Collection Online

H. Samuel, the UK’s favourite high street jeweller, is now offering the entire UK GUESS watch collection online. This is the first time that the complete UK GUESS range has been made available online at H. Samuel and offers many benefits to consumers, including greater choice and competitive pricing and the opportunity to browse the entire GUESS watch range in one place.

H. Samuel is committed to offering consumers the largest possible range of fashion watches and delivering the best service possible. With over 150,000 visitors to the website each week, H. Samuel is a major player in the fashion watch and jewellery market and perfectly positioned to offer such a broad range of products to the consumer.

GUESS and H. Samuel have worked together to ensure that the collection is kept up to date and that all new releases will be available online at launch. This means that consumers can now view the entire, up to date GUESS watch collection in one place and choose from the complete range of Guess watches from the comfort of their own home, office or on the go. They can then choose to have their purchase delivered to store, their home or sent to a loved one as a gift with gift packaging.

Shalina Ganatra, Head of Multi-Channel for H. Samuel, is delighted to be able to offer such diversity of price and depth of range to H. Samuel’s online customers: “We always like to offer our customers as much choice as possible and this was the perfect opportunity for us to give that to them and the fact that it is a well-known and prestigious brand such as GUESS is the icing on the cake.”

This is good news for fans of the famous fashion brand and an opportunity for consumers who haven’t yet discovered the glamorous brand to enjoy the full range available. With something for everyone and every look, consumers can enjoy styles such as the GUESS Mini Prism White Stone Set strap watch with its sparkling dial and the stunning gold-plated Vista or the elegant Balcony range from among the whole GUESS collection.

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Online voucher codes specialist helps UK consumers to save on gifts for Dad

DiscountVouchers.co.uk, the leading online retail savings website, has introduced a choice of new deals designed to help consumers save more money on gifts for Dad. The website is updated in real time to always offer users the very latest and best deals – and this week sees money off codes available for top stores Hotel Chocolat, Currys and House of Fraser.

Currys is still one of the most famous names on the high street and sells all the top names in electrical and electronic products. Among the deals to be had this week are 20% off games consoles and bundles, half-price portable DVD players and also a deal for free delivery on every order by using the latest selection of Curry’s discount code.

Top department store House of Fraser is on show on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website this week too, with a choice of House of Fraser discount code which is perfect for getting great value gifts for Dad. Among the new offers to be had are great value deals like a free duffle bag with every Jean-Paul Gaultier Le Male 75ml fragrance purchased, £3 off Eb Brands Ryder Cup essential gift set and Pringle gift set of boxed t-shirt, socks and trunks for only £25.

Spoiling Dad with some new top brand chocolates is always a popular suggestions, and this week sees DiscountVouchers.co.uk able to help shoppers afford more for their money. The DiscountVouchers.co.uk site is this week home to a new Hotel Chocolat voucher choice offering up 40% off a Milk Chocolate Hero Tablet, priced only £8, Whisky Truffles for only £13 and a ‘For My Daddy’ chocolate for just £6.50.

Doug Scott, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments, “We work hard to ensure that our site is always as accurate as possible for consumers, and this week sees us able to help people save on gifts for Dad. Savings at House of Fraser, Hotel Chocolat and Currys are perfectly timed.”

DiscountVouchers.co.uk offers consumers money saving deals at major high street brands and specialist retailers, including stores like Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Travelodge, First Choice, lastminute.com and Boden.

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