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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Join the Royal Wedding Fun and Save at DiscountVouchers.co.uk

The online voucher code experts are offering customers savings as much as 50% on getaways, party favours and other fun things

UK residents are expected to drop as much as £480m* on celebrating the Royal Wedding this week, but you don’t have empty your wallet to share the fun. Discountvouchers.co.uk has dozens of special deals at its online site to celebrate the magic event, all of which are available to customers who visit their website at www.discountvouchers.co.uk.

Enjoy huge savings on hotel rooms, weekend holiday packages, meals on the town or accessories to make your Royal Wedding party a raging success from DiscountVouchers.co.uk. Here are just a few of the exclusive deals on offer –

• Argos – Save up to half price on BBQs
o Every one of Argos’ popular BBQs is going for 50% off, beginning at just £29.99.

• Virgin Wines – £40 off all wines and enjoy Free Delivery
o Stock up on the wine because every bottle is £40 off with the special deal right now from DiscountVouchers.co.uk.

• Ocado – EXCLUSIVE – Take 20% off your purchase of £60 or more
o There’s no better place to pick up UK-themed party items than Ocado, especially when you can knock 20% off your first order of £60 or more.

• Lowcostholidays.com –inclusive bookings now £40 off
o With a long bank holiday weekend in store, the time is ripe for an inclusive getaway with Lowcostholidays.com.

• Lastminute.com – save up to 20% off Hilton hotel rooms
o You can save as much as 20% off your room at any Hilton hotel when you book it through lastminute.com.

• Tesco.com – Receive £10 off First Wine & Champagne Orders over £50
o Your first order of wine or champagne just got cheaper thanks to the exclusive deal from DiscountVouchers.co.uk and Tesco.com.

• B&Q – Save £20 on the popular Skye Party Gazebo
o The Skye Party Gazebo from B&Q is now just £79, giving you the chance to throw a garden party with style.

• Ask – 2 courses & glass of Bellini Prosecco for £12.95
o Ask is helping you celebrate the Royal Wedding with a special offer featuring two courses and a glass of quality wine.

DiscountVouchers.co.uk is a leader in online voucher code savings, offering its customers great deals from UK brands like Lastminute.com, Travelodge, Tesco, Boden, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and more.

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Best for Bride Features Designer Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses

The moment a man proposes doesn’t always turn out to be the romantic moment the poets envision. Getting engaged can be a hilarious, perplexing or downright dangerous. To celebrate the many directions a proposal can take, Best for Bride is conducting “The Most Romantic, Crazy and Funny Engagement Story Contest.”

Engagement Proposal Story Contest

“For our Season 3 contest, we’re inviting couples to send us their engagement or proposal stories, along with their photos or videos,” said Olga Pomeransky, Best for Bride Senior Manager. “The winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for their bridal and bridesmaid dresses.”

The contest is being conducted now through Aug. 31, 2011. Winners will be selected based on the number of votes that are received. The couple with the most votes will receive a $1,000 gift certificate, and all entrants will receive 15 percent off the price of their wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses.

Wedding DressesBest for Bride offers gowns from exclusive designers that include Mori Lee Wedding Dresses, Jasmine Bridal Dresses,Madeline Gardner Bridal Collection, Italian originals by Angelina Faccenda, Jai Bridal and designer originals by Tulipia. Of special interest is the handcrafted European bridal collection, decorated with Swarovski crystals and genuine stones. Dresses are in two pieces, allowing brides to mix and match for the perfect gown.

Styles in the collections by Madison, Cassidy Sarah and Fabulous Formals offer a mix of ultra modern to romantic classics. The shops offer the My Lady bridal collection under the direction of Haim Bar, and the simplicity of Divina Sposa. The Miss Kelly collection offers traditional dresses with a twist. Dresses by Collector make any bride look like a princess and the J. Valentina collection offers sophisticated style. Alfred Sung originals are also available.

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The Most Romantic, Crazy and Funny Engagement Story Contest: Win $1000!

Nothing can be more exciting and romantic than narrating your engagement story in your friend circle over and over again. But now Best for Bride gives you an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your engagement story with the entire world. Yes, retelling one of the most thrilling experiences of your life can win you $1000 Gift Certificate for your Bridal Dresses and Bridesmaid Dresses. All you have to do is send us your story, briefly recounting your nervous & exciting times when your Prince Charming went down on his knees and popped the question with a ring.

wedding dressesAll the stories received will be published on website and visitors will vote for their favorite engagement/proposal story. No points for guessing that the one getting maximum votes will walk away with the prize money of $1000.

“Marriages are made in heaven but celebrated on Earth.”

True to its every alphabet, this popular adage very much summarizes the meaning of marriage as the union of two different souls for remaining life. But in most cases, this union is preceded by string of interesting incidents. Engagement or getting proposed by your soul mate is one such incident. Why interesting? Because it is not every day that you find yourself getting proposed for marriage by someone whom you love from the core of your heart.

Interestingly, clichéd it may sound but the fact remains the same – every young girl dreams of a fairytale romance. They go weak on their knees when it comes to their Prince Charming. And The Most Romantic, Crazy and Funny Engagement Story Contest is the perfect chance for such girls to share the most private, nervous and probably, the most interesting moments which later became a memorable chapter of their lives.

wedding invitationsSponsored by Best for Bride, the one-stop bridal store, the contest is a conscious attempt to let couples share their memorable moments with the world and inspire other people on how they can propose the one whom they love.

Best for Bride assists you in planning your day in best possible way. From the engagement day to your honeymoon, we help you plan every occasion in a best possible way so that you can cherish those lovely memories for lifetime. At Best for Bride, we ensure to transform your dream into reality. So, rest assured, whether you are planning to take your wedding vows in an open garden or in a spacious hall room, it will be an event to remember.

Best of Bride takes care of everything including; wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses,wedding flowers, wedding décor and much more! As far as wearing wedding dress is concerned, for most of the brides it is a one time affair. So, renting it out would be a fairly good idea. Not to mention, Best for Bride offers renting wedding dress option too.

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Best For Bride Opens New Location In Barrie

Best for Bride, Toronto’s premier wedding boutique (http://www.bestforbride.com) is opening a new location at the corner of Dunlop St. and Hwy 400 in Barrie. The new store’s lavish decor will certainly make Barrie-area brides and bridesmaids eager to browse through the huge selection of gorgeous gowns and accessories. Pictures and map of the new location are viewable here http://www.bestforbride.com/store-location-barrie.php.

Best for Bride sells top quality wedding and formal wear at reasonable prices. Their wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses are made of designer fabrics and feature fancy embellishments. Best for Bride’s dresses are created to fit every bride, f r o m petite to plus-size and come in a variety of sizes and colours.

For the bride on a budget, Best for Bride also rents out wedding gowns and accessories, allowing brides to have a wedding of their dreams regardless of budget. The added bonus of renting some (or all) wedding items is that it eliminates the trouble and cost of storing them later!

Presently, Best for Bride is offering an amazing special for the rental of bridal accessories (veil, crinoline, tiara, jewellery set, headpieces, gloves and shawl) at the price of only $100. More information about this special, as well as prices for the rental of individual items is available here: http://www.bestforbride.com/rental.php.

Best for Bride also sells wedding invitations,wedding décor and wedding favours to fulfill all wedding needs for their clients. Similarly to their other popular locations, the Barrie store will allow brides and grooms-to be to find all their wedding outfits, bridal party wear, wedding cakes, invitations, accessories and favours in one convenient location.

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Couples Planning Winter Holiday Themed Weddings Can Save Money Shopping For Discount Wedding Favors

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, touts the benefits of planning a winter holiday themed wedding. The online retailer carries a generous selection of holiday-themed wedding favors for couples shopping for their 2009 holiday-themed wedding celebration. Planning at least one year ahead can help to defray the cost of wedding favors, and gives the couple a chance to save money with discount wedding favors.

“The holidays can be an especially challenging time financially, but it’s a wise investment to set aside a kitty to find wedding favors during the post-holiday bargain shopping season,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com“End of the year sales not only help retailers clear holiday items and prepare for new inventory, they can be great sources of savings for the wedding budget.”

When buying wedding favors several months in advance of the event, the favors must have a shelf-life so edibles are not always the best choice. While a favorite among wedding guests, chocolate has a tendency to bloom when past its prime, appearing gray and chalky. Choosing the container early and purchasing the edible contents closer to the wedding date is a viable option for those who want to save money while treating guests to edible wedding favors.

In addition to affordable wedding favors, cost-conscious couples can find additional saving on wedding reception tables without looking like they have cheap wedding favors. Festive holiday wedding centerpieces can be assembled without spending a fortune. A candle surrounded by a pine wreath decorated with pine cones and candy canes or silvery snowflake, garland and ornament, can make stunning table decorations.

Another benefit of planning a holiday wedding can be the availability and cost of venues. Sometimes, holiday parties and company gatherings can compete for the desired venue, so there again, planning early is key. Honeymoon destinations during winter can be more affordable, with lower fares than during the peak summer travel season; plan carefully, though, around peak holiday travel dates.

Tan offers additional advice on winter and other seasonal weddings, traditional and non-traditional wedding themes and wedding favors, detailed in her upcoming book, The Bridal Handbook by American Bridal. Geared toward brides and couples newly engaged and planning their weddings, the book will be available for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in January 2009, as well as on AmericanBridal.com.

Featuring holiday ornaments, soaps and candles to do-it-yourself (DIY) favor boxes, and much more, AmericanBridal.com is the world’s favorite online wedding store for a finishing touch that leaves a lasting impression, holiday wedding favor boxes come in several styles such as snowflake favor box (with choice of candy filling), embossed elegance snowflake favor box, pine cone shaped favor boxes, snowflake take out favor boxes, and Eat, Drink and Be Merry favor boxes.

AmericanBridal.com is a popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors, now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

In addition to the holiday and winter collection of wedding favors, AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Majority Of Couples Cutting Back On Wedding Expenses Due To Economic Downturn

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced the results of its 2008 Wedding Planning Survey. The survey gathered information about wedding budgets, location, guest count, wedding party size, and how the economy is affecting wedding planning in general.

A majority of respondents (57%) are having their wedding within the next 2 months, andAmericanBridal.com wishes to thank our many customers who, amidst the frenzy of wedding planning, participated in this survey. Especially since most (90%) are doing the planning themselves, with help from family and friends, and not hiring a professional wedding planner.

Since budgets are a concern for many, It looks like there’s a major spread in wedding budgets. About 25% are planning a wedding on a budget of less than $10,000, while 25% have wedding budgets over $25,001. The remaining 50% are somewhere in between, with 38% reporting in the range of $10,001 to $20,000.

“Location, location, location” as the saying goes, and roughly a quarter (25%) are having the reception at a hotel, and 10% have opted to host their nuptials at a country club. About 6% of couples selected a destination wedding, while a majority (55%) reported they are finding another type of venue to rent for the event and reception.

Size matters for this year’s brides, and by that we mean the size of the wedding party. Most couples (48%) will have between 5 to 8 people, while 37% of respondents have 9 or more bridesmaids and attendants. The trend seems to lean toward larger, more inclusive wedding parties, which leads us to the number of invited guests. Nearly 40% report they will have a guest count of more than 200 and 14% say their total guest count is under 100. A good 34% are inviting 100 to 150 guests.

As for cutting costs and wedding budgets, 68% said they’ve lowered their budgets by $1,000 or less. However, the small cuts they are making may not have a big impact on the actual wedding. Items that brides generally won’t skimp on are wedding gowns, photography and wedding rings.

When asked more specifically about what they would and would not change, most are not significantly altering music, location, reception style, or dress. Instead, they are more likely to adjust the cost of invitations, wedding favors, bridal accessories and gifts for the bridal party (combined, 46% of respondents said they would make changes in these 3 areas).

“The uncertain economic climate doesn’t automatically mean couples must forgo special touches to commemorate the beginning of their life together,” says Shirley Tan, American Bridal founder“We are pleased to help the bride and groom stay within budget with affordable wedding favors, and bridal and wedding party gifts.”

Now that potential money-saving opportunities are identified, look for vendors that offer discount wedding favors whose products don’t look like cheap wedding favors. Economical, do-it-yourself favors add the elegance of custom favors without the price tag. Do-it-yourself favors are popular since they can be customized to suit a particular wedding theme. AmericanBridal.com features a wide selection of do-it-yourself favor supplies from which to choose. Add personalized ribbons to create one-of-a-kind favors that look as if not a penny was spared.

One thing is clear: everyone wants to have a memorable wedding, at a special location with beautiful photos and videos. Families and guests must have a great time with plenty of food, drinks, and even entertainment. After all, a wedding is a time of celebration and a party! Most advised planning early, so it is easier to plan ahead, save money, avoid stress and enjoy the anticipation of the special day. The extra time will help to ensure that no detail is overlooked, and that the couple can enjoy their day without reservation.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, bridal shower favors, bridal shower ideas, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Finding The Perfect Dress To The Best Photographer, This Step-By-Step Book Is A Must-Read For Couples Planning Their Weddings

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors and bridal shower favors, announced today that its founder and Chief Executive Officer Shirley Tan has authored a wedding tips book that includes everything from choosing rings, to locations, finding the perfect dress or the best photographer, selecting a wedding theme and favors to post-nuptial etiquette. The Bridal Handbook by AmericanBridal.com is published by LifeTips Books and will be on sale at Amazon.com late November and on AmericanBridal.com starting January 1, 2009.

“Planning a wedding is a very special time for a couple, so we are very proud to have all of our wedding planning tips available in a complete book,” said Shirley Tan, CEO, AmericanBridal.com“Today’s bride and groom have so many options, which can make it seem overwhelming, but with The Bridal Handbook, following each chapter will assist in making planning a much more systematic and enjoyable process.”

From “Will you marry me” to “I do” and everything in between, The Bridal Handbook starts from the moment a couple announces their engagement and the wedding planning activities begin. Figuring out the cost of getting married in these budget-conscious times helps set the stage for subsequent decisions, such as location, guest list and theme. Readers will find ideas to inspire traditional or unusual weddings, or a special way to thank the wedding party with personalized and themed bridal party favors and groomsmen favors.

Perplexed about how to whittle an enormous guest list without offending anyone or wondering who should pay for what? Tan’s wedding book dives into some of the most stress-inducing aspects of wedding planning and offers tangible solutions to real-life situations: “What if one of my bridesmaids is pregnant?” to “How do I plan my dream honeymoon on a budget?”

Written in a light-hearted, humorous voice, The Bridal Handbook gives advice on avoiding the “Bridezilla” trap and graciously enlisting the help of family and friends. Delegating tasks for wedding-day logistics ahead of time makes for a smoother, more eventful day for the bride and groom. Time-out boxes for the entire wedding party are great ways to thank friends and family for their support while providing a uplifting messages, invigorating mini-spas or a re-energizing snack.

Post-nuptial activities such as honeymoon destination, exchanging and returning gifts, writing thank you letters are included in the last chapter to keep couples on track, even after the big day is over. Throughout the book, Tan offers some of the wedding industry’s best sources, while imparting creative ideas for wedding party gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers and other important members of the wedding festivities.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors,bridal shower favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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