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All that glitters
by Jamuna Sundaraj

If gold and silver have lost their shine for you these days, how about adding diamonds and sapphires to your collection?

Perhaps, a little more sparkle for that wedding or just a touch of exquisite on your finger? If you're interested (which we know you already are) head down to Marina Bay Sands this weekend where the bling and sparkle welcome you.

The Singapore International Jewellery Show 2012 makes its eighth presentation here in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands with more than 200 jewel exhibitors from all over the world, including two very large contingents of jewellers from India and Sri Lanka who will present their latest collections.

More than US$100 million (S$127 million) worth of jewellery will be on display and sale during the four-day event that ends on July 15.

Celebrating with the theme Glittery Inspirations, the highlight of the show is the largest natural blue sapphire ever showcased here on our shores. The 99-carat beauty possesses the intense cornflower blue hue and is certified to have an extremely rare combination of size, colour and reflection.

Presented by DeGems (Singapore), it is associated with Ceylon Sapphires which are known for their quality and colour, from the lightest to the darkest of blue hues. These gemstones are symbols of wisdom, love and royalty and have been part of the crown jewels of the United Kingdom.

Also, for the first time in Singapore are members of the Gassan family from Amsterdam who are here to launch the Gassan 121 diamond, the world's first diamond to have 121 facets.

A regular round brilliant cut diamond has 57 facets. With an additional 16 facets at the top and 48 more at the bottom, the Gassan 121 diamond sparkles in spectacular fashion.

Complementing the vibrancy and glitter of the exhibits is an exciting line-up of event highlights that include fashion shows, lucky draws as well as talks from industry experts on trends and fine jewellery.

The Singapore International Jewellery Show 2012 is on at the Convention Centre Halls of Marina Bay Sands from July 12 to 15.

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