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Vintage Starlet! Supplier Showcase: Kerry Blu

August 10th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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You all know by now that this wedding blogger loves a bit of twinkle. That’s why I was in my element chatting to the lovely Kerry Blu about her range of vintage inspired bridal sparkle.  One word: GORGEOUS.  Get involved Brides Up North! 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog : Kerry Blu

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How did Kerry Blu begin? What is your background?

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I’d always been passionate about jewellery and fashion ever since I was a young girl. My mother used to design and make her own jewellery. She held lots of jewellery parties when I was a child which I always thought was awfully glamorous and I suppose that is where my interest stems from. I turned my passion into a hobby during my early teens when I dabbled in designing fashion jewellery for myself. It wasn’t until I started planning my own wedding in 2006 that my interested turned from fashion jewellery to bridal jewellery. Not long after my wedding I set about starting my business. Since I started the business it has expanded to not only include handcrafted items but also off the peg select manufactured items and various wedding accessories like handcrafted ring cushions and gents cufflinks. Our ranges continue to expand with us adding more and more designs to the site on a weekly basis.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog : Kerry Blu

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We heard that you won an industry award recently?

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Yes we were absolutely thrilled to win the category for best bridal accessories at the North West Wedding Awards 2011. These were hosted by County Brides and attended by over 200 wedding professionals from around the North West at a swanky awards ceremony in Cheshire. What made it even more special was that we were voted for by our customers and brides-to-be and it was lovely also to meet some of our Twitter supplier friends on the night who were also nominated.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog : Kerry Blu

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What products are available from Kerry Blu. Tell us about them?

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We have a large range of bridal tiaras, wedding headbands, bridal hair accessories including pins and combs and costume jewellery. Over the years our range has expanded to include not only handcrafted designs but also off the peg designs to suit all styles, tastes and budgets.

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Which are your best selling products?

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Our Vintage Starlet Collection has been hugely popular since we launched it two years’ ago. We have continued to add more items to the collection but our Vintage Starlet Side Headband is probably our best selling headband for brides.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Kerry Blu

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Are some of your products handmade?

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Yes. A large proportion of our products are designed and handmade in the UK and made to order. These designs can be modified to our customers’ requirements whether they require a different metal finish, crystal colour or extra pearls/crystals, earring fittings etc. All our handcrafted designs are made with Swarovski crystals and pearls and finished in sterling silver.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Kerry Blu

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Which products would you recommend as bridesmaids gifts?

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Our Divine Pendants and earrings are extremely popular for bridesmaids’ gifts. A lot of our brides ask for these to complement their colour scheme. We think these are appealing because they are a simple contemporary design and something that can be worn after the event. Our Tinkerbell personalised bracelets are also very popular for flower girl gifts.

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Which celebrity would you like to see wearing your products and which piece would you choose for them?

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Somebody beautiful and uber talented like Katherine Jenkins would look stunning wearing our Vintage Starlet Hair Comb.

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Which product would you recommend for a bride on budget or if money was no option?

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Our show stopping Vintage Chic Comb is only £44.00, is bang up to date in the style stakes and looks much more expensive in real life. It’s also something that can be worn again to a black tie event or something similar. If money were no object then our Vintage Luxe Headband at £110.00 (our most expensive piece on the site) would be our firm favourite. This looks beautiful, especially on dark haired ladies.

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What sets Kerry Blu apart from other bridal online accessory boutiques?

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We listen to our customers and don’t just get swept along with the latest craze in the bridal industry. Although we are very passionate about the current trend for all things vintage we also realise that there are still brides who prefer a more traditional hair piece or tiara or a simple diamante headband. We like to think we have something on our site that will appeal to all tastes and budgets.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Kerry Blu

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How far in advance to Brides up North need to order your products?

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For our handcrafted made to order items we say allow 21 days but most items will be despatched well before then. Off the peg items are despatched 1-3 days from order.

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How can Brides up North get in touch or find out more?

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You can email us on sales@kerryblu.co.uk, browse the website www.kerryblu.co.uk and to keep up to date with all our news, offers, fashion tips and giveaways you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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What’s next for Kerry Blu?

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We are continuing to expand the range of products available to our brides and lots more exciting lines will be added over the coming months. We have recently designed a “boutique” collection of head pieces for trade only which isn’t available to purchase on the website and are currently looking for more UK bridal shops to stock the Kerry Blu brand.

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Love Diamonds? I Do! Eye Candy Interview: DiamondLove

July 17th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I’m a bit of a magpie for sparkly pretty things, and the DiamondLove collection by Assuntina Oliva certainly fits that description.  Today on the wedding blog I chat to DiamondLove all about their gorgeous range of vintage inspired genuine designer jewellery at affordable prices. 

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Fancy a bit of Sunday shopping?!

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Tell Brides Up North a bit about DiamondLove

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Successful bespoke jewellery designer Assuntina has always had a dream to design beautiful ready to wear jewellery under her own brand name for everyone to wear and enjoy.

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Finally this dream has come true in DiamondLove by Assuntina Oliva. A sophisticated, timelessly elegant, vintage inspired range of jewellery dedicated to the bridal/wedding sector.

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DiamondLove is about timeless love, love that is unconditional and permanent.

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Receiving and giving pieces of ‘DiamondLove’ means that you truly love and are loved. Each piece plays its special part in your journey of love throughout your lives together. By adding diamonds we are symbolising the permanence and strength of that union. All our jewellery is designed in house by us.

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 Brides Up North Wedding Blog: DiamondLove

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What pieces make up the DiamondLove collection?

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The DiamondLove range consist of Engagement rings, Wedding rings, Eternity rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, Tiaras, Sash Brooches, boutonnieres (Lapel flower holders) and cufflinks and is constantly growing.

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Tell Brides Up North about your Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings?

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Our Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings are all individually made. When you place an order for a DiamondLove ring you have to wait 6 weeks for it because this is how long it takes to make and hall mark each one.

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All the rings are available in 18ct white and yellow Gold, Platinum or Palladium. Every DiamondLove ring has at least one diamond in it and in some cases, especially for the gentlemen the diamond is discreetly placed on the inside of the ring allowing for the classic look of a plain wedding band but with a touch of chic that the diamond brings to it.

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What inspires the DiamondLove designs?

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When Assuntina worked on the DiamondLove range she let her imagination run riot through all the classical intense detail of Victoriana, Baroque elegance and topped it off with a swirl of Edwardian grace. Assuntina’s signature style of scroll work and elegant detail is very evident in this range especially the pendants and earrings with lots and lots of glitter and sparkle in the stones and timelessly beautiful fresh water pearls that she has used, making these pieces perfect for all types of wedding and bridesmaids dresses, just have a look and you’ll see that there are plenty of pieces to choose from that will match perfectly.

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Assuntina’s inspiration comes from an absolute passion designing jewellery. This is evident in the intensity with which she works. Her research is constant and involves all aspects of peoples’ lifestyles and fashion tastes both current and historical. Nature, Architecture food, art, in fact anything that catches her eye as unique is a potential source of inspiration. Assuntina is an “out of the box” type of thinker, by this I mean she does not limit her research purely to jewellery trends and tastes as she considers this to be limiting. She is never without a pen and sketch book even when she travels as far afield as China or the USA her sketch books and pens go with her.

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Who is the DiamondLove bride?

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I can sum up in one word what the DiamondLove bride is like, “beautiful”. The DiamondLove team truly believe that on their wedding day all brides look beautiful and our ambition and satisfaction is to be part of that of that celebration of her beauty on her wedding day through our jewellery. So in answer we say all brides are DiamondLove brides and we design everything with them in mind.

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What are your best selling pieces?

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To be honest all our jewellery is very popular but I would say at the moment our strong sellers have pearls in them.  Pearls are very popular at the moment especially for earrings and neckwear and having a pair of pearl set earrings and a matching pearl necklace is proving a “must have”.

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Would a DiamondLove piece make a good bridesmaid gift?

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All our pieces make excellent bridesmaid’s gifts. We sell a lot of our jewellery purely for that purpose but for bridesmaid’s gifts I would strongly consider what you will be wearing on your wedding day and match the gifts to that.  So if it’s pearls for you think about pearls for them as well. If it’s stud earrings for you maybe it should be stud earrings for them as well.  I’m sure that you will know your bridesmaids tastes in jewellery quite well so make sure that they will like and be happy to wear what you choose.

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What would be your top tips for choosing your wedding jewellery?

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When we exhibit at the Wedding shows we are asked for lots of advise from brides to be about what to wear as jewellery on the big day because nearly all of them are doing this for the first time and are coming to the shows and to us for inspiration and ideas and the questions and requests are many and varied but I think the strongest tips are:

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Make sure that you have got your dress before you choose your jewellery for the wedding day, this is important for coordinating your look.

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Decide how you want to have your hair for your wedding day, up, down, long, short. All of these things can affect which type of pendants and earrings you should wear for example if you have your hair down you may need to have bolder earrings that  can be seen easily or maybe you will need greater emphasis on the pendant if you’re going to wear one.

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Think about the jewellery that your bridesmaids are going to wear, it can look very chic and elegant if the jewellery you wear relates to that of your bridesmaids and entourage and don’t forget having some jewellery pieces for the groom and best man as well, subtle things like cufflinks or cravat pins and tie clips that relate to your jewellery is very nice.

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Don’t neglect your wrists, a graceful, delicate bracelet can really stand our, even if your dress has sleeves like Kate Middleton’s.

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Finally, DON’T leave buying your jewellery till the last minute. If you do you will nearly always get something that you don’t really like and will struggle to make it match your dress also you will probably never wear it again which is something you can do with our jewellery

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What celebrity bride would you like to see wearing DiamondLove?

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We’d love to see lots of celebs wearing our jewellery on their wedding day but for home grown stars I think Cheryl Cole would be a must have because she is a classic beauty.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Our prices are very reasonable for such lovely designer jewellery, with prices ranging currently from £29.99 up to £67.99 for earrings and pendants which considering they are all diamond set is pretty good.

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or find out more?

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We’re always contactable by either e-mail ao@diamondart.co.uk or visit the website at www.diamondart.co.uk or give us a call on 0845 688 5004. you can even visit the design studio by making an appointment if you want us to design something bespoke for you.

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Is there anything else that Brides Up North should know?

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We are currently working with Wedding TV to do a series of programmes about how to accessorise for brides on their wedding day. The show is coming out later in the Year and we are hoping to be filming some time in August!

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Have you entered the wedding blog’s special DiamondLove Giveaway yet?  Click here to enter and these beauties could be yours…

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Friday Fabulous! LK Bennett

June 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Friday Fabulous LK Bennett Lola Clutch

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Carry your touch up make-up in this little beauty.  Isn’t it darling?

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LK Bennett Lola Clutch £175

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Psst!  North East Brides – did you hear about the wedding fair taking place this Sunday 5th June 2011 at newly refurbished The Park Hotel, Tynemouth from 12pm – 4pm? There will be over 30 exhibitors and the first 50 brides through the door will take home a special goody bag…

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Winner! Wedding & Baby

May 31st, 2011 | Julia Braime

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I recently rocked this amazing headpiece by Wedding & Baby in my Rock The Royal Wedding photo shoot with Assassynation (click here to see those fantastic shots again).  I am so happy that the lovely Louise at Wedding & Baby has agreed to give “Eleanor” away to one of my blog readers.

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Wedding & Baby Eleanor

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You’ll be sparkling on your wedding day…

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Jane

May 22, 2011 | This is beautiful for a really pretty vintage look. I would love to win. This website is great! xXx

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Well done Jane! Please contact Brides Up North to claim your prize.

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Be speedy – some of the fabulous competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza are still open.  Visit this wedding blog daily at noon to see if you are a winner with Brides Up North.

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Winner! By Gina Jewellery

May 30th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North loves these gorgeous bridal headbands from my Featured Supplier, By Gina Jewellery.  I am over the moon to be able to give one away to a Brides Up North reader today.

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By Gina Lullaby

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It’s your lucky day…

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Helena

May 22, 2011 | Hadn’t seen any headbands I really liked and could imagine wearing on my wedding day… until I saw these – how pretty!

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You are going to look amazing in one of By Gina’s stunning pieces Helena! Please contact Brides Up North to claim your prize.

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Be speedy – some of the fabulous competitions in the Right Royal Giveaway Bonanza are still open.  Visit this wedding blog daily at noon to see if you are a winner with Brides Up North.

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2011 By Gina Jewellery

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Can you keep a (Glitzy) Secret?

May 14th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Shhh!

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Glitzy Secrets, Brides Up North’s latest Featured Supplier, and stockists of amazing bridal accessories for you and your best gals should be every brides best kept secret.  The fabulous online treasure trove has got a brilliant burlesque competition to share with you Brides Up North this Saturday morning in May.

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But first, a special treat for Brides Up North readers!

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 For 15% off the whole Glitzy Secrets range just enter the promo code bridesupnorth6722 at checkout. 

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Glitzy Secrets are proud to announce the launch of their Burlesque Jewellery Range, now available!

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Victoria Swan, designer and director at Glitzy Secrets says: The art of ‘Burlesque’ has undoubtedly seen a revival over the last decade.  Most recently this has been seen with the Sony Pictures movie, ‘Burlesque’, featuring Cher and Christina Aguilera.   Associated with glamour and drama, modern-day icons such as Dita Von Teese have shown how influences of Burlesque inspired style can be carried into the everyday wardrobes of women to beautifully accentuate their curves and femininity.  Also key in achieving the classic Burlesque style are bold accessories, with a focus on statement burlesque jewellery bejewelled headpieces, gem encrusted chandelier earrings and sparkling ornate cuffs.
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To celebrate, Glitzy Secrets are running a competition on their website which closes tomorrow!  Get over there and get involved!!

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Glitzy Secrets Burlesque

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Five lucky winners will receive the following set of Burlesque themed goodies worth over £250:

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   – A Sony Camera
   – A £50 Glitzy Secrets Gift Voucher
   – A Burlesque DVD
   – A Copy of the film’s soundtrack

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Click here to enter.  What are you waiting for?

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Glitzy Secrets Burlesque

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The must-have web address in the little black books of Fashion Editors and Stylists, Glitzy Secrets has gained a growing celebrity fan base with celebrities choosing to wear the collection at many glamorous events and awards ceremonies. Bowing to customer demand, Glitzy Secrets costume jewellery and hair accessories are now available from stockists around the UK and Ireland.

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