Inaugural Premier Pavilion to feature at FACETS this year…

The 26th edition of Facets, Sri Lanka’s main gem and jewellery show, to be held from the 1st to the 4th of September, will witness the launch of a Premier Pavilion.

This -first of its kind- pavilion will feature meticulously crafted fine jewellery collections and branded timepieces from six of the leading local jewellery houses, namely: Careems, Chatham, Colombo Jewellery Stores, Lalitha Jewellers, Natural Sapphires and Sifani. The collections will showcase Sri Lanka’s: vast variety of magnificent gemstones; the workmanship of highly skilled local artisans; and its unique and trendsetting international designs.

The brands represented in the Premier Pavilion each have a rich and unique history as industry pioneers and leaders in Sri Lanka. Some have grown to become renowned international and regional brands. Careems, one of the oldest jewellery houses in Sri Lanka founded in 1890 has established itself as a premier destination for the fine quality gemstones and exquisite hand crafted jewellery. Shezard Careem, Managing Director of Careems and fourth generation in his family business stated he was “delighted to be a part of the inaugural premier pavilion at FACETS 2016, as it would enable leading jewellers to differentiate their finer product ranges in an exclusive environment befitting the modern luxury consumer”.

Chatham, Sri Lanka’s first multi-brand luxury watch store is the authorized retailer for a select group of the world’s finest watch creators such as Cartier, Chopard, IWC, Jaeger-Lecoultre, Omega & Rolex. Each of the carefully selected brands available at Chatham come with a 100 plus year pedigree and are considered the most magnificent of Swiss timepieces. In addition to the extensive collection carried in-store customers can also order any watch from the range offered by these brands.

Colombo Jewellery Stores (CJS) founded in 1922 has continued to grow on its founder’s vision of selling fabulous gems and fashionable jewellery while never compromising on quality. The trendy Swiss watch brands Hublot, Bvlgari and TAG Heuer have been added to the CJS portfolio and will all be showcased at the Premier Pavilion. Lalitha Jewellery has been a proud participant of the rich history of Sri Lankan jewellery since 1951. From humble beginnings of the early years, it has carved for itself a distinct name in the region with its fine creations, establishing a distinct standard and style of work. They have also perfected the art of bespoke jewellery with design innovation and crafting excellence and their enduring pieces have been handed down for generations, having marked milestones in many a woman’s life over the last six decades Natural Sapphires is an exclusive Sapphire Jewellery brand from a fourth generation family company reputed for sourcing, cutting and producing some of the finest Sapphires the world has seen. Natural Sapphire is in control of every process: from sourcing the finest quality Royal blue sapphires to maintaining the highest quality cutting standards; using the best modern and traditional jewellery manufacturing techniques; and operating its flagship store all under one roof in a state of the art facility in Colombo.

Sifani Jewellers since its establishment in 1970 has dazzled the international stage; and the company’s jewellery has adorned a glittering range of celebrities and personalities. Lauded and acclaimed in global fashion and lifestyle publications such as Harpers Bazaar, Queens, Hello, Conde Nast, Tattler and Vogue London, Sifani is making a name for itself in the world’s fashion hotspots and markets. Sifani’s outstanding jewellery is available from its own exclusive store in London, UK and in over twenty-five overseas retail stores in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Malaysia. The Sifani Gallery is its flagship store in Sri Lanka. In addition, there are branches located in Kandy, Colombo, Galle, Tangalle and in selected hotels in Sri Lanka. Located at the main lobby of the BMICH, the pavilion will display a tantalizing array of Sri Lanka’s finest jewellery masterpieces and exceptional designs promoting what the country has to offer to the world’s luxury markets; as well as a range of exclusive international high-end watch brands.

The FACETS organizing committee announced that over 200 local and foreign exhibitors are slated to showcase their gem and jewellery products at the event. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to grace the four-day international event. FACETS is organized by the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association (SLGJA) -the apex private sector organization representing the interests of all industry- in collaboration with the government’s National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

Frank Ocean beats Dolly Parton and David Brent to UK number one…

Frank Ocean’s long-awaited new album has gone to the top of the UK album chart, beating Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervais’s comedy alter-ego David Brent.
The R&B singer’s album Blonde has had combined sales of 32,000, including 26,000 downloads, since being released via iTunes and Apple Music on Saturday.
That put it ahead of Dolly Parton’s 43rd studio album Pure & Simple.
And David Brent’s Life On The Road, the soundtrack for Gervais’s new film of the same name, is at number three.
Canadian rapper Drake is at number four with Views, followed by Bob Marley, whose compilation Legend is a non-mover at number five.
ELO, Christine and the Queens, Adele, Justin Bieber and Coldplay have all shuffled down the top 10 to make space for the three new entries at the top of this week’s chart.
But after two weeks at number one, Stockport pop band Blossoms have plummeted to number 13.

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in 3rd ODI!

Australia beat Sri Lanka to take a 2-1 lead in the five match One Day International series, at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium today. Batting first Sri Lanka were bowled out for 226 in 49.1 overs, and Australia reached the target in 46 overs, for the loss if eight. George Bailey top scored for Australia with 70 which Matthew Wade scored 42.

Happy Birth Anniversary Michael Jackson!

The King of Pop who became the most successful singer in American history for releasing award-winning hits like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.”

He became the breadwinner in his house at the age of six for singing with the family group, The Jackson 5 alongside Jermaine Jackson, Tito Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Jackie Jackson.

His 1982 album Thriller became the best-selling album in history, winning thirteen Grammy Awards and having thirteen songs reach #1 on U.S. charts.

He got married to Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley, on May 26, 1994. After their divorce on January 18, 1996, he married Debbie Rowe on November 14, 1996.

He is the older brother of pop diva Janet Jackson.

Madonna surprises 400 fans in New York!

Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday.

“She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary,” a source told.

Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress, Madge appeared to be all smiles as she interacted with her fans. “Surreal Moment! At the MOMA!! So nice to watch a film in a museum. So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film!” she captioned a photo on Instagram.