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Jennifer Dawes: Delicate and Bold

Jennifer Dawes Delicate and Bold Oval White Diamond Ring

We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Jennifer Dawes to our collection of engagement rings. Her work is soft, delicate, bold and artistic. And no one can make that combination work better than her. Jennifer's rings have diamonds with playful hues and gold…

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We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Jennifer Dawes to our collection of engagement rings. Her work is soft, delicate, bold and artistic. And no one can make that combination work better than her. Jennifer’s rings have diamonds with playful hues and gold bands with subtly warm finishes. As a result, Jennifer Dawe’s delicate and bold rings mange to be both fun and approachable.

If you’re looking to experience the beauty of boldly designed and delicately finished engagement rings, then visit our collection of Jennifer Dawes rings today. #JenniferDawes

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Beautifully Crafted Todd Reed rings

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We all have a story to tell, don't we? Of course since none of us actually have the time to tell everyone our story one by one, we opt instead to express ourselves in the simplest way possible...our style. To me, there is nothing more…

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We all have a story to tell, don’t we? Of course since none of us actually have the time to tell everyone our story one by one, we opt instead to express ourselves in the simplest way possible…our style. To me, there is nothing more expressive than the style of jewelry we wear and how we wear it. Jewelry is personal. Very personal. The color, the texture, the material, the craftsmanship…each and every facet of a piece of jewelry helps us to add to that story about ourselves. Who are we? What inspires us? What do we carry with us with through our every day?

At our one year anniversary, I wanted to give my wife a handmade gift that expressed a continued promise of the day we were first married. I wanted something that exuded exquisiteness. Something that was both delicate and bold. A piece of jewelry that would last lifetimes. When I finally gave her that gift…she felt nothing could’ve expressed that continued promise better than the Todd Reed ring I gave her that day.

It’s richness, it’s boldness, it’s colors, it’s brand…they all tell a story while sitting on my wife’s hand. That ring speaks volumes about her strength, her colorful nature and her unique style. It tells everyone who sees it that she’s one of a kind and unapologetically a purveyor of finer things. So what’s your story? And how do you plan on telling it?

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Cosmic Jewelry That is Out Of This World at Artfully Elegant

The stars and planets have been an inspiration to artists for thousands of years. From the mystery of the unknown to the beautiful twinkle of the stars in the night sky. Here at Artfully Elegant, the artists that we carry all have their own unique…

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The stars and planets have been an inspiration to artists for thousands of years. From the mystery of the unknown to the beautiful twinkle of the stars in the night sky.

Here at Artfully Elegant, the artists that we carry all have their own unique inspirations behind them as well. Here are some jewelry pieces that we carry with a cosmic inspiration you can wear every day!

 

STERLING SILVER AND RAINBOW MOONSTONE NECKLACE

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This sterling silver and moonstone necklace brings out an elegant beauty that can be worn in the most casual or high end setting. $240 Find it Here.

 

SILVER ASTROLOGY CHARM BRACELET

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Patterned after a Swiss calendar from the 1900’s, this constellation charm bracelet is hand stamped on the back with a 3-letter abbreviation of its corresponding sign. $36 Find it HERE.

 

THREE WISHES STARDUST NECKLACE

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“Imagine being given three wishes. place this necklace close to your heart, close your eyes, wish big and believe!” We’ve all wished upon a star, now bring that wish as close to you, and your heart, as possible with the delicate necklace. $51 Find it HERE.

 

METEORITE RING

Chris Ploof

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This amazingly brilliant ring is made from an actual meteorite. Show that special someone that you love them to the stars and back with a piece of universal history. The meteorite is estimated to be over four billion years old. Talk about love that withstands the ages. $1,915 Find it HERE.

 

BLACK & GOLD LARGE TEARDROP EARRINGS

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These dainty little earrings that emulate a nighttime sky are appropriately created by a company called ‘Tiny Galaxies’ which is exactly what they are. They’ll dangle ever so delicately, letting you bring a tiny milky way wherever you go! $30 Find it HERE.   

 

So whether you want a piece of actual celestial rock to wear on your finger, an ode to your own star sign, or just a pretty little bauble inspired by the sky, stop in to Artfully Elegant, we’re out of this world!

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Artist Spotlight: Stephen Estelle

Stephen Estelle jewelry is the epitome of simplistic beauty. With beautiful gemstones, classic cuts, and a timeless look, you’d be surprised to discover how versatile his pieces can be for numerous styles and fashions.Stephen spent several years in Europe where he studied art and literature.…

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Stephen Estelle jewelry is the epitome of simplistic beauty. With beautiful gemstones, classic cuts, and a timeless look, you’d be surprised to discover how versatile his pieces can be for numerous styles and fashions.artistStephen spent several years in Europe where he studied art and literature. While there, he discovered a profound interest in the language of the Tibetan people and with Buddhism. He found himself so drawn to the culture that he decided to move to Nepal. There he spend five years studying Buddhist philosophy. While there, he also began learning from a local family who, for four centuries past, had made the jewelry for the maharajahs in Nepal.

necklacesThis time and dedication, along with a deep understanding being the meaning of each piece shines through. He starts each piece by creating a complex design, and then removing the elements he finds unneeded and unnecessary. With an understanding that the smallest detail needs to be of the utmost quality, Stephen leaves each of his pieces finished knowing that the smallest and finest details create a whole and astounding piece.ringsSo the next time you are in the need for a fantastic piece of beautiful jewelry, check out Stephen Estelle’s work here at Artfully Elegant. Not only is is classic and timeless, but it’s construction was well thought out from start to finish.more rings

Browse our selection here.

 

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Artfully Elegant Has Much More For Your Wedding Than Just Rings

  We know rings! Engagement rings and wedding bands from Artfully Elegant have adorned the hands of countless men and women on their specialist of days. We pride ourselves in helping you from start to finish to get just the right jewelry for that special…

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We know rings! Engagement rings and wedding bands from Artfully Elegant have adorned the hands of countless men and women on their specialist of days. We pride ourselves in helping you from start to finish to get just the right jewelry for that special day.

Bu, did you know that we have more than just jewelry for your wedding at Artfully Elegant? It’s true! We carry a wide selection of fun wares that can be incorporated into many aspects of your big day. Here are just a few:

Chalkboards

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Chalkboards are all the rage these days, and can be used for a variety of purposes at both the ceremony and the reception. From letting your guests know about your signature cocktail, to displaying inspirational quotes, and even just for welcoming guests at the entrance. We have a multitude of fun chalk boards to help inspire you to find a fun way to incorporate them into your planning! Find it HERE!

Groomsmen Gifts

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Need a fun and quirky gift for your groomsmen? Nothing is more practical than being able to pop open a cold one with this fun little tool. The best part? It slips right into your wallet so it will always have it on hand (well,,, in pocket!) It’s the gift that keeps on giving. We also carry a fun selection of flasks, too. Find them HERE!

Bridesmaid Baubles

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The gals in your wedding party work hard for you. Why? Because they love you. Show them how appreciative you are with a piece of jewelry that speaks just to them. From earring to necklaces, bracelets and even watches, we have something to match any personality. Plus, you can decide what they will wear for the big day to go with that hot pink taffeta dress you picked out for everyone. Browse women’s jewelry HERE!

Mr. and Mrs. Mugs

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Want to add a little extra sweetness to the dessert part of your meal? While your guests enjoy their coffee and cake with the standard coffee cups provided by your venue or caterer, you and your new spouse can sip your cappuccino in style with Mr. and Mrs. mugs that you can enjoy for years to come. Find them HERE and HERE

Grow Your Own Flower

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Need a fun place setting/gift for your guests? Or maybe a low key and sweet little centerpiece? We’ve got you covered with these fun MicroGiardini grow your own flowers! Start them before the wedding to have a perky little pot of flowers, or give them to guests as a way to grow their own. We also carry other grow-your-own varieties of herbs, too! Find them HERE!

There is Only One Happiness

love picTell your guest right from the start why they are all gathered for the special day with this simple and true statement. Display it next to the guest book, hang it above your bridal table, or just set it in a special place that will catch everyone’s eye to remind them why everyone is together on the special day. Then display in your home to always remember the best day of your life (so far!) Find it HERE!

Ring Dish

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The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was beyond a blast.. but now, you are exhausted! You just gotta get out of those heels, wash off that makeup, and get all that hairspray out of your hair. Make sure you have a safe place to put those rings if you plan on taking them off for a few minutes. Keep them safe and in style in this adorable little Mr. and Mrs. dish that will carefully watch over that beautiful jewelry. Find it HERE!

So while you plan for your wedding, don’t just look to us for the perfect ring of your dreams, make sure you also check out our other fun items to make your wedding all that more extraordinary!

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Artist Spotlight: Chris Ploof Designs

When one thinks of fine jewelry, precious metals and stones typically come to mind. Platinum, gold, diamonds, silver, and other glittering colorful stones that mirror every color of the rainbow quickly materialize in our imaginations. While these are indeed amazing materials used in most jewelry, there…

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When one thinks of fine jewelry, precious metals and stones typically come to mind. Platinum, gold, diamonds, silver, and other glittering colorful stones that mirror every color of the rainbow quickly materialize in our imaginations. While these are indeed amazing materials used in most jewelry, there are other materials that are just as incredible that emit a strong, powerful, and masculine vibe.

Chris Ploof Designs, located in Massachusetts, works with other quality materials to create amazing pieces. Everything from stainless steel damascus to mokume gane, which is a traditional Japanese method of mixing metals to replicate a wood grain pattern. From these materials, Chris and his team make amazing quality jewelry that will last for ages.

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Damascus Ring made of Stainless Steel

One unique material his team also works with is meteorite. The galactic rock that has potentially traveled light years in space and thrust onto our planet can be crafted into amazing pieces of jewelry for any occasion. Chris’s meteorite pieces are exclusively made from the Gibeon Meteorite in Namibia, a meteorite that is estimated to have landed on the planet 30,000 years ago and is estimated to be about four billion years old.

However, not all pieces of the meteorite are all usable due to varying metal content, elemental wear, and natural imperfections. Chris’s team takes it a step further and for every piece that is suitable for jewelry, Chris Ploof Designs rejects an average of 20 for every one that they choose.
From there, the ancient material is combined with platinum, gold or mokume gane to form an extremely strong and durable ring. The Gibeon meteorite also contains nickel so it’s naturally stain and rust resistant.

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Gibeon Meteorite Ring with Gold Lining

According to their website: “Each ring begins with Chris in the design process, and every single item he designs also passes a review by our skilled artisans. As a team, we make sure that, in addition to being beautiful, the design will stand the test of time.”

So if you or a loved one are looking for a beautiful piece of jewelry, head on over to Artfully Elegant or www.artfullyelegant.com, we’re the only official carrier of Chris Ploof Designs in the entire state of Pennsylvania. Not only do we carry an amazing selection, but we can help you get a custom piece that is just right for you! See more designs here!

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Damascus Wood Grain Ring made of Stainless Steel

 

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Proposing to your Man on Leap Day? We Have Something Special For You

Did you know that some say leap year is the one time a woman can propose to a man? You don't remember that marginally okay movie from 2010 where Amy Adams decides that she's going to travel to Dublin and propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day,…

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Did you know that some say leap year is the one time a woman can propose to a man?

You don’t remember that marginally okay movie from 2010 where Amy Adams decides that she’s going to travel to Dublin and propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who is proposed to on leap day must accept it, or face some sort of penalty?

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Well, the tradition is thought to date back to the 5th century, when, legend has it, an Irish nun called St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. source

Well, if you didn’t and you were looking for an excuse to pop the question, we have you covered.

Artfully Elegant is offering selected Chris Ploof rings at 20% off through Monday, February 29. Simply head to this link and use the code LeapDay at checkout.

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Now is the time, ladies. Besides, he probably doesn’t need some ancient Irish curse to make him say yes. Good luck!

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The Most Romantic Spots in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

It's no secret that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is one of the prettiest cities that we know of. And, of course, we have a bit of a bias since our brick and mortar location is right on Main Street in "The Christmas City." In honor of Valentine's…

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It’s no secret that Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is one of the prettiest cities that we know of. And, of course, we have a bit of a bias since our brick and mortar location is right on Main Street in “The Christmas City.”

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to take a look at some of our favorite romantic spots in the city we call home. Also, don’t be shy, last minute Valentine’s Day shopping is nothing to be ashamed of. Come in and we’ll help you out.

Now, onto some romantic spots!

Payrow Plaza (Behind the Bethlehem Public Library)

Payrow Plaza has a unique view of the Fahy Bridge leading toward the southside which makes it a wonderful spot to spend some time and watch the evening go by. The plaza area is also home to a garden in the summer, a Unicorn statue (for real) and a Japanese garden.

All of those are great spots to pop the question! Hint, hint.

The Hoover Mason Trestle


The Hoover Mason Trestle only opened last year and it’s already standing as one of the most breathtaking locations in the Lehigh Valley. There has already been at least one wedding on the structure, which allows visitors to walk along the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces while also learning about the history of the company.

it’s also probably a great place to pop the question. Hint. Hint.

Sand Island


It’s a bit cold to be down near the Lehigh River this weekend, however, this little spot on Sand Island Park is not only perfect for pictures year-round, but it’s also a great spot to ask your special someone for their hand in marriage.

Hint. Hint.

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There’s something about taking a walk through history. The Sun Inn is one of the oldest inns in the United States and is open for self-guided tours on the weekends. It’s also a great place to get married after you get down on one knee and, well, you know…

Sitting Outside at Tapas on Main

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There’s just something about eating al fresco in downtown Bethlehem that brings out the romance. One of our favorite spots to dine outside is at Tapas on Main at the corner of Main and Wall streets. Their sangria is delicious and the constant swirl of people walking by into the evening hours makes it a great place for conversation.

Oh, and it’s a great place to maybe ask someone to marry you. Hint. Hint.

Historic Hotel Bethlehem


There aren’t many more romantic locations than Historic Hotel Bethlehem (right next door to Artfully Elegant!)

Whether your getting married, out on a date, or just taking a stroll through the city, the hotel is one stop you need to make.

So, what did we miss? What are some of your favorite romantic spots in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?

 

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Artfully Elegant Announces Proposal Contest Winner and Runners Up

After reading through many fun entries and making what seemed to be an impossible decision, we are please to announce the winner of its inaugural Proposal Contest, which was held over the holiday season. Kathleen Matson, of Palmerton, won a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card for…

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After reading through many fun entries and making what seemed to be an impossible decision, we are please to announce the winner of its inaugural Proposal Contest, which was held over the holiday season.

Kathleen Matson, of Palmerton, won a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card for use in our store at 451 Main St., or online at www.artfullyelegant.com for her touching submission.

Matson and her husband, Gary, were married in 1996 after they mutually selected the same engagement ring at different times within the same store.

Matson’s story, listed in full detail below, was selected by Artfully Elegant President and CEO, Ranjeet Pawar, and Director of Operations, Erin Panner, as the best of a very poignant bunch.

“It was extremely difficult to choose,” said Panner. “We received so many great stories, it was tough to go through and pick just one, however, Kathleen’s stood out just a little bit more to us. We’re very happy to announce her as the winner.”

Stories were solicited on social media and submitted through Artfully Elegant’s website. Entries included stories that featured the Bethlehem Public Library, Lehigh University, Bethlehem’s Rose Garden, the movie “Back to the Future” and many more.

A full listing of stories can be found at this link:

Runners’ up were Samantha Kleinrock of Bethlehem and Dan Maher of Bethlehem, respectively.

Below, we will list the top three submissions.

Kathleen Matson’s submission:

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“In January of 1996 Gary suddenly lost his wife of 30 years after a heart surgery. He spent a lot of his day mourning her loss. His daughter Nicole and I were friends and she invited me to go with her to cook meals, hang out, go out, etc.

“(Gary and I) became friends too. In April, we went on a date and began spending more time together. In June, Gary asked my father for permission to propose. In July, he learned he would need heart surgery

“He procured a beautiful ring and told me the line from “When Harry Met Sally” (my favorite movie) ‘When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want that to start as soon as possible.’

“It was no fancy location, his kitchen in Bucks County, but he got down on one knee and proposed. Of course, I said, ‘Yes.’ During his surgery recovery, we picked invitations, venues, caterers, and set the date for December 7. After he left the hospital we went to pick wedding bands.

“We each went to a different side of the store. We both met in the middle and said, ‘I found the perfect ring.’ He asked me to take him to my selection first. He looked and said it was nice.

“Then we were off to see his selection. He took my hand and led me across the store to another jewelry counter and pointed to his selection. It was the exact same ring. Just another sign we were meant to be.

“Along the way to our wedding we encountered the naysayers who thought he was too old or I was too young, he didn’t wait long enough, and other reasons why we shouldn’t marry. On December 7, 1996 we did marry and this Monday celebrated 19 happy years together. No fancy location but a genuine heart-felt proposal that led to a long and happy marriage.”

Dan Maher’s submission:

This is a thing that happened today with Elizabeth Wiggins.Thank you, Ben Hallman for recording this moment for us.#real

Posted by Dan Maher on Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 2013. I pretended to be a German performer named Dieter Bieber. I helped run some of the games at Oktoberfest. In most of my downtime, I chatted up this nice girl named Elizabeth, who also worked the event. We both lived in very close social circles, but this was our first time actually talking to each other.

The entire time I stayed in character, pretending to be from Dusseldorf. A few days later, I talked to her on Facebook for the first time as Dan. I told her my friend Dieter said I should ask her out. For the next two years, I continued to insist Dan & Dieter were two separate people.

October 2015, as Dieter, I just finished hosting the Dachshund races at Oktoberfest. Elizabeth sat in the crowd. We were about fifty feet away from the exact spot where we had our first conversation. The sun was out. This was a happy moment. I planned to do this the following weekend, but the moment felt so right.

I asked the audience to stick around for one more thing. I told them I spent the past two years with Elizabeth and that I wanted more years with her. All the years with her. I stepped down from the faux-mountain from where I oversaw the adorable dog races. She stepped out from the stands. I asked her to be my wife. She let me know she was in a pretty committed relationship with Dan. I told her we were the same person. October 2016, we’re getting married. Fortunately, our friend Ben Hallman happened to video-record the dog races and just kept rolling.

Samantha Kleinrock’s submission:

 

Around this time last year I started to have a feeling that might now fiancé, Chuck, might propose! But winter came and went and in the spring, we spotted a house that we really loved (in walking distance to Artfully Elegant!) and decided to move forward with buying a house together.

In April, we closed on the home and started painting and making changes before finally moving in May. Our weekends were filled with family coming to help and projects and to-do lists.

And then, one random Saturday after breakfast at Blue Sky and a trip or three to Lowes, Chuck said “Hey, you should go get some pictures of the house printed for your grandparents anniversary party tomorrow.”

I said “yeah you’re probably right” and walked into the kitchen where he was standing looking through my camera.

I started to look through the before and after pictures until I came to a random picture of a bookshelf I knew I didn’t take, followed by another, and another…. and then a picture of Chuck holding a poster saying “Sam” and the next “will” and so on.

I truly blacked out and just remember ending up sitting on the kitchen floor wearing a ring he designed around a diamond from his mothers engagement ring.

We think he officially asked and we I think I officially said yes. After drinking some champagne, we called our families and not one single person answered the phone. We eventually got to share the good news and surprised my extended family in a toast to my grandparents marriage at their 65th anniversary party the next day. We’re getting married in Bethlehem at the Ice House in October!

Artfully Elegant would like to personally thank the dozens of submissions. We will continue to share them throughout the year to inspire others on their own proposal endeavors.

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Tell Us Your Engagement Story for a Chance to Win a $100 Gift Certificate

  How Did You Get Engaged? Every married couple has a proposal story. While some may include the Eiffel Tower or Grand Canyon, some simply include a special dinner and the final courage to pop the most important of questions. Artfully Elegant wants to hear…

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How Did You Get Engaged?

Every married couple has a proposal story. While some may include the Eiffel Tower or Grand Canyon, some simply include a special dinner and the final courage to pop the most important of questions. Artfully Elegant wants to hear your proposal stories, no matter how big or small, for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

We will share these stories with others through our blog, website, social media, and local media as a way to inspire others looking for a great engagement idea. Be sure to visit ArtfullyElegant.com for a full array of beautiful engagement ring ideas and wedding band options.

Fill out the form below in full. We’ll announce the winner of a $100 Artfully Elegant gift card in the beginning of January 2016.*

  • By submitting, you allow Artfully Elegant to share this story on their blog, Facebook, or other public forums.

 

*By submitting your story, you agree to allow Artfully Elegant to share it on their social media, website, and with third parties.

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