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Genelia D'Souza

Genelia D'Souza

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

Sunny Sara, Arpita Khan & Nitin Goenka

Sunny Sara, Arpita Khan & Nitin Goenka

Maheep Kapoor (in ceres jewellery), Nandita Mahatani and Pinky Reddy

Maheep Kapoor (in ceres jewellery), Nandita Mahatani and Pinky Reddy

Anjali Zaveri trying ceres jewellery

Anjali Zaveri trying ceres jewellery

Tanya Deol & Paulomi Sanghavi

Tanya Deol & Paulomi Sanghavi

Queenie Dhody

Queenie Dhody

Sangeeta Bijlani

Sangeeta Bijlani

Farah Khan & Seema Khan

Farah Khan & Seema Khan

Nitin Goenka, Maheep Kapoor and Navneet Goenka

Nitin Goenka, Maheep Kapoor and Navneet Goenka

Avanti Birla

Avanti Birla

Last night Nitin & Navneet Goenka (think Goenka Diamonds & Jewels Ltd.) launched ‘CERES’, a luxury personalized store at Bandra (West) on Turner Road, featuring a designer collection of high end jewelery crafted from the most unique, rare, finest diamonds & precious gemstones. Pitched at “connoisseurs with a passion for the finer things in life” (aka people with money.)

Champagne and sushi floated around a room full of the fully loaded including Maheep Kapoor, Avanti what-are-you-wearing Birla, Neelam Kothari, Haseena Jethmalani, Tanya Deol, Genelia D`Souza, Nandita Mehatani, Alvira Agnihotri, Arpita Khan, Simone Khan Arora, Poonam Bhagat, Farah Ali Khan (Dj Aqueel`s Wife), Rima Jain, Neeta Lulla, Anu Deewan, producer Farah Khan, Aarti Surendrenath, Sangeeta Bijlani, Zoya Aktar, Chayya Momaya, Rhea Pillai, Queenie Dhody, Seema Khan, Anna Singh, Suriley Goel, Gauri Pohoomull, Neeta Lulla, Paulomi Sanghavi, Shaina NC, Ruksana Eisa, Sharmilla Khanna, Anjali Zaveri, Pinky Reddy, Anita Raj, Neelu Amrohi, Yasmeen Karachiwala, Sunny Sara, Sophie Choudry, Pink Reddy and blast from the past Sangeeta Bijlani.

I’m told that the distinguishing feature of Ceres jewellery is that each piece is lavishly crafted to create ‘the antiques of the future.” What a novel thought and way to think ahead folks. (This kind of reminds me of what the good people at Mutton Street (an oddly titled stretch dedicated to woodcraft in Mumbai) and a lovely shop owner in Kerela once told me. Since people love antiques, they dull finish a lot of new creations to give them that ancient treasure look and even scruff up perfectly polished wood pieces for the unsuspecting (and evidently rookie) collectors that drop in daily.

Once again I marvel (enviously) at the ability of some to live in a bubble so far removed from the recession that they’re probably out shopping right now. Last year the Goenka turnover amounted to Rs.450 crores while this year they anticipate 900 crores from the retail segment. (FYI their product range starts from10 lakhs to several crores.)

They even have a range called “G-Wild” obviously targeting gen next, a one stop shop to provide classic pieces starting from 10,000 to 5 lakhs.

As Arthur Miller once said (Death of a Salesman), “The Jungle is dark but full of diamonds.”

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Amrita Arora’s White Wedding

Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak

Amrita Arora and Shakeel Ladak

Amrita Arora

Amrita Arora

Malaika Arora Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Malaika Arora Khan and Kareena Kapoor

Malika Arora

Malaika Arora

Karishma Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

Karishma Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif

Gauri Khan

Gauri Khan

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon

Actress Amrita Arora wed longtime boyfriend Shakeel Ladak in a lavish Catholic wedding at the Olive, Mumbai earlier this week. They even had a sangeet choreographed by Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan and hosted by Alvira Agnihotri (Salman Khan’s sister).

Amrita was dressed in an off-white vintage wedding gown designed by fashion designer Ashley Rebello, the actress will have her formal Nikaah today and then the couple will then proceed on their honeymoon.

The wedding was attended by Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Ness Wadia, Urmila Matondkar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Farhan Akhtar, Gul Panag, Karishma Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kim Sharma, Amrita Arora, Shakeel Ladak, Raveena Tandon, Malaika Arora Khan, Salman Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Aditi Govitrikar, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Suzanne Roshan Khan, Dino Morea, Neelam Kothari, Alvira Khan, Karan Johar, Sajid Khan and Arbaaz Khan. (Shah Rukh Khan, for obvious reasons, didn’t show up  Salman Khan was there) but Gauri Khan more than made up for his absence. Amrita’s Kambakht Ishq co-star Akshay Kumar and his wife Twinkle were also missing in action.

Amrita’s bridesmaid  and best friend Kareena Kapoor was the first to come and the last to leave. A little birdie tells me Saif was seen holding Kareena very close as if to say ‘Marry me right here, right now, Bebo’. Apparently Wardha and Karishma Kapoor almost didn’t make it to the wedding as the zippers of both their gowns came undone just as they were about to leave home. Fortunately, fresh zips and damage control allowed them to make it, unfortunately they missed they actual wedding.

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