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Jewelry Experts Pick Out 7 Trends for 2016

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Millennial tastes are driving some popular looks.

A few industry experts spoke with National Jeweler and identified trends to watch for in the year ahead. The report notes that younger consumers are gravitating toward two looks in particular: mixed metals and unique stones. “As bridal trends continue to evolve to suit today’s millennial couples, mixed metals have been and will continue to be a top trend, especially when it comes to rose gold mixing with white gold and platinum. … Also speaking to today’s younger consumers are unique gemstone shapes or cuts, both in colored stones and diamonds, it says.”

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Jewelry Store Robbed After Manager Tied Up in Home

The thieves made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in goods.

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Icebox Diamonds & Watches in Atlanta was burglarized after masked gunmen tied up a jeweler and his wife in their home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Cobb County police stated that on Friday, the culprits forced the couple into their home and took the store keys. The couple were not injured.

(The Journal-Constitution described one of the victims as the owner. Other news sources, including WXIA-TV, described him as the manager.)

Two men broke into the Buckhead store at about 11:30 p.m. and spent about two hours there, authorities said. They took jewelry and watches from safes.

The stolen goods were reportedly worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in total. Cash and jewelry were also stolen from the jeweler’s home, according to the Journal-Constitution.

Icebox Diamonds & Watches is known for its celebrity clientele, the newspaper notes.

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Singer Katy Perry Shows Off $5M Engagement Ring — Take a Look

It’s one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings ever.

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Singer Katy Perry took to Instagram to show off the engagement ring she got from actor Orlando Bloom when he popped the question on Valentine’s Day.

E! News explains that “the flower-shaped sparkler appears to have a pink center stone with diamonds surrounding it, along with a gold band.” She captioned the photo “full bloom.”

Andrew Brown, president of WP Diamonds, told E! News that the ring is likely worth about $5 million.

He said it appears to feature “a 4-carat fancy vivid pink oval shaped diamond.” That stone is encircled by eight white diamonds.

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The estimated price tag would put the ring among the most expensive ever worn by a celebrity.

Perhaps the most expensive celebrity engagement ring ever was the $10 million sparkler given to singer Mariah Carey in 2016 by Australian businessman James Packer. Their engagement was called off that same year.

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Former Jewelry Store Worker Accused of Stealing $222,000 in Merchandise

She allegedly took the goods to pawn shops.

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A former employee of a jewelry store in Rhode Island has been accused of stealing from the business.

Yanill C. Taveras, who worked for Ross-Simons Jewelers in Cranston, was arrested on a charge of embezzlement/fraudulent conversion, WPRI reports.

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Authorities say 121 pieces of jewelry were missing from the store, with a total value of more than $222,000.

Taveras, 26, came under suspicion when it was discovered that she had pawned jewelry at local shops, WPRI reports.

Police say they’ve recovered about $105,000 in jewelry so far.

Taveras has been released on surety bail. She’s set to appear in court on April 25.

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