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The World’s Most Expensive Gemstones

The World’s Most Expensive Gemstones

Reading Time: 3 minutesFor thousands of years, people have used gemstones in a variety of different ways to add color and more aesthetic value to a range of jewelry pieces, such as necklaces, rings, and earrings. Although today, some gemstones are more popular than others, there is a wide range of other gemstones to choose from which are both stunning to look at and expensive to buy. Whether you’re planning to buy something lovely for yourself, are looking for an expensive gift for that special someone, or simply want to learn more about the most expensive gemstone options, we’ve got all the information you need right here. Diamonds Arguably the most popular gemstone of all time, diamonds are also one of the most expensive to purchase. Hugely durable and long-lasting, diamonds are also the traditional choice for engagement rings and other jewelry items which tend to hold more sentimental value. Although most people…

Best Fragrance news from 2013

Best Fragrance news from 2013

Reading Time: 3 minutesLuxury Activist takes the holiday season as an opportunity for thematic flashbacks on the most popular articles, news and reviews of 2013. In this session, find here the 5 most popular articles in 2013 in Fragrances. Good reading. When the Fragrance industry forgot to say no… The Fragrance industry has a hard life for the past 10 years. Economic crisis? No, not at all. Here we are talking about all the forbidden ingredients black-listed every year and that start making things impossible. In one side we have official institutions and NGOs fighting against Fragrance ingredients supposed to be allergens and in another side, the Fragrance industry…. silent as tomb. Check here our review: http://luxuryactivist.com/beauty/when-the-fragrance-industry-forgot-to-say-no Supremÿa Yeux La Nuit by Sisley, Efficiency while sleeping All wise people will tell you: “nothing better than a good night sleep”. Sisley this fall helps you maximize your night time to give you the best…

Russian luxury market, so what?

Russian luxury market, so what?

Reading Time: 4 minutesSince the ex-URSS disappeared, many brands, especially the luxury ones have been trying hard to make good money in Russia. Luxury shopping malls in Moscow were built and many companies installed subsidiaries there. But are they really making money? What is the luxury industry status today? Until the global financial crisis of 2009, the luxury market in Russia was at the level of 8 billion dollars. Since the crisis stroke hardly many of the industrial countries, this figure was basically cut by half. Since the Perestroika, luxury brands developed and built local owned-flagship stores in Moscow and St. Petersbourg. With the crisis many shops closed down and most of the brands regrouped in one or 2 big department stores. 2 main luxury import distributors have shared the internal market since the 90’s: Mercury and Bosco di Ciliegi. They also control TSUM and GUM department stores respectively. But the real problem…