“Fruity” Jewelry by Famous Designers


Fashion designers never cease to amaze us with their ideas and creations. This time they came up with fruity dazzling jewels, perfect to wear in summer. These unique fashion accessories can complement any summer outfit or completely transform it.

Cherry Statement Necklace by Gucci

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Banana Diamond Earring and Banana Ring by Natasha Zinko

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Banana Necklace by Dolce & Gabbana

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Mythology Pineapple Pendant by Annoushka

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You may also like these stunning seafood designs embellished with colored gemstones and precious metals:

Lobster Amulet by Annoushka

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Sushi Jewellery by Nadine Ghosn

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World’s most costly spices


Spices and herbs help you to enhance considerably the flavor of food. They allow you to create tasty and delicious meals easily. Also, let it not be forgotten that spice trade played an important role for Asian, African and European civilizations.

We invite you to discover the amazing world of the most expensive spices:

1. Saffron – the price per kilogram varies from $1,100 to $11,000, depending on the quality. It is cultivated mainly in Iran, India, Morocco, Spain, southern France, Italy and Greece. There are at least two reasons why saffron is so highly valued. First, the cultivation of this spice is a labor-intensive process. Second, saffron has a unique flavor and aroma.

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2. Vanilla – can cost up to $500-600 per kilogram. Vanilla cultivation is a long and labour intensive process. It takes 6-9 months from pollinating to harvesting, and every production stage needs to be completed by hand. Vanilla is highly appreciated for its flavour and scent, as it is used not only in food industry, but also in fragrance manufacturing. About 80% of the world’s natural vanilla is produced in Madagascar.

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3. Cardamom – costs about $60 per kg. It is considered the third-most expensive spice in the world. Cardamom is cultivated in India, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Nepal. This spice is valued for its aroma and flavour.

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4. Cloves – the price for this spice ranges from $7 to $20 per kilogram. This spice is native to Indonesia, and is also cultivated in India, Pakistan, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. Cloves are very popular in a number of different cuisines, particularly in Asia.

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5. Cinnamon – costs about $10 per kilogram. It is cultivated in Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, Indonesia and China. There exist many cinnamon species, like Chinese or Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon is considered to be “true” cinnamon, it is less common and more pricey.

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Other expensive spices include black pepper, turmeric and nutmeg. All these spices are valued for their rich and unique flavors.

Exports of Australia


Australian economy is one of the largest mixed market economies in the world, with a GDP of AUD$1.62 trillion as of 2015.

Australia is the 19th-largest importer and exporter in the world. The economy of Australia is dominated by its service sector, comprising 68% of GDP.
Economic growth is largely dependent on the mining sector and agricultural sector with the products to be exported mainly to the East Asian market.

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Top 10 exports of Australia are:

1. Ores, slag, ash
2. Mineral fuels including oil
3. Gems, precious metals
4. Meat
5. Cereals
6. Machinery including computers
7. Inorganic chemicals
8. Optical, technical, medical apparatus
9. Aluminum
10. Electrical machinery, equipment

Davos 2017 Results


2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting took place in Davos, Switzerland last week. It had more than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries, including over 50 heads of state or government who participated in some 400 sessions.

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The meeting has planned to focus on four key leadership challenges for this year: strengthening global collaboration, revitalizing economic growth, reforming capitalism and preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Let’s see what the Davos meeting has achieved. 10 main results of Davos 2017:

1. Environment
There was a new public-private tropical forest fund launched. It will raise $400 million by 2020 to help small-scale farmers in forest areas protect five million hectares of land by reducing deforestation and peatland burning, whilst also improving their crop productivity.

2. China to green its economy
Chinese Ministry of Environment Protection signed an agreement with the World Economic Forum for a major five year collaboration on advancing China’s environmental policies, including bringing together leading companies, innovators and investors to help China accelerate a circular economy, promote the sharing economy, take further action on climate and oceans; and to harness new fourth industrial revolution technologies for the environment.

3. Tackling plastics pollution
Over 40 industry leaders including some of world’s largest consumer goods, retailers and recycling firms, and governments endorsed a detailed action plan to increase global reuse and recycling rates for plastic packaging from its current 14% to 70%.

4. Jobs
Signatories to the Forum’s New Vision for Arab Employment project said they have now helped re-skill 250,000 people since 2013, and are now targeting 1 million current and future workers.

5. Digital security
The World Economic Forum will join with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Kaspersky Lab and other partners to develop a playbook for governments to strengthen their capabilities in preparing for, responding to and recovering from cyber-attacks.

6. Health
Officially launched at Davos 2017, a new innovative public-private alliance – CEPI – will start on working to outsmart epidemics by creating vaccines that can be released quickly once an outbreak occurs.

7. Impact of automation
39 top technology companies, agreed to launch a consortium for the skilling of workers displaced by automation. The consortium will provide resources and capital and, through the World Economic Forum platform, focus initially on the financial services and manufacturing sectors.

8. Inclusive growth
A new Inclusive Growth Report was launched which will present a new global index to provide a richer and more nuanced assessment of countries’ level of economic development than the conventional one based on GDP per capita alone.

9. Responsible business leadership
The Compact for Responsive and Responsible Leadership – a roadmap for business leaders to pursue sustainable long term growth and opportunity, reached a tipping point at Davos with the first 100 compacts signed by leading companies.

10. World leaders ideas
Xi Jinping became the first ever Chinese president to participate in the Annual Meeting. In a major speech at the opening of the meeting, he said that globalization should not be blamed for the world’s problems and called on the international community to press ahead with implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Henry A. Kissinger told participants in the closing session that Xi Jinping’s speech at the opening session was “of fundamental significance”.

Top 10 Most Visited Countries


The United Nations World Tourism Organization compiles special tourism rankings released three times throughout the year. Countries are ranked by the number of international visitor arrivals, by the revenue generated by inbound tourism, and by the expenditures of outbound travelers.

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Here are the top 10 most visited countries in the world 2016:

1. France
2. United States
3. Spain
4. China
5. Italy
6. Turkey
7. Germany
8. United Kingdom
9. Mexico
10. Russia