Geneva, Nov 14 (AP/UNB) — Christie's sold the "Pink Legacy" diamond at auction Tuesday for more than $50 million including fees, saying it's a new world record price per carat for a pink diamond.
Christie's said renowned jeweler Harry Winston was the buyer. The auction house had expected to fetch $30 million to $50 million for the nearly 19-carat, rectangular-cut stone, the largest fancy vivid pink diamond that it has ever put under the hammer.
It was the standout offering at Christie's fall jewelry auction in Geneva. The standing-room only ballroom broke into applause after the auctioneer struck down a hammer price of $44.5 million. That excludes the standard "buyer's premium" and other fees.
All told, the diamond went for $50.375 million, including the fees.
The stone once belonged to the Oppenheimer diamond family, and Christie's says it's among the most chemically pure gems — with little if any nitrogen.
Rahul Kadakia, Christie's head of international jewelry, said the auction house has sold only four diamonds weighing more than 10 carats of the same color in its 251 years in business.
Christie's chairman for Europe, Francois Curiel, called the stone the "Leonardo da Vinci" of diamonds.
"The 'Pink Legacy' ... brought this extremely high price of $50 million — so $2.6 million per carat, which is a world record price for a pink diamond. The previous record was $2.1 million, but for a much larger stone: Over 50 carats," Curiel said.
Christie's sale kicks off two days of jewelry auctions in Geneva. On Wednesday, Sotheby's will auction jewelry once owned by French Queen Marie Antoinette that hadn't been seen in public for 200 years.
Dhaka, Nov 13 (UNB) – A five-day Iranian film show ended in Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna cities on Tuesday.
Iran Cultural Centre in Dhaka and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) jointly orgnaised the film show at BSA premises of the district units.
The festival got appreciable response with satisfactory presence of audiences, said a press release of Iranian cultural centre.
Earlier on November 8, as part of series film festival, the five-day Iranian film festival started in the districts where audiences were able to enjoy films without any entry fee.
Arteixo, Spain, Nov 12 (AsiaNet/UNB) - Zara's global women's men's and kids' collections will be available online to customers in Bangladesh from November 8.
Zara will launch online sales through a dedicated worldwide online platform - http://www.zara.com/ww - thus bringing its fashions to customers in Bangladesh.
The http://www.zara.com/ww platform, which is available in English and
French and is supported by dedicated customer service similarly available in
both languages, will feature new items from the women's (including the Woman,
Trafaluc and Basic lines, men's and kids' collections twice a week.
The simple and intuitive browsing experience, configured for all devices, has been designed to enable the brand's collections to be shopped as entire looks, thanks to its Corner Shops, which organize the ranges into curated collections(such as the current Dress Time theme), and Stories, which take shoppers on a visual tour of capsule collections and trends.
Zara customers in Bangladesh will also be able to shop the brand's Join
Life range,a selection of garments made from more sustainable raw materials and using more environmentally-friendly processes. In this specific section of the http://www.zara.com/ww platform, consumers can find out more about the stringent sustainability, environmental and quality standards that govern everything Zara does in order to generate value beyond profits.
Zara website (http://www.zara.com/ww)accepts widely used online payment methods such as PayPal, as well as all the main credit cards. Orders will be processed in euros, grossed up by the corresponding delivery and customs charges, and fulfilled from Zara's online platform in Spain; they will be received within three to seven days.
Zara targets shoppers who are looking for the latest fashion trends at responsible prices. This vision, coupled with the feedback obtained from customers from our stores and online platform all around the world, fuels the constant updating of its collections. Twice a week the stores receive new fashions embodying the standards of quality and responsibility that set Zara apart.
The brand was born in 1975 in La Coruna, in the northeast of Spain, where it is still headquartered today. It currently has stores in 96 countries and sells its fashions in 202 markets.
Dhaka, Nov 10 (UNB) -Wrinkles are a natural part of getting older, and there’s no reason to dread getting them. Also known as rhytides, they are folds in your skin. As you age, your skin produces less of the proteins collagen and elastin, which makes your skin thinner. Environmental exposure, dehydration, and toxins can all make your face more likely to develop pronounced wrinkles.
But if you’re especially concerned about your skin’s appearance as you grow older, you may want to speak to a dermatologist.
“If you’ve engaged in lifestyle habits, such as, smoking or excessive drinking, you should be particularly vigilant of your skin’s appearance, as you may be at risk for skin cancer,” says Dr Amitabh Kumar, skin specialist, Max Hospital, Delhi.
If you would like to slow the signs of aging on your face, these are some natural ways to do so:
1. Limit your sugar intake
The medical community continues to learn more about how sugar consumption can affect your health. Sugar in your body sets off a process called glycation, and advanced glycation end products (called AGEs) are no good for your skin. “AGEs break down the collagen in your body and, over time, can make you look older. AGEs have also been linked to food preparation methods such as grilling and frying (as opposed to baking and boiling). Limiting your intake of sugar and oil-rich foods will help your face retain its youthful shape,” says Dr Kumar.
2. Cut out smoking
Smoking is bad for your health for lots of reasons, but many people don’t know that it can age your face prematurely. One fascinating study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons compared the faces of 79 pairs of identical twins in which one had a smoking habit and the other one didn’t. The striking differences in their ages made it clear that smoking does affect the condition of the skin on your face. “Even being around secondhand smoke can increase your risk for many cancers and other diseases, and it may hurt your skin as well,” says Dr Sanjay Aggarwal, a general physician at Holistic Healthcare Centre in Delhi.
3. Wear sunscreen
Most people know that wearing sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) over 30 can help prevent skin cancer. A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sunscreen also helped delay the signs of aging. “While you probably already wear a sunscreen for work, wearing a moisturising sunscreen on your face each day is a habit that will benefit your skin health long-term,” says Dr Kumar.
4. Up your antioxidants
Skin is exposed to more oxidative stress -- an imbalance between free radicals or oxygen-containing molecules and antioxidants in your body -- than any other organ in your body. That means your skin can be damaged just by going through your daily routine. Antioxidants help fight the damage that oxidative stress does to your cells, says Dr Aggarwal. While you can purchase a sunscreen or wrinkle cream enriched with antioxidants, there are plenty of other ways to get that antioxidant boost for your skin. “Eating a diet rich in blueberries, grapes, and spinach will help you get healthy skin from the inside out and could reduce the signs of premature aging,” says Dr Kumar.
5. Wash your face regularly
“Taking that extra three to five minutes to wash your face at night is never a waste of your time. When you leave make-up on your face over night, your skin absorbs most of it. Since most cosmetics contain harsh chemicals, this contributes to the oxidative stress your skin faces,” says Dr Aggarwal. That’s why taking an extra three to five minutes to wash your face at night is never a waste of time. Avoid vigorously scrubbing your face. Use a water-based wipe to cleanse your face before you go to sleep, and finish your wash with some cold water splashed across your skin.
Dhaka, Nov 9 (UNB) – The second day of Dhaka Literature Festival 2018 filled the premises of Bangla Academy on Friday with the same amount of enthusiasm from visitors thronging the venue and attending speakers and authors as the first.
Celebrated Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, originally from Nepal, graced the festival in an insightful dialogue with the award-winning actress-turned-director Nandita Das titled ‘Breaking Bad’ at the Abdul Karim Shahitya Bisharad Auditorium that event co-director Sadaf Saaz moderated.
Das and Koirala crafted very different paths within India"s vast, multi-layered film industry, which allowed them to bring a whole range of perspectives into the discussion.
In the 90-minute session they engaged on everything from various contemporary social ills to the much talked-about #metoo movement.
At the inception, the Sadaf Saaz lauded both actresses remarking about their career with ample contribution from the audience.
Manisha Koirala, who recently battled cancer, talked about her upcoming book on the matter titled "Healed" releasing in 2019.
She also remarked about her acting career saying "I always wanted to break the stereotypical women character in Bollywood."
"To me satisfaction is much more meaningful than profit," she added.
When asked about her current status in acting she said that she wants to "venture outside known territory" regarding the character in cinema.
Nandita Das spoke about her emergence as an actress and also as a director, mentioning her first directorial venture ‘Firaaq’ (2008) which was critically acclaimed.
“When we (women) direct movies we never consciously think about making it as a woman," she further said.
Later though she pointed pointed to certain stereotypes in the industry that tend to stick to one’s identity as a woman, never letting them forget that society constantly evaluates them on feminine attributes.
Manisha resonated with her and stated that women make up just 20% or less of the cinema industry.
Manisha Koirala expressed her hope regarding the current generation upon being asked about the crude commercial portrayal of women.
"Slowly, a few male and female directors are making movies that don’t cast women stereotypically," she said.
Regarding the current #metoo movement which took the world by storm, both the speakers expressed grave concern.
"There should be a serious enquiry into each case and if found guilty there should be punishment," Manisha said.
But women should not always play the "poor me" card, she further remarked.
Nandita echoed the same sentiment while appreciating the young women daring to come forward to challenge the status quo.
"Today’s younger women are more intolerant to any kind of harassment which is a great thing," Nandita added.
After the dialogue they engaged in a Question and Answer session that saw many comments and queries emerging from the rapt audience.