Jewellery exhibition off to a glittering start

A model showing a necklace at a jewellery exhibition in Vijayawada on Friday.

A three-day B2B exhibition Grand Abhushanam, organised by the All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (AIGJDC), was inaugurated at SS Convention Centre here on Friday by Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Narayana said about four lakh people were dependent on making jewellery for their livelihood, and the government was committed to extending support to them and entrepreneurs looking to invest in the sector.

The government was giving incentives to attract investments, which jewellery makers should utilise, he said.

AIGJDC vice-chairman Anantha Padmanaban said road shows were conducted across the southern region in the last few weeks and jewellers were excited to visit the exhibition.

AIGJDC director Ashok Kumar Jain said the exhibition was intended not only to boost the trade in small towns and cities, but connect manufacturers from small towns with local trade bodies. Exhibition co-convener Rajesh Rokde, A.P. Bullion Gold, Silver and Diamond Merchants’ Association president K. Vijaya Kumar and chief organiser Shantilal Jain were present.


Fashion: Put off by skimpy swimwear? Here are some fabulous alternatives

M&Co Plain Black Tummy Control Stripe Swimsuit, £30

AS WE creep ever closer to holiday season (yay!), you may have noticed – in the shops or on social media – that swimwear seems to be shrinking.

Swimsuits come with deep V-fronts and ludicrously high-cut legs, while bikinis are becoming even itsy-bitsier and teeny-weenier than ever.

That’s all well and good if you’re a tanned and toned celeb or a leggy model but what if you don’t want to flash your bum or side-boob or tan lines when you head off on hols?

The good news is, among this year’s swim collections, there are actually a lot of amazing options for those of us who need more a few inches of Lycra and strings or straps to keep our bits in place.

You can find a lot of great options online, and save money on your purchase with the use of a Shein discount code.

From sleek swimsuits to flattering bikinis, these stylish pieces will make you look and feel amazing this summer.


We all know black clothes are super-slimming, and the same applies to swimwear, especially if you opt for a swimsuit that comes in a suck-it-all-in fabric. Black mesh is also great for giving the illusion of a bikini but with more support.

:: M&Co Plain Black Tummy Control Stripe Swimsuit, £30

:: Bluebella Aegean Swimsuit, £32

:: Fat Face Phantom Textured Swimsuit, £38


There’s a reason high-waisted bikinis are so popular with plus-size fashion bloggers – they’re fantastic for emphasising your waist and skimming over that lower midriff area that so many of us are keen to keep under wraps. Floral patterns and cute ruffle details make these two-pieces even prettier.

:: Simply Yours Halterneck Bikini Top, £26, and matching Strappy Bikini Brief, £16, Simply Be

:: Boux Avenue Adelaide Sling Bikini Top, £30, and matching High-waisted Bikini Briefs, £18

:: Junarose Ruffle Detail Halterneck Bikini Top, £28, and matching Bikini Bottoms, £24, Navabi


Blessed in the breast department? You’re probably going to want to steer clear of soft-cup triangle bikinis. Instead, look for bra-like tops with padded cups, underwiring and thick straps for ultimate support (and sexiness).

:: (Left) Curvy Kate Blue Stripe ‘Ahoy’ Halterneck Bikini Top £36, and matching Fold Over Bikini Briefs, £20; (Right) Curvy Kate Blue Stripe ‘Ahoy’ Balcony Bikini Top, £36, and matching Tie Side Bikini Briefs, £20, Swimwear365

:: Figleaves Riptide Underwired Twist Plunge Bikini Top, £28, and matching Riptide Twist Brief, £18

:: Lipsy Alice Bikini Top, £32, and matching Briefs, £20, Next


Combining candy colours and simple silhouettes, these bright swimsuits will help you channel modern pin-up glamour. Look for wrap and drape detailing that skims and slims.

:: Simply Yours Plait Bandeau Swimsuit, £35, JD Williams

:: Seaspray Lagoon Ombre Draped Strapsuit, £78

:: Matalan Stripe Tie Front Swimsuit, £16


30 Summer Shoes You Can Buy At Shopbop Up to 70% Off

If you’re anything like us, the last few days have been spent frantically planning how you’ll blow your hard-earned money on the many Fourth of July sales looming ahead. And the sales this year are no joke, almost everyone is slashing their prices. We’re the first to admit we’d dedicate a chunk of time to perusing a good ‘ol fashion discount, but even we realize how difficult it is navigate the rough sale waters without missing out on a few true gems.
The secret? It all comes down to narrowing down to a specific sale and dedicating your complete focus to it. Even better — pick a specific categories to peruse at a time. Having a strategic game plan will eliminate the inevitable stress that comes from seeing too many red price tags in a row. In this case, we’re breaking down the best discounted summer shoes that Shopbop has to offer. With a big blue banner claiming “up to 70% off”, now is the time to act.
Whether you’ve been on the lookout for mini wedges in highlighter hues or that one perfect pair of minimalist slides to wear all summer, we wouldn’t advise a dilly-dally approach. Instead, check out our no-shoe-missed guide to Shopbop’s summer sale for a quick and easy shopping experience that’s sure to get you the most bang for your buck.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sofie Slides, $426.00 $298.20, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Scott City Sandals, $550.00$385.00, available at Shopbop.
Dolce Vita Adalea Slides, $100.00$60.00, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Simon Slingback Pumps, $485.00$291.00, available at Shopbop.
Loeffler Randall Tilly Demi Wedge Slides, $350.00 $182.00, available at Shopbop.
Dolce Vita Kai Block Heel Sandals, $130.00 $91.00, available at Shopbop.
Mother of Pearl Alfie Slides, $450.00$315.00, available at Shopbop.
Loq Franca Pumps, $495.00 $371.25, available at Shopbop.
Coclico Evil Tea Slingback Pumps, $385.00 $269.50, available at Shopbop.
United Nude Terra Sandals, $250.00$175.00, available at Shopbop.
Coclico Ooh La La Block Heel Mules, $350.00 $245.00, available at Shopbop.
Tabitha Simmons Sophia Platform Slides, $495.00 $198.00, available at Shopbop.
Trademark Adrien Tie Slides, $478.00$286.80, available at Shopbop.
Stuart Weitzman Ava City Slides, $365.00 $255.50, available at Shopbop.
Dorateymur Harput Slides, $445.00$311.50, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Hanson City Sandals, $450.00$360.00, available at Shopbop.
Monse Glen Plaid Racing Stripe Mules, $850.00 $510.00, available at Shopbop.
Giuseppe Zanotti Clear Strap Slides, $535.00 $321.00, available at Shopbop.
Reike Nen Pointed Toe Mules, $338.00 $202.80, available at Shopbop.
Ganni Ebba Sneakers, $350.00$326.04, available at Shopbop.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Martina Mesh Slides, $437.00 $305.89, available at Shopbop.
Trademark Taos Slides with Toe Strap, $228.00 $159.60, available at Shopbop.
Rebecca Minkoff Anden Peep Toe Flats, $125.00 $62.50, available at Shopbop.
Parme Marin Flip Thong Sandals, $264.50 $185.15, available at Shopbop.
Senso Bec Slides, $189.00 $132.30, available at Shopbop.
Parme Marin Simple Strap Slides, $276.00 $193.20, available at Shopbop.
Loq Marti Mules, $455.00 $318.50, available at Shopbop.
Tibi Hanson City Sandals, $395.00$316.00, available at Shopbop.
Dear Frances Bare Knot Slides, $375.00 $225.00, available at Shopbop.
The Fix Roxanne Mules, $89.00$53.40, available at Shopbop.