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Guild of Jewellery Designers

Feeling rather smug to say, I have been invited by the Guild of Jewellery Designers to take part in their Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition.  This exhibition takes place on Saturday 9th March, perfect for choosing a beautiful gift in time for Mothering Sunday.

The exhibition takes place in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's Waterhall, and will be showcasing over 40 of the leading contemporary and innovative designer/makers in the UK.  As an added sweetener, you could also win a fantastic prize of £100 worth of designer jewellery.

In other news... I stumbled across a beautiful jewellers last time I was in Leamington Spa.  I popped into Sydna Jewellers to say hello, and was delighted to find they were already fans of my work, so without much further ado, I found myself a new stockist.  It's a lovely shop, and Leamington Spa is well worth a visit, so do pop in if you ever get the chance.

Festive Fairs

Well, the Centrepiece show is now in full swing, and open until 8 or later every day until 23rd December, perfect for all those last minute purchases!

This weekend, I'll be taking part in the Marketplace Craft Fairs at the mac.  They'll be quite a few jewellers from Centrepiece there, such as Andrea Jones, Charlotte Lowe, Jo Candlish, Louise Mary Designs, Miranda Sharpe and Sian Elizabeth Hughes.

Due to popular demand

I had a lovely time up in Manchester last week, exhibiting at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.  There was plenty to see, with a whole host of talented designer makers from a wide variety of craft disciplines.  It got loads of rave reviews, check out a couple here...

Whilst at the show I noticed that one of my ranges in particular was getting a lot of attention, and it wasn't even on my website.  This glaring error has now been amended, and my Petaliform range in silver is now available, here on my site.


For more details on ordering the Silver Petaliform range or any of my other jewellery, please visit my How to Order page, or go direct to the category that most interests you.  You can choose from Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, and Cufflinks, as well as my Revolve, Petaliform and Linear jewellery ranges. 

New shiny things!

Ooh, new shiny things for sale!  I've now added to my collection, with my 'Twisted' range, consisting of the Twist Arch Collection and the Twist Continuum Collection.  Inspired by traditional forging techniques, but made using cutting edge computer aided design techniques, the designs feature twisted sections of silver, highlighted by sweeps of gold.

These elegant pieces are, as ever, made in the U.K. in Birmingham's beautiful Jewellery Quarter.  For sale are a selection or earrings and pendants, but keep an eye out for new rings being added to the site.




Also, I've just got the news that I've been selected for the Handmade Contemporary Craft Fair at Stafford's Shire Hall on the 2nd & 3rd November, so if you want to check out the new designs in person, feel free to pop in and see me at this, or any of my other upcoming events.


Seek & Adore and Treasure

Exciting news, my jewellery can now be found at the wonderful Seek and Adore.  If you're shopping online and are looking for fantastic handcrafted designs, this is a great place to go.

Also, Seek and Adore will be showing at this year's 'Treasure' at London's magnificent Somerset House.  I'll be showing through Seek and Adore, along with a whole bunch of other jewellers, selected for our unique contemporary jewellery designs.

There's a special offer available if you book online at using the promotional code Jeweller241.

I'll be adding lots more jewellery onto Seek and Adore's website in the run up to Treasure, please take a look, and see all the fantastic work they have available.

It runs in the family

Is creativity inherited?  Here's some evidence to suggest it runs in families anyway, with the Gow Family Show! With work from myself, Bob Gow (my Dad), Catherine Gow (my Mum), Jennifer Blant (nee Gow, my Aunt), Neil Gow (my Dad's cousin), across a variety of discipline's, and Private View music played by Dave Blant (my Uncle), Ben Blant (my Cousin) and Ben Smith (my boyfriend).  To top it all, the music played will be by Niel and Nathaniel Gow, a father and son famous for their Scottish folk music, but not necessarily related to us, and my Uncle Dave, who obviously is, although not genetically.  Complicated, eh?

Probably the ‘creative’ gene was inherited from my Great Grandfather Charles Albert Gow who was a successful cabinet maker in Liverpool. The gene was present in one son Herb who was a skilled, modest carpenter, then in his son Neil Gow, who has been successfully wood sculpting for many years, with numerous commissions in Monmouth and elsewhere. Neil lives near Stroud.



In the next generation the creativity was apparent in his son Duncan Gow who was a creative sculptor.


 Two of Neil’s cousins are siblings Jennifer Blant and Bob Gow.  Jennifer is a visual artist with broad talents in drawing, painting and photography, land based sculpture in glass work.  She has led many community arts projects around the Peak District where she lives.


Bob Gow has been developing his interest in wood turning and has a good eye for the possibilities inside a piece of wood. His finishes are smooth and tactile.

Bob is married to Catherine Gow, who paints in a variety of media, draws and photographs. They live in Somerset.




Last but not least is me, Bob and Catherine’s youngest daughter, a professional jewellery designer/maker who trained and works in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

For some years at family gatherings we have talked about the fun of mounting an

exhibition which is now becoming a reality. There are other talented artists within the family who are too modest to be joining us.

The show, entitled 'Relativity' can be seen at Ilminster Arts Centre, from 14th -26th May 2012.  For more details, including venue address and opening times, please visit

Out and about

Once again my jewellery is going out and about around the country.   First up is an exhibition at Equinox Silver.  I met the gallery at my last trade fair, and can't wait to send them some of my work, it's always exciting to make new contacts.  Also, I'm very proud to be taking part in an exhibition entitled 'Best of British Jewellery Showcase' alongside lots of other jewellers' whose work I love.  The exhibition runs from mid February until mid March, so if you're after an inspiring Mothers Day gift, why not pop along?

 equinox storefront

Next up is another exhibition at the fabulous Yorkshire Sculpture Park, this time focusing purely on rings in their Ring Show, which features work by a selection of British jewellery designer makers.  Also worth a visit are the sculptures that give the 500 acre park it's name.  The Ring Show is open from 16th March until 24th June, but the park and shop are open all year round.

Finally, after the success of last year's open studios, Centrepiece members are opening their workshops to the public once again.  Come along for a glimpse into the working life of a contemporary jewellery maker, an opportunity to chat with the makers and maybe even treat yourself to a piece of unique jewellery.

Alice Gow's Twisted

I've been working away on some new designs this year, and they're almost ready now...

I'll be launching them to the trade at International Jewellery London in just a few days, and then to the beautiful public at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in October.  IJL is the perfect place for Jewellery Shops to source new suppliers, and I would heartily recommend a visit to Manchester for the Craft Fair.  I took part in it last year, and it was full of wonderful designer makers from across the full craft spectrum, an ideal event to get your Christmas presents this year!

I should be having photos taken of all the pieces soon, but in the meantime, here's a taster of what's to come:

The whole range comes in Sterling Silver with gold plated detailing, and will be available in platinum and gold, with diamonds and other stones as the perfect wedding set.

These pieces have taken a lot of work to bring to life, and now I just can't wait to release them and make some more!

Last chance to see...

Just a quick note to let everyone know, the Alchemy exhibition at RBSA in St. Paul's Square Birmingham will be ending soon...

This is the last weekend this lovely exhibition will be open, although the RBSA is always worth a visit, and I'm sure their next exhibition will be a stunner!


Meet the makers

After the success of last year's Open Studios, Centrepiece is doing it all over again, but bigger and better!

Centrepiece  » Centrepiece open studios 2011

Open studios provides the chance for customers to not only meet the makers, but see them in situ.  A rare opportunity to glimpse the inside of the Jewellery Quarter's Victorian workshops, where jewellers use techniques that stretch even further back in time (the tools may do too!)

Jewellery Quarter Store Photo

Featuring twelve of Centrepiece's group of designer makers jewellers spread across six workshops, I strongly recommend making a day out of it!  There's a lovely independent coffee shop called Urban Coffee offering a 20% discount off hot drinks for Centrepiece customers with a flyer for when you want to rest your weary feet, and the icing on the cake is the 24 Carrot Farmers' Market on Saturday, so you don't even have to think about what to have for tea when you get home!

The Open Studios are open on 20th May 1pm til 4pm, and 21st May 10am til 4pm.  For more information on venues and special offers, please visit

And while you're in the Jewellery Quarter, don't forget to pop into RBSA on St. Paul's Square, where many local jewellers (including myself!) are featured in the current 'Alchemy'  exhibition, alongside an exhibition of Centrepiece member Michele White's work.

New Additions


A colourful addition to the Petaliform range, these pretty brooches will add a touch of glamour to any jacket.  Inspired by Islamic architectural motifs and geometric patterns, these intricate designs and handmade using dyed aluminium and hallmarked sterling silver.  As ever, my work is available to buy direct from my online shop, or from my range of stockists.


Also coming up, my designs will be featured in the 'Alchemy' exhibition at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.  If you're interested in how chemicals are used to make modern jewellery, or even if you're just interested in contemporary jewellery, this selling exhibition is well worth a visit.  Open from 11th April until 17th June, for more information visit

are you ready for Mothers' Day?

With Mothers' Day fast approaching, I thought I would give you some gift ideas for the special lady in your life.

My little petaliform drop earrings remind me so much of Daffodil's, I think they would make a wonderful springtime present.

As well as these lovely 'fish hook' backs, these dainty earrings are also available with 'stud' backs.  Just choose what you prefer from the options list.  These come as standard in Sterling Silver with gold plated sterling silver, but if you want to splash out, why not go for the Sterling Silver and 18ct Gold option?

And if you really want to give your Mum an extra special treat, there's a range of pendants to complete the set!

As ever, all items in this blog are available to buy direct from me in my online shop.  Standard delivery is two weeks, but if you need something sooner, just get in touch...

A Creative Christmas

Especially for everyone in Birmingham and it's environs this festive season...

I thought it was time to give a little more detail on what I'll be up to in Birmingham over the next couple of weeks.

Already well under way is Centrepiece at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.  Open from 10.30 til late, everyday from now until the 23rd December, so you can pop in after work, or even come for a quick hello if you come to one of Symphony Hall's fine selection of concerts.  It's well worth a visit, with a selection of jewellery from over 20 designer makers, there's something for almost all tastes, and budgets!

Centrepiece 2010 Logo

Next on the agenda, is an exhibition called 'flux', part of the Brilliantly Birmingham programme of events.  This is the last year I'll be part of this exhibition for up and coming designer makers, and I've been proud to be involver over the last few years, previously displaying at the School of Jewellery, and now at the mac. 

This is the 11th year that Brilliantly Birmingham has run, and along with Centrepiece, it's always proud to show the array of talent that Birmingham has to offer.  The show is open from 27th November til 9th January.

Chichester Calling...

After a lovely weekend at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester last weekend, meeting other amazing designer makers alongside the lovely public, I'm back in Birmingham, working away to get stock out to your favourite galleries.

Alongside sending work to my existing stockists over the next few weeks, I've got a couple of new ones lined up for you, both in Chichester!

First is Pretty Scruffy.  Set up by an Bryony Jennings, an old friend from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, with Margaret Jennings.  This is a beautiful example of craft at it's best, quirky but exquisitely made and beautifully presented.  I wish Pretty Scruffy all the best in their new venture, and recommend a visit to anyone in the area.


Next is Smith & Ralier, an established family run jewellers in the heart of Chichester.  Alongside their designer maker jewellery, Smith & Ralier runs a bespoke jewellery service as well as a very handy repair service.  I'm delighted to add Smith & Ralier to my list of stockists, and my work will be appearing there very soon.

Calling all discerning shoppers!

I've got a whole host of treats lined up this Christmas, with craft fairs and jewellery exhibitions, all offering a wide selection of wonderful gift ideas.

First up is the Winter Wonderland Exhibition running at the Ferrers Gallery in Nottinghamshire, which is on now, and running all the way through til 31st December.

Second is the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester's Spinning Fields.  It does what it says on the tin, offering stunning, handmade contemporary gifts from across the craft spectrum.  Running from 22nd to 24th October, it features work from makers throughout the UK, and Birmingham's jewellers, including Leila Arzaghi and and Katherine Campbell-Legg.

Next up is flux, part of Brilliantly Birmingham, held this year in the recently opened mac (Midlands Arts Centre).  Brilliantly Birmingham has been running for over a decade now, and this will be the third time I'll be involved in the event.  I'm really looking forward to displaying in the new mac, it has a fantastic atmosphere, and it's setting within Cannon Hill Park makes it a great day out.

Once again I'll be taking part in Made at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, another excellent shop in beautiful parklands, with amazing sculptures throughout.

Last but not least is Centrepiece, the annual selling exhibition at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.  Open from  November 11th til 23rd December, from 10 til late, it's perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping, and as it's staffed by the makers, there's plenty of help at hand for any jewellery advice.

I look forward to seeing you in the coming months, but don't forget, if you can't make it, you can always visit any of my stockists, or buy from me direct at my online shop.

Watch this space...

I've been working away getting ready for Christmas.  I know it seems early, but there's a lot to do!

I'm excited to be launching my 'Precious' range, its a selection of pieces from my 'Petaliform', 'Revolve' and 'Linear' ranges in 18ct gold, silver, diamonds and other precious stones.  It's a change from the colourful aluminium work, but I won't be stopping that, I enjoy the vivid colours too much!

I will be launching the new necklaces, rings and earrings to the trade at International Jewellery London 2010 5th-8th September, and to the public at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 21st - 24th October 2010.  Work will be available in shops in the run up to Christmas, and in my online shop from 5th September.

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be uploading more and more jewellery to the shopping pages, as I've just had a lovely lot of photographs taken by my new favourite photographer, Glenn Tucker.

Open Studios

This weekend I'll be taking part in Centrepiece's open studios event.

"The Jewellers of Centrepiece are hosting a very exciting event in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter this weekend. Come along, check out our workshops and purchase something truly unique from the hands of the designer who made it!"


Friday 14th May 3pm - 5pm

Saturday 15th 10am - 4.30 pm

I'll be sharing a workshop with Katherine Campbell-Legg, just down the corridor from Michele White and Anna deVille, up above Andrea Korsgen, Isabella Hart and Bonnie Styles, and just a stone's throw away from all the other jewellers taking part!

Pop along for the chance to see a jeweller's workshop in action as well as some fantastic jewellery hand crafted by your local designer maker.

Alice the Exhibitionist!

I'm delighted to be involved in two great exhibitions at two amazing venues.

First up is the 'Best of Brum' exhibition at the RBSA in Birmingham, running from 29th March to 21st May.

"To celebrate the RBSA’s ten year anniversary of its move to the Jewellery Quarter, the Craft Gallery will dedicate this exhibition to distinguished designer makers based in England’s second city. Birmingham was famous for the production of ‘manufactured arts’ during the eighteenth century and has always been at the forefront of craft design and production. With its roots firmly placed in the creative industries, the RBSA Craft Gallery will celebrate the rich tradition of designer making that is unique to the city. It will also highlight the RBSA’s continued support of contemporary craft within the region. Also featuring those who have completed their education here, ‘Best of Brum’ will include jewellers and silversmiths such as Louise Chesshire, Kerry O’Connor, Esther Lord and Kathleen Baird who are all based in the Jewellery Quarter. Building on the historical roots of the area, this exhibition will demonstrate the wealth of designer talent within Birmingham and the important contribution of our local craftsmanship in an international market."


A good proportion of the designers taking part are members of Centrepiece, so if you like contemporary, design-led jewellery, I would recommend paying the gallery a visit.

I exhibited at the RBSA in 2008 for the Silver:wear exhibition to great success, so fingers crossed, history will be repeating itself!

The next exhibition is 'Sparkling Springtime' at the Ferrers Gallery in Ashby de la Zouch.  This is a new gallery for me, so an exciting opportunity to try something new.

The exhibition runs from 1st April til 30th June.  Each exhibitor being displayed is new to Ferrers, so pop down to see what's new!

Both my Revolve and Petaliform ranges will be on sale, but if you can't make it to either exhibition, don't forget, you can buy right here online, or at any of my other stockists.

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air... and I can't think of a better time to introduce you to my new range of jewellery, 'Petaliform'.

As the flowers continue to push their way up into the sunlight over the next few weeks, so will I be adding more and more pieces from the Petaliform Collection  to the Alice Gow Designs online shop.

Petaliform showcases my love for beatifully colourful and carefully structured jewellery.  Inspired by the Islamic geometric patterns which feature heavily  in architecture and decorative tilework, as well as the wonderful mathematic patterns produced by the much loved Spirograph™ toy of my youth.  I spent many hours creating patterns using a great online tool, which I think you may enjoy. just click on the picture to start playing!

After the geometric patterns are broken down into simple shapes, they are layered up  and domed to create a flower like design, hence the name Petaliform.

Using chemical etching, a technique new to me, I create the individual layers, ensuring each piece is accurate and precise.  Each piece is then anodised, textured, coloured and shaped, as with my 'Revolve' range.  The pieces are then riveted together to sterling silver dishes to create unique pendants, earrings, rings and brooches, which will all be appearing in my online shop soon!

Long Time, No Blog

I know it's been a while since my last blog, Summer seems to have been and gone, and it's only June!

Anyway, I have been busy despite my lack of blogging, as you shall see...

First of all, good news at the National Maritime Museum; after having my work for one month, I received an email saying how pleased they were with my sales, particularly my earrings, as well as an order to keep all the stock levels up.  Great news on my first foray into musem sales, long may it continue.

Next up, Yorkshire...  Starting with the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley having their best ever month for me, and sales at my outlet Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge going well too.  In addition to this, I've just sent of work for Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Ring Theory exhibition, which runs from 27th June til 31st August and features rings by a selection of 30 UK and international jewellers, in a varity of materials, including silver, gold, enamel, semi-precious stones, wood, aluminium, beads and perspex.  Alongside my Silver and Aluminium Magnetic Rings, I have sent a selection of rings from my new Linear Range.

  To top it all off, I'm currently making a selection of work for The Craft Centre and Design Gallery at the City Art Gallery in Leeds
to stock in their shop, I'll let you all know when it arrives.  So, all going well up in Yorkshire for me at the moment!

In collaboration with the Jewellery Quarter Marketing Initiative, I will be showing at the Rotary Conference at Birmingham's NEC which runs from 20th til 24th June.  I'll be there on Monday 22nd June on the Jewellery Quarter stand, alongside the Pearl Gallery and David-Louis, selling my work and chatting to people about the Jewellery Quarter.

I also have exciting news from David, of the David-Louis Project.  In the sunny month of May, I was their 'Best Seller of the Month' for which I received a David-Louis Beercube Bottle Opener engraved with my logo.  He took some photos of me looking embarassed whilst receiving it, so you never know, they might make it up here eventually!

Freshly added

I have a fresh new addition to add to my wonderful collection of stockists.  I am delighted to announce that Jewel Thief  in Brighton is now stocking a selection of my colourful jewellery from my doughnut  and circles  ranges.

Situated in Brighton's famous Laines area, Jewel Thief is a delightful little shop in Dukes Lane, selling a great selection of work from British contemporary designer jewellers, and well worth checking out.



National Maritime Museum

I'm very excited that I'm going to be adding The National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich very soon.  After being invited to send off work for selection, my range has been approved to be sold in both outlets, as well as the Astronomy Centre.  As soon as I have them ready, the National Maritime Museum will be stocking my Doughnut Pendant, 3 button necklace, Earrings, Cufflinks and Rings in vivid blues, whilst the Royal Observatory and Astronomy Centre will be stocking the same range of hand dyed jewellery in deep greys and silver.

I've started a new batch of dyeing especially, and I'm really pleased with the colours so far, really rich blues and deep, charcoal greys.  I'm always impressed with the range of colours you can get from dyeing aluminium, from subtle pastel hues to a  rich, vibrant rainbow of colours, which all combine to create beautiful colourful jewellery in a huge variety of colours.

I've also got an update on the Heart Gallery for you, after winning Best Newcomer in The North and Scotland, Alison is won of five finalists for the title Best Independent Jewellery Retailer.  Also nominated  for Best Independent Retailer of the Year for Scotland is another new retail outlet of mine, Bertie Browns
The winners will be announced in May, so I'll let you know how they get on, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for them both.

On top of all that, look out for new stock at Gill Wing Jewellery in Islington and Exhibit 267 in Kettering.

Weekend in London

Good news!  I've now got my work in the Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge, which is


It looks like a lovely gallery, set in a converted Methodist Chapel in a bustling market town. The Heart Gallery offers a great range of contemporary jewellery, and owner Alison Bartram is a passionate advocate of the craft.

I've also been on a trip down to London, with a view to visiting some of my favourite museums, but the weather was just too good!  In the morning, I paid a visit to Gill Wing Jewellery, with a couple of old school friends.  I don't think they had ever seen my work in a shop before, and were very excited, and took photos of me standing outside, so I'll put them here when I get them... It was great to see my work there, amongst lots of great contemporary jewellery and a great selection of colourful aluminium jewellery too.  My work was excellently placed in the shop window to grab the most attention.  Gill Wing is located in Upper Street in Islington, and we wandered up and down looking at the gorgeous shops there for quite a while.

With the sun beating down on a glorious spring day, we decided to opt for Hyde Park over the museums and art galleries, and spent a peaceful afternoon strolling and sipping coffee, so I've come back to work relaxed and ready to go.  Making the most of this spirit of productivity, I've added to more colourful necklaces to my website, have a look at here.

Birmingham Jewellers

I've been too busy recently for my blogs!  Look out for more work coming soon to the Cooper Gallery in Barnsley and the Fire and Iron Gallery in Surrey.  Also, coming up soon, I'll be having my work in the Heart Gallery in Hepden Bridge, which should be in time for all those looking for a special Mothers' Day present.

As a follow up from my last blog mentioning jewellers in Birmingham, I've got a couple more to talk about!

First up is James Madgwick, otherwise known as JA Jewellery.  I met James last Christmas during the Centrepiece exhibition we took part in, that sells in an excellent range of jewellers' work in Birmingham's city centre every Christmas.

James makes striking jewellery for men and women, with the hexagon being a common theme.  His stunning designs and finished to a very high degree, with precious stones adding a shot of colour in the sterling silver pieces.

Next up is Kathleen Baird.  I met Kathleen through various Christmas Craft Fairs in Birmingham, the mac in particular, and for the last two years, we have done Centrepiece together.

Kathleen incorporates organic forms into her delicately textured work.  Using gilded and oxidised detail to provide a contrast to the Sterling Silver, Kathleen creates real depth to her pieces.  My favourite collection is her Oval
range, which was what started her off, but the Overlap Collection is a fantastic new addition to her repertoire.

Both jewellers are characteristic of the attention to design and detail practised by Jewellery Designer Makers in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.  There's a wonderful selection out there, and I'm sure I'll be talking more about them in the weeks to come!

New Stockists...


I've been tweaking away a bit at my website, getting there a bit at a time...

I've also been busy sending work out to NEW GALLERIES, and can now include Bertie Browns and LB Designs among my stockists.

It's been pointed out to me that not everybody will know what anodising means, so I'll give a brief explanation:

An electrical current is passed through a sheet of normal aluminium, turning the aluminium into an anode.  This creates a porous layer on the surface of the aluminium.  This porous surface can accept my lovely coloured dyes, which then have to be sealed, thus letting me create beautiful coloured aluminium jewellery.

Recently added to my site are my cufflinks, which display the coloured aluminium and show it's versatilty.  It can be dyed to almost any colour, so if you've got a colour theme for your wedding or any special occasion, just let me know, and I'll try and match it.  Perfect for coordinating, bridesmaids, ushers, and most importantly, the bride and groom!

And finally... being based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, where most of the UK's jewellery is produced, I would like to invite you all to have a look at the quarter's other wonderful designer makers: David-Louis and Clare Pardoe.


Hello and welcome to

I'm new to blogging, so I'll keep it brief...

I'm a self employed jewellery designer-maker working in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter .  I make contemporary and colourful jewellery using sterling silver and anodised aluminium .

I'm constantly updating my website, so please keep checking in.  If you want to be added to my links, have any feedback, or want more information, just let me know!

Best wishes,


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