Study finds which Disney princess has the most expensive jewelry

When you wish upon a star, hopefully you’ll get jewels as lavish as these.

In a new study called “Kingdom of Jewels,” U.K.-based financial advisory company Money.co.uk worked in collaboration with David Allen of Purely Diamonds to conclude how much the jewelry of each Disney princess would cost in real-life cash. The study took a look at each piece owned by every princess starting with the 1937 film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”

So, who has the most expensive bling of them all?

That honor goes to Queen Elsa from the 2013 hit film “Frozen,” whose scepter, tiara and orb were theorized to be made of gold and 20-carat sapphires in order to calculate the combined value. Based upon these estimations, the total cost of all three came out to $800,000.

Queen Elsa’s sister, Anna, comes in at second. Her tiara and necklace come out to a combined total of $230,000.

We’re sure both Elsa and Anna wouldn’t let those items go any time soon.

Other Disney princesses included on the list were Cinderella—whose earrings and glass slippers amounted to $55,000 altogether—as well as Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” whose seashell bra and earrings were estimated to cost $750.

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Cinderella’s glass slippers and pearl earrings were estimated at a combined value of $55,000. (graphic courtesy of Money.co.uk)

Even Snow White’s red velvet headband was pricier than anything found at Urban Outfitters, coming to a total of $85.

Another princess added to the list actually took the crown over Elsa’s jewelry, although she’s technically not an original Disney princess (the rights to her film were purchased by the company in 2019). The tiara of Anastasia—the animated character based on the historical lost Romanov—was estimated to have a total value of over $5 million.

The rest of us, it would seem, are stuck with Kay Jewelers.

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‘Antiques Roadshow’ Jewelry Experts on Finds and Fancies

LONDON — They come by the thousands, carting carefully wrapped family heirlooms or even rummage sale finds, some cushioned in luxuriously padded original boxes, others merely nestled in a jacket pocket.

They all hope to be among the few selected to have their potential treasures valued by an “Antiques Roadshow” expert who will tell them what great-aunt Gladys’ Victorian emerald brooch or Grandfather’s diamond stickpin is worth. Some return home disappointed. A very few leave with a valuation exceeding $1 million.

Its producers say “Roadshow” is regularly watched by more than six million people in Britain, making it one of the most-viewed factual programs on the BBC. Networks in other countries, including the United States and Poland, have copied the formula for evaluating keepsakes in categories like jewelry, pottery, militaria and art.

In each episode, gemologists are on site — often a stately country home or museum — to help sift through items with the best back stories, have lively chats with the owners and estimate what the pieces might raise at auction. For the 17-episode season set to debut in January, Covid-19 has meant that viewers sent emails describing their valuables, and a few were invited to one of eight venues over eight weeks, including suburban London and the west coast of Scotland.

What does it take to catch an expert’s eye? Five “Roadshow” specialists weigh in on separating paste from provenance.

The comments, by email, have been edited and condensed.

I started on “Roadshow” in 2007. I ride Harley-Davidsons and other big motorbikes and sent a picture of me wearing leathers and pearls to the editor and asked if he was interested in a jewelry specialist who rides motorbikes.

One of my favorite finds was a Lawrence Wheaton tourmaline ring in 2016. I was able to find out who made it and eventually had the piece hallmarked with his initials. Mr. Wheaton was remembered, and the pleasure and pride his family got from seeing the follow-up episode of the ring being hallmarked was very special. A goldsmith’s being remembered and not forgotten is so important. Also very moving was an emerald and diamond ring that had been worn by a survivor of the Titanic as she was rescued from the sinking ship.

I am passionate about all styles of jewelry as long as they have the three main ingredients: great craftsmanship, good design and a good sense of movement. If it moves, I want to see how it articulates or if it has the suggestion of movement. Can you imagine the butterfly brooch flying off your shoulder?

I left school at age 17 and applied for the job of junior assistant at a wonderful antique jewelry shop called Cameo Corner, 50 yards from the gates of the British Museum. I had always loved mythology as a boy, and at my interview was shown a tray of cameo brooches carved with classical heads. I identified most of the subjects and got the job.

A favorite for me was a

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From Hijabs to Cosplay, Indonesian Finds Calling in Cat Fashion Makeovers | World News

BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) – It may not be haute couture, but former Indonesian school teacher turned tailor Fredi Lugina Priadi has found a lucrative market for his cat fashions, creating unique costumes and cosplay outfits for cats.

After quitting his job as a teacher, he tried his hand at a number of businesses, including running a motorbike repair shop, before stumbling upon cat fashions, an idea from one of his cat-loving cousins.

The 39-year-old now supplies outfits to picky pet owners looking to dress their felines in everything from superhero outfits for figures like Thor and Superman to cosplay characters, nurse uniforms and even traditional Islamic wear.

“At first, my cousins who love cats gave me the idea to make these costumes and I thought it was weird,” said Fredi.

“But it turned out to be funny to see them with costumes,” he said, speaking from his rustic workshop with a sewing machine in Bogor just south of the capital Jakarta .

    Since setting up his online business three years ago, he now generates up to 3 million rupiah ($210) a month if he sells at least four pieces a day. Each outfit is priced at between $6 to $10. 

    Customer Risma Sandra Irawan has bought at least 30 outfits for her cat Sogan and puts in orders for special occasions like the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr or at Christmas.

    “Its for fun only…it can relieve our stress,” said Risma, who created an account on social media platform TikTok showing off Sogan’s outfits that has more than 50,000 followers.

While many find it cute, Fredi has received some negative comments on social media from those who consider it cruel to dress up a cat and he advises buyers not to make their pet wear an outfit for too long.

Indeed, in the wake of a boom in social media postings of pets dressed up, often in increasingly bizarre poses or outfits, some animal welfare groups have issued guidelines to make owners more aware of any signs that it may be causing their pet distress.

(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Michael Perry)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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Covid-19 Crisis Could Set Back a Generation of Women, U.N. Report Finds

The Covid-19 pandemic is squeezing working mothers out of the world’s labor pool in ways that could damage women’s economic prospects for years to come, according to a United Nations study.

The primary reason in many countries is child care. The report, from U.N. Women this week, said that at the peak of the lockdowns earlier this year, 1.7 billion children were affected by school closures. Some 224 million remain out of school, forcing many families to decide who must predominantly look after the children. “It is predominantly women—often paid less and with less job security than men—who are sacrificing their careers,” the study found. In some countries, women do up to 11 times more work than men caring for family members and neighbors, all of it unpaid.

Men are struggling, too. A study conducted by U.N. Women and the International Labour Organization found that in 55 high-and-middle-income countries, some 29 million men lost or left their jobs between the fourth quarter last year and the second quarter of 2020. But that is roughly the same as the number of women who lost or left their jobs, and given that there are proportionately fewer women in the workforce to begin with, the impact is higher.

The U.N.’s concern now is that many of these women might not return to work at all, particularly in areas hard-hit by Covid-19, such as Latin America, where the study found that 83 million women are outside the labor force, up from 66 million before the pandemic.

The U.S. has seen similar problems. Many lost American jobs were in the service sector, including retail, food service and personal care, which are heavily skewed toward female workers and particularly vulnerable to the effects of lockdowns and other social-distancing measures. The U.S. Labor Department found that the number of women aged 25 to 54 participating in the workforce dropped from 77% in January to 74% in May.

In many countries, women find themselves juggling a growing share of child care and household chores, even if their partners are working from home, too.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women, said earlier this week that women need to be front and center when governments turn their attention to recovering from the economic and social impact of Covid-19. “Already, the pandemic threatens to erase decades of progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment,” she said. “By 2030, there could be 121 women in poverty for every 100 poor men globally, with the worst affected being young women between the ages of 25 to 34—the age when many are raising families.”

Some countries have taken initial steps toward helping women overcome the worst of what some economists refer to as the pink recession.

Australia and Costa Rica took steps to help ensure that child care services remained open during their lockdowns. Egypt, Georgia and Morocco provided cash advances to women traders and entrepreneurs, while European leaders focused on keeping schools open this fall even if it meant shutting down many

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