Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Win It Wednesday - Handmade Earrings

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Welcome to Win It Wednesday! The winner for last week's giveaway, from Three Pine Design, is #95 - rlgrady . And the winner for the Jumpstart.com giveaway is #14 - Kayla. Congrats!

Today I will be giving away a beautiful pair of hand made earrings from Jac Jewelry!

Something Blue Earrings - White Pearl, Lapis Jade and Sterling Silver Earrings:


These adorable little earrings are made with tiny faceted lapis jade beads and white round pearls attached to sterling silver chain and silver ear wires. They are light and delicate, and great for any time of the year!
The earrings are 1.5" top to bottom (1" without the ear wires).

Janna's handmade jewelry includes Bridal Sets, Earrings, Necklaces, & Bracelets!

Here is what inspired Janna to start creating jewelry:

"I've always liked unique fashion accessories. In 2006, while on vacation visiting family, I went to a bead store with my aunt, and walked out of there with a big bag of beads… I came home and made my first piece from those beads immediately.

I made a few more pieces after that, but did not get absolutely addicted to jewelry-making until two years ago. After designing and making wedding favors, place cards and thank you cards for my own wedding, I thought it would be a great idea to offer customized bridal accessories to match a wedding theme. I created a website and started selling both “regular” jewelry and my wedding creations! Last March, I opened my Etsy shop (jacjewelry.etsy.com), which has become one of the main venues for selling my work.

Now, I’m absolutely addicted to making jewelry and don’t plan on stopping any time soon!"

Want it? Click here to shop at Jac Jewlery.

Win it!
1. Janna has a question for you. Do you purchase handmade jewelry? Why or why not? Simply leave the answer to this question in your comment. Don't forget to include your email address in the comment, that is how the winner will be notified.
2. Want an extra entry? Go to the top of this page and click on the tab that says "Need A Gift?" Then,come back here, and leave an additional comment telling me the name of one of the companies listed on the Need a Gift page.
3. Contest ends Tuesday 3/3/09 at midnight & is open to US residents only.

Come back tomorrow for an American Idol-related giveaway!!

173 comments:

mar said...

Yes I purchase handmade jewelry. I purchase it because it is unique and a lot of love goes into making each piece.

diesel51 said...

Absolutely I purchase homemade jewelry. Craft fairs, and yard sales, bazaars have beautiful and one of a kind designs. I have even been to crafters who make exactly what you want on the spot.

momma said...

i do purchase handmade jewelry because i like to be able to pick my color or pattern of beads. and lately, handmade jewelry has been better quality than the stuff i would get in the store (with the exception of the REALLY expensive stuff from a jewelry store). i also like to support our local business people.

prcsteacher@gmail.com

CrazyDaisy said...

I love to purchase handmade jewelry I feel good knowing I am supporting my local community.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I purchase handmade jewlery, but so far I have only bought from people I know. I have many crafter friends and I buy from them to help support their businesses!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

KLM39 said...

Yes, I love handmade jewelry because it feels so personalized.

Colleen said...

Yes I do...typically it is something at craft show or a fundraiser. The last things I bought were matching bracelets for my daughter and I at a charity dinner/auction for Mito.

Colleen said...

Little Sentiments is one of the stores in your gift closet.

Krystyn said...

IF I purchased jewelry, I would purchase homemade...it's much more personalized and individualized.

I just don't purchase jewelry...hence my need for some:)

Meredith said...

Yes, I buy homemade jewelery because it is more unique and sturdy than most store bought jewelery.
meredycat*lycos*com

Krystyn said...

Nest bags are listed on the "gift" page.

lilbabypug said...

I have bought handmade jewelry at art shows, but not yet online. It's always the prettiest stuff!

tristanjh said...

I do buy handmade jewelry. I'm currently obsessed with scrabble tile pendants and if I need a gift or something for myself etsy is the first place I go. I like supporting people who are working for themselves and who make great, quality products. I've also found the customer service to be fabulous!

tristanjh@yahoo.com

tristanjh said...

Nest Bags is one of the options at your 'Need a Gift' section, and one I hope to soon purchase from :)

tristanjh@yahoo.com

saragillman said...

I do on occasion purchase handmade jewelry. It is awesome for when you need that SPECIFIC look. I had earrings and a necklace made for me for a ball that PERFECTLY matched my dress and shoes.

sarawins@hotmail.com

suburban prep said...

Jewelry making is such a wonderful art form. I am a knitter and it is a craft as well. I have bought a few pieces of handmade jewelry because I know that usually it is so unique that I will not see it coming and going. it is a way for me and the jewelry artist to express oneself.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

saragillman said...

one of the need a gift sites was littlestatements =)

sarawins@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

I am not a big jewelry wearer. So I normally get things as gifts and I don't pick things out myself. I would love to buy homemade jewelry, just haven't yet :)

mattles22@yahoo.com

Leslie said...

I saw Nest Bags on your "Need A Gift" page.

mattles22@yahoo.com

arielle said...

I like to purchase handmade jewelry because its unique!! But my sister makes handmade jewelry and is always giving me stuff so that keeps me from buying it a lot. B) She spoils me!!

Lisa said...

I love custom jewelry

denyse said...

I haven't, but I did make it when I was younger. There's no reason I don't- just haven't bought jewlery for myself in quite some time.

Swankygirl said...

I haven't had many opportunities to purchase handmade jewelry, but I buy it when I can!

Swankygirl said...

Little Statements! :)

Melody said...

Yes, I buy handmade jewelry. If I can afford it. It's pretty and special. My favorite is a cuff bracelet.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Sue said...

I definitely purchase handmade jewelry. There are so many unique pieces and fun things to be found out there.
Thanks for the giveaway! I love these earrings.

Kiki said...

I purchase handmade jewelry all the time! I think its the jewelry with the most character and I can always find something beautiful and unique that always gets compliments!

ParkingGoddessFTW @ gmail.com

Shannon said...

I do purchase handmade jewelry.

PAIGE said...

I purchase hanmade jewelry when I can. I like to know it's original and very unique.

jffryclough said...

we do. we try to shop local and get to know the jewelers

Karli said...

I'm not a US resident so I can't win the contest, but I do love the jewelery. It's beautiful!

Michelle Lovejoy said...

Beautiful

Tina12312 said...

I truly appreciate all the hard work that goes into anything handmade and I love and purchase handmade jewelry often (maybe too often). Yours is lovely. Thank you so much!

Tina12312 said...

The Gift Closet is listed on the Need a Gift page. Thank you!

moonshadow43 said...

I have not bought handmade jewelry over the internet yet. I have always been able to feel the jewelry and when I can't it bothers me. So I am going to have to get over that and buy without touching first.

moonshadow43(at)gmail(dot)com

Whimsical Creations said...

i love buying handmade jewelry. Much more personal.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Melinda said...

I generally do not purchase hand made b/c it usually looks unfinished, but these pieces are really nice!

idahomom said...

I have a very good friend who works at the local bead shop. I buy a lot of her stuff.

kathy55439 said...

I love to buy handmade jewlery.... It makes me glad to know someone made in the US

Benji said...

Not only do me and my wife purchase handmade we also make some as well.

harleymanhawk said...

harleymanhawk@hotmail.com

Yes, I purchase handmade jewelry...because it is usually unique.

Deb K said...

I love to shop for homemade jewelry as not only is it beautiful but it is one of a kind!

Thanks so much for this great giveaway!!

Shari said...

I love handmade jewelry, and yes, I do buy it because it is so much more unique than what you find in dept. stores.

poplarporch@gmail.com

lisagee said...

These are gorgeous ~ Making jewelery is a good hobby income!

Dixie said...

Yes. I do indeed purchase handmade jewelry. I love having unique pieces that no one else has.

southrngal(at)gmail(dot)com

Dixie said...

You can find lovely and unique hand crocheted scarves and hats at Beautiful Bridget.

southrngal(at)gmail(dot)com

coliebear said...

I purchase handmade jewelry and art as much as possible. We prefer to support handmade/personalized products verses mass produced.

lenz.nicole{at}gmail{dot}com

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

yes I purchase handmade and usually 90 out of 100 are handmade from etsy

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

littlw sentiments

mickeyfan said...

I like handmade jewelry. It's always a bit different from what everyone else is wearing. Nice stuff!

silverbele said...

I like to buy handmade jewerlery at craft shows because it is so uniqe

Lisa said...

Yes, I purchase handmade jewelry at boutiques and local stores. They are more personal. I haven't branched out to etsy yet. Beautiful pieces.

mom2anutball said...

I do buy handmade jewlery, I love it, and I like supporting the awesome etsy shops!

Andrea said...

Great idea. Brides, see www.creative-theme-wedding-ideas.com
for other theme wedding ideas

Creative Mom said...

I buy handmade jewelry when I go to art fairs sometimes. It depends on my finances. I would much rather wear original unique art that mall jewelry! My favorite "lucky" earrings are a pair I bought at a craft fair in San Francisco. Thanks.
teraustin@mindspring.com

NativeHalo said...

I LOVE buying handmade jewelry--the designs are so much more powerful and captivating to me, and I really admire the artists whose time, talent, and passion went into creating each piece.

theworldsmyspace[at]yahoo[dot]com

NativeHalo said...

On your "Need a Gift" page, I saw Little Statements" featured for February.

theworldsmyspace[at]yahoo[dot]com

gcuvier said...

Definitely. Handmade jewelry is unique and has more personality, I think.

galeogirl at comcast dot net

tinamarina71 said...

I buy handmade jewelry at the many festivals we have year round here in Reno.

I also buy from Etsy shops. I prefer to support the small business owner as well as American made products whenever possible!

Beautiful work!

patty said...

Yes. I do buy handmade jewelry because you find unique styles that you wouldn't normally find.

sweepmom said...

I sometimes purchase handmade jewelry. I love the uniqueness of the pieces and the quality.

Brenda said...

Yes, because it's more unique and has more personality than mass-made products.

jenesparza said...

I love homemade jewelry because there is only one like it and even if reproductions are done it always is slightly different from the next.

Melissa said...

I buy handmade jewelry on occasion. I like the uniqueness of it, and I like supporting people who are being so creative.

Melissa said...

I saw Little Statements on the "need gifts" page. Made me wish I had a little girl to play dress-up with. ;)

Zeliha said...

love handmade jewelery.
Great giveaway..I hope I win this..

Melissa said...

I buy handmade jewelry on occasion. I like the uniqueness of it, and I like supporting people who are being so creative.

Forgot my e-mail address the first time. Sorry!

msaunders72(at)yahoo(dot)com

Melissa said...

I saw Little Statements on the "need gifts" page. Makes me wish I had a little girl to play dress-up with. ;)

Forgot my e-mail address the first time. Sorry!

msaunders72(at)yahoo(dot)com

cathirushing said...

yea, i love handmade jewelry, they are unusual and have quality

gkstratos said...

Yes, I purchase handmade jewelry. I like that the items are original and usually have a story to tell.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

gkstratos said...

Little Statements
gkstratos@yahoo.com

Smooshy said...

i do purchase hand made jewelry because I feel like i'm helping someone out who's trying to make a living. and all the coolest jewelry is uniquely hand made!

divaqueenie said...

Yes, I do purchase handmade jewelry. I love the creativity, and it's like wearing my favorite pieces of art!

Kristy Clayman said...

What a wonderful contest! Thanks for posting. I don't usually purchase handmade jewelry as I'm usually unsure how it will react with my skin.

Tammy said...

Yes def I purchase hand made jewerly I esp like the Tender Teardrop earrings on jacjewelry site

mogrill said...

I love Handmade Jewelry and have become an ETSY regular!! Thanks for the chance to win!

mogrill@comcast.net

Cadance said...

ok...I went to the "need a gift" link...there are products from "Beautiful Bridget" Thanks!

malleycc said...

Yes I purchase handmade jewelry it is so unique that I love it.

rosidentevil said...

thank you for the great contest
enter me please
yes I love handmade jewelery because of the unique designs
seesessel (at) gmail (dot) com

LeesaJ said...

I buy handmade jewelry...usually at craft fairs.

LeesaJ said...

#2 Nest Bags

llinda29 said...

I love to purchase handmade jewelry because it usually has more character

Rosemary said...

My husband picks out polished stones and then works with a jeweler who designs special pieces just for me. Many of my items are from individuals who make one of a kind pieces and they are just as beautiful and special.

Deborah said...

I purchase handmade jewelery but usually only at craft fairs - I've purchased twice online a long time ago and the items weren't half as nice as the pictures...so I'm a little gun shy. asthenight at gmail dot com

Sunnyvale said...

Yes, I buy handmade, mostly for gifts, and it doesn't matter who makes it, it's the look of the item that is the determining factor

Ken said...

My sister loves handmade jewelry because of its uniqueness. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

kdkdkd said...

I buy handmade jewelry for my self and as gifts for friends and family. I am an etsy addict, I love finding new and unusual pieces that have people asking me "where did you get thet?"

scarlette10 said...

I love handmade items

Lady Roxi said...

I love to purchase handmade jewelery. Every piece is unique and has a story behind it.

Thanks,

darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

Roxy said...

I love handmade jewelry because it's one-of-a-kind. No two are exactly alike.

hockiemack@hotmail.com

Roxy said...

one of the companies on need a gift page is Nest Bags for accessories.

hockiemack@hotmail.com

katy said...

Yes. I like handmade jewerly because each piece is unique

seaburd said...

Yes I do because I like the uniqueness of each piece

Anastasia said...

Yes! Handmade jewelry has character that mass produced lacks!

CAROLINA said...

Handmade jewelry is special, a one-of-a-kind creation. I absolutely purchase it.

sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

Sherry said...

I love to buy handmade jewelry because it is always, beautiful, unique, and usually the latest look. That is not to say that the pieces are not usually also classic and always wearable. Each piece is a real work of art that is inspired by the artist's own soul! I particularly love to find out the story behind the creation. crystesmomatyahoodotcom

janetfaye said...

Yes I handmade jewelry because I love to wear an item that someone has made.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

Nest Bags is one that is listed.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

js22 said...

In the past I have bought handmade jewelry.

Right now money is extremely tight, and unfortunately any jewelry does not fit in the category of necessity.

Over the last few years, I have gotten into jewelry-making. So I notice all the techniques that people use. It's amazing how awful some people's wrapped loops are(but not jacjewelry's - I looked on her website and her creations are wonderful!)

Evelyn said...

I don't purchase handmade jewelry because I usually purchase from department stores like Macy's.

Evelyn said...

One of the companies that was listed more than once on your need a gift page was "The Gift Closet".

shopgurl101@gmail.com

kitkat234 said...

I have bought & made homemade jewelry

kitkat234 said...

The store is The Gift Closet
kitkat234(at)gmail.com

Kristi said...

I love buying handmade jewelry! It's more unique and original and it's made better!
kristi2bsb@yahoo.com

Gabriel J. said...

I like handmade jewelry because it is unique.

mo said...

I buy handmade jewelry due to a dear friend who made jewelry for a living. She has passed away and I treasure every piece I ever bought from her. So when I buy handmade jewelry it is always in her honor!

mo said...

Need A Gift?
Try The Gift Closet!

DePro said...

I make handmade jewelry simply because of its uniqueness.

Prpldy said...

I don't usually purchase too much handmade jewelry because I make jewelry. But in the rare instance that I do...it is handmade for sure.

prpldy (at) comcast.net

Prpldy said...

The shop: Beautiful Bridget

prpldy (at) comcast.net

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Yes I DO purchase handmade jewelry, it's far more personal and much more loving care and good karma has been put into its making!

phowell13 said...

I generally don't buy handmade jewelry because I know very little about it, so it is difficult to determine quality.

miriama said...

Yes, I do. I like to have something unique. I like better quality and I don't want some mass produced items.

miriama said...

Little Statements

Becca said...

I have only purchased handmade jewelry off of etsy, never from an offline person. I love it tho!!!! sbcashortie (at) hotmail (dot) com

herblady said...

I almost always purchase handmade jewelry because I like to support the independent artisans that I find on etsy or listed in blogs such as this. It helps them financially, of course, but it also makes me feel that I am getting the most for my money and the personal touch as well. Besides, I've met a lot of very nice people that way!
Thank you for the chance to win!

hrbeck_98 (at) yahoo (dot) com

herblady said...

One of the companies is Beautiful Bridget. Thank you very much!

hrbeck_98 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Darryl said...

Yes I do purchase handmade jewelry. I like the uniqueness or the "one of a kind" qualities of the pieces.

joannaonthelake said...

Yes, I love to purchase handmade jewelry and most of the jewelry I purchase is only handmade! I love to because first of all, it is almost always unique, one of a kind pieces. I try and dress and accessorize with my own unique style that defines who I am, it is an expression of myself and how I want to be perceived. I also find that I am drawn to the heart and soul that the artists put into making their jewelry alluring to me. I am inspired by the passions of others and when I select a handmade piece of jewelry it is always because something about that piece spoke to me, I made a connection with it, and I find that commercially made jewelry does not have that same effect on me. I am also always amazed at the artistry that goes into making handmade jewelry. People who are that talented have always intrigued me and again inspired me to follow my own personal passions in life. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter and to share my thoughts and ramblings, LOL!
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joannaonthelake said...

I Want One of Those.com is on the list! Nice to know about these companies, thank you!
joannaonthelake@gmail.com

joahsgrandma said...

I haven't purchased handmade jewelry ... yet.

Bonnie in FL said...

I love homemade jewelry They are unigue usually one of a kind and I love them

jennem said...

Yes, and especially for gifts. I watch these commercials for commercial jewelers, and I'm like, why would you ever want the exact same piece that thousands of other people have? Handmade means each one is a little bit unique--isn't that much better? To me it is!
Jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Jason said...

I actually do not. My girlfriend actually makes Jewlery. She just made me a bracelet on our anniversary.

Jason said...

The Gift Closet

Sarah Z said...

I have many pairs of handmade earrings - I like them because they are different and you can get the exact color you want!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Dierdra said...

I love handmade jewelry because it is so unique

Dierdra said...

Accessories
Nest Bags

Tara said...

I love to purchase handmade jewelry, because it is so unique!

Jolene said...

i love handmade jewelry, thats why i looove etsy.

Mar said...

I have purchased many handmade pieces that I have seen the quality in person either a friend has a piece from an online vendor or I find a vendor at a street fair.

Jackie said...

I do purchased handmade jewelry...my favorite pieces are earrings. I think handmade earrings are more unique and I like to support the etsy shops.

Jackie said...

Little Statements is one of the shops in the Gift Closet.

ellie said...

Yes, I love handmade jewelry for it's beauty and uniqueness. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

bison61 said...

I love to go to craft fairs where I purchase handmade jewelry, because they are unique and different than store purchases

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

happishopr said...

handmade jewelry is the best because it's more personal...trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

ky2here said...

Of course I purchase handmade jewelry. That's the only way to get true artisanship.

Candie said...

I would much rather have homemade jewelry than the 'real' stuff. I would rather support honest hardworking people. THank you.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Angie said...

I do purchase handmade jewelry - in fact, it's my favorite. I love supporting independent artists and having one-of-a-kind, handmade-with-love items. Always prettier and more fun than the mass-produced stuff!

LilyBiscuit said...

Yes, I do buy handmade jewelry. I don't have a lot of jewelry, but about half is handmade and beautiful. I love unique pieces.....I only wish I had more. This prize is very nice! Thanks. vac924@gmail.com

L said...

I prefer to purchase handmade jewelry, like me it's unique.
larguelles39@gmail

rosannepm said...

I purchase handmade jewelry because it is unique one of a kind and if it strikes me I buy it
rosans4@comcast.net

rosannepm said...

Beautiful Bridget is one of the companies on the Need a gift page
rosans4@comcast.net

Heather M said...

I love handmade jewelry for a few reasons... 1. It's more thought into, 2. It's more unique and different, and 3. it's usually a bit cheaper! Thanks

e-mail: hmahan_0529 @ yahoo dot com

Jinxy and Me said...

I like to buy handmade jewelry because it is more unique and supports individual artisans.

damac1078 said...

handmade jewelery is more personal and adds personality to you, your outfit, or whatever. I used to own many hand made pieces, unfortunately when i was robbed i lost everything. Love ur lapis, jade and pearl earrings!!

intime said...

I never bought handmade jewelry, but with all the nice handmade things, I think I will

yomomma said...

I purchase lots of handmade jewelry. It's usually made better plus it's unique. I love giving it and getting it as gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

yomomma said...

This & That

wendy said...

I purchase hand made jewelry all the time because I like knowing that what I have no one else has.

madamerkf at aol dot com

arvard said...

I like the handmade jewelyr because they are unique and beautiful.

Suzanne said...

I love going to craft fairs and purchasing handmade jewelry. It's always something unusual that I get a lot of compliments on.

slreichel@comcast.net

purango said...

I don't purchase handmade jewelry but I have been thinking about it. In the past the handmade jewelry I bought wasn't of good quality. garrettsambo@aol.com

Tanya Wilson said...

I purchase mostly storemade just because handmade can tend to be expensive.

twincere[at]hotmail.com

Michele said...

Yes, I buy handmade jewelry from all over the world. It is much more unique and I also can usually have items made to order. I have one necklace pictured on my site that I had a wonderful and talented lady make for me out of turquoise. CUsmile at Comcast dot net.

Michele said...

Munique Handcrafted Designs. She has a sweater/shawl/skirt outfit on her home page I just HAVE to have!! Probably cannot afford it, but, I want it!

liliesrnice said...

I do buy handmade jewlery but haven't lately. I'm having a baby soon and don't want her to be grabby and break them, haha. I'll start buying again when she's a little older.

kathy pease said...

i have not purchased any jewelry in a long time but i would purchase handmade jewelry because they come out so gorgeous and unique

kathy pease said...

Nest Bags

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Of course I purchase handmade jewelry! It's much more personal and more care has gone into making it! It's usually more creative also!

MAW said...

i have purchased many pieces of handmade jewelry and love that no 2 pieces are exactly alike...

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

Yes I love handmade jewlery! I love having something unqiue & differrent!

zestywonderland@gmail.com

Taylor said...

No I dont because its sometimes hard to find and also out of my price range unfortunately
skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

elsmarlouamrman said...

1st entry - I love handmade jewelry. It is unique and sometimes one of a kind. Because of this, I do purchase it. Thanks for this chance.

elsmangeri@snet.net

Helen said...

I purchase handmade jewelry a lot because it's so unique and often more affordable than mass made jewelry.

Casey Becher said...

I don't purchase handmade jewelry very often because it is more expensive than mass produced jewelry. As a sewer and crafter, I completely understand why! If I were more of a fashionista I would probably purchase more unique, handmade items.

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart homemade jewlery because it can be personalized and made to be one of a kind:)

Bakersdozen said...

Yes. I appreciate the work that goes into it and I have so many Etsy sites bookmarked to look at for future purchases, it is not even funny. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

memetu said...

RESERVED for klblar - Rain Drop Earrings - Sterling Silver Frame Beads and Blue/Aqua Pearl Earrings
caught my eye.hmmm reserved for somebody.
I have bought VINYAGE HAND-REPAIRED jewelry. It reminds me of people and days from my past.

Heather said...

I purchase both kinds. I love unique handmade items, though, but it's a lot of work finding just the right stuff.

Samantha P said...

i would definitely purchase handmade jewelry if i could afford it, or if it was cheaper! I rather pay less for something that isn't the real precious metal or jewel than not have it and it be made out of more expensive materials

lilyk said...

I don't purchase handmade jewelry because I don't have any spending money at the moment.

ms.lilyk@gmail.com

lilyk said...

One of the companies listed on the Need a Gift page is Nest Bags.

ms.lilyk@gmail.com

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