A Longtime Patron is Surprised!

I taught Movement Education to Todd and Dorothy’s five children at Paideia forty-five years ago. Represented in this photo are the children of my former students. It’s both gratifying and humbling to have had such a long history with these wonderful people who later became major patrons of my design work. I attribute much of my artistic success to Todd’s dynamic commissions over these many years. Several pieces from Dorothy’s collection were featured in my 40 Year Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Therefore I wanted this surprise Grandmother’s Bracelet to be exceptional. And it is. The kids love playing with it and identifying their place on her wrist.

Grandmother’s custom 14KT rose gold birthstone orbit bracelet commemorating their beloved 11, soon to be 13, grandkids. Todd provided me with a list of the kids names and their birth month.  Dorothy was blown away.

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming shows and events:

Elaina Designs and Metaalia Jewelry Spring Studio Show — Atlanta
Wednesday through Friday, April 18 – 20, 11AM – 4PM, Saturday 11PM-5PM
For an appointment outside of these hours, please call Lainey (678) 662-6156
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317

Gem Resonance sessions in Atlanta and Ithaca have been highly successful and I’m extremely grateful to the many volunteers who helped with my inquiry into light, gems, and trace elements. This overwhelmingly positive response has encouraged me to offer future one hour sessions for $60 to anyone interested in the benefits from this experience. Please contact me at 678-662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com for details and appointments.

Oslo, Norway: International Light Association Conference
May 12 – 15, 2018
Light in Action workshop: Elemental Techniques with Gem Resonance and Light on May 14.

Crowning Glory for Chloe

Oren asked me to create a ring for his 15 year old daughter, Chloe, by incorporating the simple gold bands that both of her parents wore, until her mother’s traumatic death last summer. Chloe and I worked together on the crown design motif, chosen because in her father’s words, “Chloe was the crowning glory in our marriage.” Her mother’s ring was retooled into thin strips of wire to create the filigree top that encircles three diamonds as symbols for the three members of her family. One half of her father’s band was left untouched and one half was carved into feminine, scalloped edges. Chloe says, “I love to feel my father’s original band, then admire the swirling beauty on top.” It was an honor to work with this brilliant teenager, as she heals on her journey into womanhood.

New “Wedding Rings” for a 91 Year-Old

Upcoming Events and News

Work on the new Elaina Designs website is underway and will soon feature online purchase capability. Stay tuned for updates. I continue to take custom orders by phone or in person and my Kirkwood showroom is open by appointment for shopping. I love our new light-filled Atlanta home and studio.

Ithaca, NY:  Divining with Light and Gems
Sunday, March 11, 2018 1-5PM
The Treman Center (Just past entrance to upper Treman Park)
95 Hines Rd, Newfield, NY 14867   www.tremancenter.com
Four spots are still available, please contact Lainey. 678-662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com
Cost: $50

Atlanta Spring Studio Show featuring new designs…treasures from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Wednesday through Saturday, April 18 – 21
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317

Gem Resonance sessions in Atlanta and Ithaca have been highly successful and I’m extremely grateful to the many volunteers who helped with my inquiry into light, gems, and trace elements. This overwhelmingly positive response has encouraged me to offer future one hour sessions for $60 to anyone interested in the benefits from this experience. Please contact me at 678-662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com for details and appointments.

Oslo, Norway: International Light Association Conference
May 12 – 15
Light in Action workshop: Elemental Techniques on May 14.

Jessie’s New “Wedding Rings”

“I can’t wait to show the “Lunch Bunch” my new wedding rings!” 
As a 91st birthday gift to herself, Jessie commissioned this meaningful 14K scalloped bar necklace using the diamonds from her wedding set which she no longer wore. The necklace was fabricated using recycled gold from her wedding set and funds from a gold sale offset the final cost.
Jessie was delighted with her new necklace and so was I!

Light and warm wishes–

Divining with Light & Gems Workshop in Ithaca, NY

Divining with Light & Gems with Lainey Papageorge 
Like elements attune to like.
In this Ithaca workshop Lainey will bring her exquisite mineral collection for participants to explore the subtle impact of gems and crystals when intentionally placed on the body. We will add the frequencies of sound and light to these billion-year-old forms of color and beauty. Creative exercises will integrate our experience and the day will close with Linda Ruth offering astrological symbols to each participant.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 1-5PM
The Treman Center (Just past entrance to upper Treman Park)
95 Hines Rd, Newfield, NY 14867   www.tremancenter.com
Cost: $50 (PayPal, check, cash or credit card accepted)

Space is limited, please contact Lainey to reserve a spot.
678-662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com

Through my 40 year career in jewelry design, I’ve become aware of natural relationships and affinities between the gems and the people who wear them. My insight as an artist is that something beyond beauty occurs when a person is in contact with the mineral kingdom, whether by wearing it, walking on the bare earth, or with intentional placement. It is a fact that like elements resonate with one another and are essential for organic function on all cellular levels. The trace elements in our bodies and the trace elements found in all crystal, mineral, pearl and gemstone formations are resonating with each other on a subtle level all the time. Can we tune in, dial it in, sense which elements feel most beneficial? What other messages might we receive while experiencing this deep and calming resonance?

Snacks and tea will be provided. Please bring:
–Notebook and simple art supplies you might want to use
–A cushion and a light blanket
–A small flashlight if you have one
–A pendulum if you have one. Lainey will provide extra pendulums and guidance.  No prior experience needed.

Shop Elaina Designs for Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day offers an opportunity to love the earth while thinking of those you might love to gift. Please call or email Lainey to make an appointment to browse our collection in person or by phone.
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta 30317
lp@elainadesigns.com or (678) 662-6156

Sand dollar fragments found on Sapelo Island, GA, cast in sterling. Post earrings with Rubies. $480

Faceted Ruby and Pyrite Necklace, 16.5″, 14K White Gold. $530

Watermelon and pink Tourmaline, 14K Rose Gold vermeil, $220.

“Wavy Acorn Top Earrings” with natural color “Fireball” freshwater pearls and oxidized sterling. $400


Weaving a Family Together

Lanes Lane has enjoyed a great beginning! Thank you for continuing to support me through moving three times in three years, but since we bought this house, I plan to be here for many years to come. 2017 ended with the completion of many special commissions which I’ll be featuring in upcoming newsletters.

Weaving a Family Together

2.98ct Ceylon Natural Blue Sapphire, platinum
Family photo taken right after the proposal.

This engagement ring holds the hopes and dreams of a blended, modern family made permanent by the commitment of marriage between the two parents and three daughters. When Christopher came to me, he was uncertain about the style or stones his beloved Layne might desire for her engagement ring, yet certain he wanted to surprise her.
We spent a month purveying possible gems and designs she might like, and he selected this spectacular natural-color blue sapphire, to be set in pave Platinum. Two braiding streams of lighter blue sapphires envelop the center gem to signify the joining of their two families.  With their daughters, Christopher planned a surprise proposal at the end of a family picnic when he dropped to one knee and presented her with this rare jewel. It was an honor to be a part of this joyful process and to make Layne so happy.

Happy New Year,


Jewel Street Interview with Lainey Papageorge

Originally posted on Dec 08, 2017 by Jewel Street

One does not ask to be born an artist, but Lainey Papageorge couldn’t be happier that she was one of the chosen ones. Before finding gems in her mid-twenties, Lainey was an athlete, a swimmer, a choreographer and a modern dancer. But after she picked up a jeweler’s torch for the first time and hammered her first piece of metal, her love for the industry was instantly ignited.

With a jewelry career now spanning across 43 years, Lainey’s utterly fascinating journey has been full to the brim of twists and turns. We chat with her about what it was like growing up with learning difficulties, how a special bespoke commission brought her and her husband together and some of the incredible remote locations she’s designed jewelry in.


EASY Holiday Shopping!

Dazzle your jewelry-lover with an Elaina Designs piece for the holidays! 
If you haven’t been to Lainey’s new home studio in Kirkwood, now is the time to visit us for a fun, relaxing, no pressure, holiday shopping experience. You can find a broad range of styles and prices in our collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade jewels.
2116 Lanes Ln. NE
Atlanta, GA 30317

Lainey is available by appointment for holiday shopping through December 23.
Please call (678) 662-6156 or email lp@elainadesigns.com
We ship anywhere in the US and gift wrapping is free! Hope to see you soon!


Holiday Show and Sale

 Elaina Designs and Metaalia Jewelry
Holiday Show and Sale THIS WEEKEND
Fri. & Sat., DECEMBER 1 & 2 
11AM-5PM and 10AM-4PM

2116 Lanes Ln. Atlanta, GA 30317

Lustrous, natural materials and unique design are the hallmarks of our work. Come out, bring some friends and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Elaina Designs home studio for sipping, snacking and shopping.

Wedge & Crescent brass earrings with sterling posts, $85
Wedge & Crescent brass necklace 22″, $145
Eye of Horus ring, size 7.5, brass & sterling, $225

Bronze Petal Pearl Necklace with Magentic Clasp, 35″, $400.
Bronze Petal Pearl Sterling Threader, $100.

Lapis & Faceted Pyrite, sterling, 36″ Necklace. $350
Four-strand Faceted Pyrite, Vermeil C-clasp, 18″ Necklace. $450
Faceted Ruby, Pyrite, 14KW, 16.5″ Necklace. $530

We hope to see you this weekend!
— Lainey and Aalia

Celebrating Friendship, Jewelry, and Collaboration with John Franciscus

Celebrating John Franciscus’ 35 Years Hand Engraving in Atlanta

Lainey Papageorge Trunk Show at LJ Lewis Silver Company
Opening Reception Thursday, 10/19, 4PM-8PM
October 19 – 21, Friday & Saturday, 10AM-5PM

164 West Wieuca Rd., Suite 3
Atlanta GA 30342

(404) 255-5661

I believe strongly in the collaborative creative process, and my profession as a jewelry artist would have nosedived long ago without it. The friendships forged over the years bring joy, as well as expand my artistic vision.  John Franciscus’ mastery as a hand engraver are impressive so when a piece needs it, I request his gentle skill and eagle eye.  I hope that you can stop by next weekend to salute his 35 years in Atlanta and to view my Fall collection.

“Of Heaven and Earth”, Azurite-Malachite, Gem Silica Chrysacolla, Hand Engraved Sterling Pendant $1000.
Engraving by John Franciscus

“Red Sky at Morning”, Cuprite,  Blue Zircon, Red Coral (sustainable), Hand Engraved Sterling Earrings $1000. 

Monogram gold and turquoise family charms for grandchildren, an example of a past collaborative project between Lainey and John Franciscus. 


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Father Day Gift Ideas from Elaina Designs!

Memories are made in tuxedos. Make sure the father in your life has a tuxedo set to honor him. Imagine how many pieces of jewelry you have, yet this may be the one piece of jewelry he will pass down for generations to come. Elaina Designs has a new collection of cufflink and stud sets with options to customize. Please contact Lainey if you’d like to purchase or order, Father’s Day is June 18. Please contact Lainey at lp@elaiandesigns.com or (678) 662-6156.

My Papa, Demetrius T. Papageorge, 1970
Natural Pyrite embedded in Slate, Sterling Tuxedo Set. $1000
Electric Pink Natural Color Pearl and Sterling Tuxedo Set. $900
Sparkling Charcoal Black Druzy and Sterling Tuxedo Set. $900
Sand Dollar Fragment Cufflinks. Blue zircon, Tsavorite, Yellow Beryl, Sterling. $430
Studs can be ordered for an extra $400
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Ithaca, NY Green Door Studio Show May 19-21

The Ithaca Green Door Studio opens its jewels to you this coming Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Come, bask in the sweetness of late spring and explore the therapeutic benefits the Mineral Kingdom offers.

Gratitude flows to each person who has bought and supported my work at the International Light Conference show in Ft. Lauderdale and at the Atlanta studio show over past few weeks. Wow! It has been a fantastic season in spite of, or perhaps because of the uncertainty in our world today. Minerals and gems ground and calm us, because resonating at a consistent frequency is what they DO!

Please bring a friend to come hang out with me this weekend for nibbles as you drink in the beauty.

Green Door Studio Show, May 19-21 
152 Inlet Valley Way (formerly 167-1 Calkins Rd.) Ithaca, NY 14850
Friday, 3PM-8PM  *  Saturday, 11AM-5PM  *  Sunday, 12PM-4PM

For questions or to schedule a private consultation, please contact
Lainey Papageorge,  lp@elainadesigns.com or (678) 662-6156


Blue Topaz and natural Abalone Pearl post earrings $1600. 


Tahitian Circle Pearl, Sterling Whelk Shell Pin, $430. 
Sand Dollar Fragment Cufflinks in sterling with Tsavorite, Blue Zircon, and Yellow Beryl, $430.

Acorn Cap Serenity

When searching for a gift, turn to the gifts given by nature. I found inspiration in acorn caps found at Cumberland Island, GA and dropped from the oaks along Olmsted Linear Park. I never associated an acorn cap with the Buddha’s stylized head until a friend sent me this photo. Thinking about what it might feel like to be an acorn or a pearl…hmmm…Hope to see you at one of my Spring shows.

Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL
International Light Association Conference
Jewelry show April 30 – May 3
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach
801 Seabreeze Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Atlanta, GA
Spring Collection Jewelry Show & Sale
Saturday, May 6, 11AM-5PM
Elaina Designs Atlanta studio: 1780 Marlbrook Dr. 30307

Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Green Door Studio Show & Sale
Friday, May 19, 3PM-8PM
Saturday, May 20, 11AM-5PM
152 Inlet Valley Way (formerly 167-1 Calkins Rd.) 14850

Cumberland Island Water Oak Acorn Cap. Mauve freshwater pearl, sterling. $300. 

Cumberland Island Water Oak Acorn Cap, large blue South Sea Pearl, sterling. $485.

Cumberland Island Water Oak Acorn Cap, Black Tahitian Pearls, 14KT Pink Gold. $1095. 

Olmsted Park Red Oak Baby Acorn Cap, metallic pink freshwater pearl, sterling. $185.

Olmsted Park Twin Oak Acorn Cap, Tahitian Pearl, sterling. $300


Mother Stories and Spring Show Schedule

Miami / Fort Lauderdale, FL
International Light Association Conference

Jewelry show April 30 – May 3
Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach
801 Seabreeze Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Atlanta, GA
Spring Collection Jewelry Show & Sale
Saturday, May 6, 11AM-5PM
Elaina Designs Atlanta studio: 1780 Marlbrook Dr. 30307 

Ithaca, NY
Ithaca Green Door Studio Show & Sale 
Friday, May 19, 3PM-8PM
Saturday, May 20, 11AM-5PM
152 Inlet Valley Way (formerly 167-1 Calkins Rd.) 14850

Having just completed a new selection of inspired jewelry, it’s exciting to share it with you at upcoming shows. If you desire a gift for graduation or a special occasion, please contact me to shop my collection anytime, anywhere.
For Mother’s Day inspiration, here are some custom pieces that express the maternal bond through jewelry.
If you’d like to meet with me while I’m in town, please email or call, lp@elainadesigns.com or (678) 662-6156.

14KT Yellow Gold Baby Bracelet for 2 month old Ava Elle. Her amethyst birthstone is flush set at the back. 

Jane wanted an gold orbit bracelet designed around her mother’s teardrop diamond as a way to honor her.  

Family initials orbit Nancy’s wrist while incorporating diamonds and smokey quartz from her mother’s rings.

Gail is my IVIG nurse and has two young adult sons who present challenges to her. Her reason for the ring? “Sometimes I get lost in their confusion and in their needs. Wearing this ring helps me to get centered again by looking at their beautiful birthstones, reminding me how precious they are to me.”  — Gail T., Atlanta. 

Mother’s Ring: Alexandrite (June), Blue Zircon (December), Amethyst (February), 14k.


Unusual Gemstone Celebrates a Happy Union

Wedding Set for Diane & Steve

Tsavorite Garnet in this pastel mint hue is a rare find, and this one was still in its crystal form when I saw it at Mark Oros’ cutting shop in Trumansburg, NY. Immediately in love with the radiant color, I bought it uncut. It took a few months for Mark and I to decide on this special cut which he calls a “Maya Teardrop.”

Diane’s heart opened as she gazed into the gem at my Atlanta studio. She and her husband-to-be chose the fluid lines of the “Baja” ring design which takes its shape from a found shell fragment. Under the masterful hands of Fareed, this magnificent custom designed wedding set came to life for Diane and Steve.

Tsavorite garnet, Diamond, 14K rose gold.

New Jewelry Series Benefiting Atlanta’s Olmsted Linear Park Alliance

A desire to give back to the Atlanta neighborhood that I grew up in has inspired a new jewelry collection, the Olmsted Linear Park Series.  Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s premier landscape architect established himself during the nineteenth century, best known for Central Park in NYC, the Biltmore House grounds in Asheville, NC as well as other famous green spaces. Olmsted also designed the six city parks that form the backbone of the Atlanta Druid Hills neighborhood along Ponce de Leon Avenue. Each time we drive, walk or cycle through, we utilize the benefits of photosynthesis, birdsong and beauty. To develop this new collection, I spent time underneath each of the park’s iconic trees, searching and seeking symbols that might bring harmony to the wearer; beacons of gratitude for the land that gives so freely of itself. — Lainey 2017.

30% of sales will be donated to the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance. Jewelry can be ordered through Lainey Papageorge, lp@elainadesigns.com or from Sandy Kruger, atlantaolmstedpark@gmail.com.

 Chalice Tree Red Oak Baby Acorn and baby Tahitian Pearl Pendant: cast oxidized silver acorn top. $165 Shadyside Park

 Twin Oaks Twig & Tahitian Pearl post earrings: sterling cast twigs and acorn top. $320 Dellwood Park

Hickory Nutshell & Tahitian pearl, diamond pendant: oxidized silver cast nut shell, $275. Oak Grove Park

Pearls of Wisdom earrings: Tahitian pearl, cast sterling acorn tops from
the Teaching Tree across from Paideia School $295. Oak Grove Park

Olmsted Linear Parkway Necklace depicts the six park shapes cut from reticulated silver with gemstones symbolizing a significant aspect within each park. $950.

Blue Sapphire marks the spring that once bubbled from the ground, Springdale Park.
Pink Sapphire honors Virgilee, Joel Hurt’s daughter who died as a young child, Virgilee Park.
Pearl for wisdom dropped beneath the “Teaching Tree” across from Paideia School, Oak Grove Park.
Ruby for the red oak often referred to as the “Chalice Tree” due to its magnificent shape, Shadyside Park.
Champagne Diamonds for the towering “Twin Oaks”, Dellwood Park.
Emerald for “The Mead”, a spacious meadow where children and families gather, Deepdene Park.

Purple Power

Purple Power Jewelry Series
Inspiration, associated with the third eye is manifest in the purple hue. We need a collective awakening that begins inside each of us to bring about the changes we most fervently desire. Let it begin.

Atlanta showroom open by appointment, (678) 662-6156, lp@elainadesigns.com. Out-of-state clients, please contact Lainey for gift consultation, shipping and free gift wrapping. Jewelry priced at $65 and up. 
Ancient sea floor fossilized Opal clam shell found in Coober Pedy, Australia. Morganite, pink freshwater Pearl, 14KT Pink & White Gold Pendant/Pin. $2330.

“Purple Dream in Action” Sterling, 14KT yellow and pink gold, Royal Lazel Sugelite, Rutilated Quartz, green Sapphire $840. Amethyst necklace sold separately, $110
Original ring design for Lainey’s mother, Irene Phrydas in 1978. Reproduced here in silver with purple Jade from the Mediterranean. size 7.5 $400. 

Grandmother’s Brooch

“Grandmother’s Brooch”
Ann always wanted a pin to celebrate her family during this special time of year.
June, Ann’s mother, commissioned this brooch to incorporate each family member’s birthstone. 

Happy Holidays from Elaina Designs

We are open this week, Monday through Friday 12PM-4PM,
for drop-in shopping at our Lake Claire showroom
1780 Marlbrook Dr. Atlanta, 30307.

Please note, Elaina Designs will be closed December 24 – January 1.

Every February, Lainey hand picks the best priced, most lustrous pearls at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Luckily, we still have a gorgeous selection of necklaces, earrings and rings to tempt you!

Natural pearls and gemstones, prices range from $185 – $2300

Nature Inspired Jewelry

Anole Lizard, Costa Rica.
Yellow & blue Tourmalines, Kyanite, Imperial Jasper, SS, 14KT. Detachable posts. $1080.


Bi-color Tourmalines, Tsavorite, lab grown Opals, rhodium plated sterling. $705.


Keshi Pearls, Aquamarine, Rose-cut Sapphires, Tourmaline, Kunzite, 14KT White Gold Necklace $3060. 
Natural Color Purple Freshwater Pearl, Bi-Color Sapphire, 14KT green & pink gold pendant, $1755.
Photographed on navy Opal beads, $270.

After moving back to my favorite Druid Hills old-growth forest, traveling to the Costa Rica rainforest, the Pacific coast last winter and Alaska this summer, creativity is coursing through me. This season, there are a plethora of interesting jewelry designs to choose from, inspired by tropical creatures, a heavenly ion display, and the mysteries of Fernbank Forest. I invite you to peruse the entire Elaina Designs Collection in person at my home showroom for a broad range of designs to suit any budget. My new website highlights the show stoppers in my jewelry career and is a great reference for custom orders. 

If you are in Atlanta, please drop by the Lake Claire showroom Dec 2 & 3 for an open studio sale. Metaalia Jewelry and Elaina Designs will join forces to wow you with our newest stunners, especially prepared for your holiday shopping.

Each of you are the many blessings I’ll be celebrating this Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Magical Opals that Thrill and Inspire

When potential change inflicted by humans becomes overwhelming, peer into the beauty that millions of years of evolution can bring to the Mineral Kingdom. This mussel once lived in a shallow marine environment on the Gondwanaland continental plate that is now modern day Australia. As the mussel flesh decayed, it left behind a cavity of trace elements that were replaced by silica, which then fossilized into the prismatic colors that we now term “Opal”. These fossils are extremely rare and account for a tiny percentage of all mined opals. The two red spinels are natural in color and come from the mountainous region of Sri Lanka and are ethically mined.

18KT gold enhancer, $3300. Spinel beads sold separately, $350.
Designed by Lainey Papageorge, articulated by FM Abdulky. 

The splendor of this dark bodied Opal from the Abyssinian highlands of Ethiopia has an amazing 360 degree range of color with bright red, blue, green and orange flashes that scream from any light source. The highly sought after Welo Opal deposit was discovered in 2008 by government workers and is ethically sourced. This unusually colored Opal pendant is accented here with a red sapphire that has been treated with the trace element, beryllium. The bright red color is stable, though enhanced.

14KT gold pendant, $1800. Designed by Lainey Papageorge, articulated by FM Abdulky. 

Boulder Opal is 100% natural and ethically mined from the remains of a stagnant freshwater basin known as the Eromanga Sea that existed 97-60 million years ago in what is now Queensland, Australia. This sea lacked carbonantes but was full of organic matter and iron rich sediments. Pure Opal is layered along veins of iron matrix in what is referred to as Boulder Opal.
Iridescent pink and blue wild-formed Abalone pearls flank the Opal in this fine silver and 22K ring. These rare pearls are harvested by a family of licensed divers along the coast of Mexico and California.

 22KT, Fine Silver Ring, $1600. size 8. Designed by Lainey Papageorge, articulated by FM Abdulky. 

Lainey is in town for the rest of the year and is available for appointments and early holiday shopping. Please call or email (678)662-6156 or lp@elainadesigns.com.

Please mark your calendars for our next show:
Elaina Designs & Metaalia Jewelry Open House/Studio,
Friday & Saturday, December 2 & 3, 12-4PM both days
1780 Marlbrook Dr. Atlanta, GA 30307,
in the Lake Claire neighborhood near Decatur

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