Two year on from closing down the shop in Mt Lawley and life hasn’t been any quieter. I have just celebrated the first birthday of my second baby girl and geez the time has flown by. 

I thought it is time to check back in.


Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you for your ongoing support and patience while my business and life had a massive change. I am so lucky that I have been able to still hear from and work with you through a variety of different means. Even after closing the shop I have had constant work from my beautiful customers/friends and that has kept me human. Even though it is a huge juggling act. As most new Mum’s find out quickly when welcoming the little ones into their lives, things are no longer about you, finding that little bit of time where you get to be a person and not just a Mum is very hard. Being able to work with my hands, create, designs, make and even simply communicate with others at an adult level has helped keep me sane (I think haha best ask the ones closest to me they may not vouch for my sanity haha).

What has happened in the last two years? The dogs are looking older, the babies are looking more like kids and I have set up house in the country slowly refreshing and renovating. The jewellery, well its just happened maybe at a slowly pace but that has allowed more creativity. I have been able to work with some awesome people and make heaps of really interesting wedding rings and a few statement pieces. I have listened to plenty of audio books while doing my diamond setting, its my zone time so if you have any recommendations please let me know! 

So what happens from here, where does Tayha Designs go now? No, at this stage I’m not going to open a new shop front its not the right time. My new Tayha Designs work shop is set in the Country on a farm where I get to enjoy farm life and the joys of creating luxury items all at once.

Why the country? It’s dry, its hot or its freezing, the insects are insane but its stunning. The stars are so bright and immense it makes you feel minuscule yet fills you at the same time. The air is fresh and the stillness is calming and with nowhere to be and nowhere to go, life slows down a little. Most of all I love being able to give the girls a childhood full of the freedom and innocence the country life offers.

So whats the plan for Tayha Designs? Well just because at the moment the city is not for me it doesn’t mean it will never be again. In the mean time I’m teeing up a few awesome collaborations and you never know there many even be something lined up back in the big smoke in regards to finding TD in store. You will have to stay tuned for that one. My plan is to continue keeping you updated on the social media platforms and I am trying to dedicate a bit of time to the website to give you all better access. As you all know time seems to be in short supply but I will do my best. In the mean time lets just keep on keeping on and you can always contact me through any means and I will do every thing I can to help. Eventually when the new collections are finished I will work on the online shop but again this is something to look forward to as its not quite ready just yet.

Thanks again for your support. If there is anything you are interested in or want to know about jewellery send me a message, let me know and I will do my best to share what I can.

Talk soon


To all my gorgeous customers, friends, staff and family,

The last six years have been an amazing journey. I have had so much support, loyalty and love come through the doors at my quaint little Mt Lawley Store.

In the beginning when it was just myself, you (my customers) made a little community, a family for me. You have supported me not only by loving my product but simply by coming in to visit and letting me be apart of your life story. I have treasured getting to know you all personally and hearing about your families and adventures.Natalai at a show

Then, as Tayha Designs grew I have had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends, Natalia, by my side. She took the shop and the customers on as her own and made career and a place for herself in this little Astor Arcade. She was definitely thrown in the deep end when she started with me and she took it all in her stride, I couldn’t be more grateful. You are a beautiful person Natalia.


ShopFrom this small beginnings the shop just grow. I have had a fantastic group of people working with me along the way. Monica, Hannah, Sabah, Ben, Erin, Elizabeth, Hayley, Wendy (Mum) and Tamuy you have all added your own touch to Tayha Designs. You have all helped me see different ways of approaching business. It amazed me the dedication and hard work you all put into everything you did at Tayha Designs. For a small shop full of girls (plus Ben) it has been a fantastic work environment. I thank each and everyone of you. I also want to thank all the jewellers that have exhibited in my little gallery, the people of Mt Lawley have really appreciate your unique talents.

Life is full of adventures and challenges and my Mt Lawley store has been both. I honestly feel like I have achieved everything I could of hoped for. Of course I could not have done this with out the love, support and encouragement from my family. Thank you Bree for helping me open, thank you Mum for working for me when all my staff left were on maternity leave. Thank you to Alex for putting up with my long hours and thank you to the rest of Alex and my  family for being there as always. And also thank you to my friends for always being around to help and support.

As most of you know last year I started a family of my own, as did Natalia, Erin and Hayley (almost, due any day now). We have all had (or are having) little girls and with this new chapter in our lives I have decided it is time to change the direction of Tayha Designs a little. No I am not closing up and disappearing, I just couldn’t do that, I love it too much.

I have decided to let the shop front go. I will be putting a bit of time into the web site for a refresh and revamp as Tayha Design will run online and by appointment. I will still provide all the same services but I will be more flexible, being able to come to you and provide a really personalised jewellery experience. I would still love to be your jeweller and help with designing and creating those cherished pieces of jewellery you will love forever.

Once again I just can not thank you all enough and I hope I can continue working with you all. Please don’t hesitate contacting me through the web site, email or facebook I look forward to working with you all soon.

Lots of Love and Kind Regards

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 Lover of all things beautiful, Perth based Su James of Oyster and Pearl blog insightfully chronicles her life with envy inducing imagery and tongue in cheek posts, emphasising that life is not to be taken too seriously. Su intimately documents her fashion finds, worldly travels and delicious food through her blog whilst maintaining a busy full time corporate career as well as a freelance writing gig; it’s no wonder we describe her as superwoman in the making! Here we speak to the delightful Su about her obsessions with shoes, her love affair with New York and her adoration for pearl jewellery…



                 How would you define your personal style?

I define my style as quite feminine with just a little touch of edge to it. I dress just as much for comfort and functionality as I do for style but from time to time you just may find me in something outrageous.

I’m a devotee to the doctrine of high/low dressing and almost always mix less expensive and high street purchases with designer items. My biggest weakness are bags and shoes (I am currently battling an addiction against Valentino Rockstuds!) and there’s nothing that makes me swoon more than the arch of a beautiful stiletto heel.

What are your favourite Australian fashion brands?

I absolutely adore Lover. I would own almost every beautiful piece in their collections if I could. I adore the femininity of lace and the cuts of their dresses can be demure yet desirable all at the same time.

Where is your favourite place to go shopping?

Being quite busy, with both a full time corporate career as well as my blogging and freelance writing committments, I don’t have the time I once did to leisurely browse the retail stores. My weekends and down time are now prioritized to getting some rest and relaxation in addition to catching up with my nearest and dearest. For that reason, online shopping is the go for me.

My favourite online stores are ASOS (don’t we all love ASOS?!) and Farfetch for fantastic buys on designer items.


                                  Who is the influential figure in your life?

This is such a difficult one to narrow down to one person and I’ve concluded that I can’t definitively decide on which one person is the most influential. Thinking about this I realized that I am fortunate to share my life with many creative, talented, smart, and generous people and they collectively influence and inspire me to be the person I want to be and pursue my dreams and goals and encourage me when I need it.  So, if I can, I’ll take this opportunity to let my squad know – you guys are the greatest!

Are there any hidden gems in Perth you’ve discovered recently?

I spent a significant amount of time during the summer at a little patch of beach in between Scarborough and Peasholm Beach. Hidden from the main road by the high sand dunes, it has been bare of but one or two people each weekend I visited, and amazingly only a few metres in each direction there were crowds of people fighting for space for their towels. I’ve loved being able to come down here for a couple of hours with my magazine, cut fruit and bottle of water and just relax and recharge my batteries, and enjoy our climate and spectacular coastline. It’s something as simple as this that makes me appreciate this beautiful city even more.

Where is your favourite holiday destination so far?

Hands down, without a doubt, always will be – New York City. I’ve been so often and spent so much time there I almost don’t consider it a holiday destination anymore and I even half jokingly refer to it as my second home. Undeniably I love Perth and will consider always consider Perth to be my home, but I feel that my heart resides in two places – here and NYC.

I feel as home over there as I do in Perth. It’s everything that people say yet it’s so much more and you almost do yourself a disservice if you don’t allow yourself the time to discover NYC beyond the frenetic energy and hustle and bustle. It’s full of surprises, there’s always something new to discover and I think it’s the kind of city where you discover a little something about yourself as well.

My love affair with NYC started many, many years ago and it’s one I don’t envisage ending any time soon.


Where do you wish to visit one day?

I’ve been interested in ancient civilizations since I was in primary school and definitely cannot leave this earth without exploring the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan.It blows my mind that structures of such scale and magnificence were created centuries ago without our modern technologies, yet the detail and intricacy of their work is phemonemal. To be in a place like that and to experience it all while knowing that it’s been there through so many changes in this world and seen the rise and fall of ancient empires, that is something just incredible.

How would you describe your jewellery style?

When it comes to jewellery, I prefer to invest in quality pieces that are classic and elegant. My favourite piece that I own is a long double strand of pearls that is joined together by a diamond clasp. I adore pearls – is it any surprise then that I named my blog Oyster & Pearl? Far from being something that your grandma or great-aunt would wear, I feel that pearls are something so simply elegant and ladylike yet I don’t think they’re out of place at all paired with a fuss free outfit of nice jeans and a simple top.

What is your favourite piece/or a piece that stood out from Tayha Designs.

The sterling silver double wattle branch ring by Rei Minohara-Starke really stood out for me. I think it would have a great presence on the finger and of course, the use of the wattle is such a lovely homage to one of our native Australian trees.


Where are your favourite places in Perth for:

i. Coffee

I don’t drink coffee, but I do drink hot chocolate and won’t say no to a little piece of cake. For this I can’t go past The Flour Factory in Queen Street. Their baked goods are out of this world and I have to thank their pastry chef for bringing their delightful Valrhona chocolate and double salted caramel cupcakes into my life.

ii. Dinner

A current favourite dinner spot in Perth is Cecchi’s in Inglewood. The menu offers fewer dishes than many other restaurants, however everything on the menu is done exceedingly well. The pasta is featherlight and silky and the flavours are some of the best Italian I have had outside of the home of my friend’s nonna.

iii. Breakfast/lunch

Dim sum may not be most people’s first thought when asked of their favourite place for breakfast or lunch, but to me dim sum is practically brunch, if you’re Cantonese – which I am not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to partake in the enjoyment of those delicious little dumplings. My go-to for dim sum is Imperial Court in Como. Though slightly pricier than the dim sum served in some Northbridge establishments, I do think Imperial Court’s dumplings are fresher in taste with a few very unique dumpling creations you don’t usually find elsewhere. Their soft shell grab is very moreish as are their yummy egg tarts.

 iv. Bars

Working on the terrace, I can’t go past enjoying one of our gorgeous Perth days on the rooftop of Bob’s Bar at Print Hall. Bob’s has a great selection of drinks to go along with the fun and relaxed atmosphere.


What’s the best thing about living in Perth?

I think our carefree spirit is what makes living in Perth so wonderful, and having travelled extensively the people I meet have often remarked to me that people from Perth and Western Australia are amongst the most life-loving people they’ve come across.  I’ll never forget sitting in a cafe in Chamonix, France speaking to one of the musicians who had just finished up their set, discovering that he knew Perth as he had once backpacked through Australia and in his broken English and my less-than-perfect French he shared with me that he loved Perth because “you people, you know life.” I think that sums it up perfectly.

5 words to describe yourself.

Living life like it’s golden.

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Launched in 2011 as a creative platform for her ‘relaxed minimalist’ aesthetics, Jiawa Liu of Beige Renegade is one of Australia’s most influential style bloggers as well as a highly sought after stylist and photographer. Her editorial quality imagery and witty yet informative content continues to inspire her readers to live a beautiful minimalist lifestyle. With her preference of simplicity luxe jewellery it is not suprisingly she comes to adore jewellery designers Rei-Minohara Starke and Natalia De Burgh‘s unique collections from our quaint jewellery boutique in Mt Lawley. Here we had the pleasure of interviewing Jiawa to gain an inner access into her life in Perth, as well as chatting about fashion, travels, her favourite coffee shop and of course, jewellery.

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 How would you define your personal style?

I’m all about simplicity, comfort and livability, with a bit of tomboy thrown in. Comfort and style are synonyms in my dictionary.

What are your favourite Australian fashion brands?

My favourites include Toni Maticevski, Ellery and Dion Lee. These brands are redefining Australian fashion design on the world stage at the moment, and taking it by storm.

Where is your favourite place to go shopping?

The only real ‘shopping’ I do is probably at opshops or designer consignment – it’s a treasure hunt. Apart from this, I wouldn’t really say I ‘go shopping’. I don’t browse, and therefore I don’t normally go into shopping malls or even boutiques. As boring as it sounds, ‘shopping’ for me is really more of a list checking exercise, and I do this mostly online. My favourite online destinations are usually my favourite label’s e-boutiques.

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Who is the influential figure in your life?

I am influenced by so many amazing people in my life, including people I know personally, and those that I admire from afar. At the moment, I am very inspired by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal. Reading her book Girl Boss confirmed to me that it was ok to simply hit the ground running doing what you love without a plan or an end game, just to see where the journey will take you. What’s important is aligning your life with what you are passionate about.

Are there any hidden gems in Perth you’ve discovered recently?

I don’t think this one would be considered ‘hidden’ to most Perthians, but it’s certainly something I didn’t know about before. I recently dropped by Helen Swift Designer Consignments in Cottesloe and couldn’t believe the calibre of designer pieces she has in from all my favourite international designers.

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Where is your favourite holiday destination so far?

While it might not pass as a holiday destination, my birth place, China is my absolute favourite place to visit. Every time I’ve gone back to visit it’s been a life changing experience. The richness of culture you experience in China is both overwhelming and eye-opening.

Where do you wish to visit one day?

I’m going to be really cliché and say Paris, if only it’s because I keep seeing all those gorgeous photos of café strips, tree lined avenues and the Eiffel Tower circulating Pinterest. However, I’m sure I’ll go there and be immediately disappointed by how little resemblance reality has to social media hype!

How would you describe your jewellery style?

I’m extremely minimal when it comes to jewellery. I believe that jewellery should be delicate, simple and personal. It should blend quietly into your personality, rather than upstage you.

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What is your favourite piece/or a piece that stood out from Tayha Designs.

I am in love with just about everything made by Rei Minohara-Starke, especially the Branch Ring and the Beaded Horseshoe Pendant. These designs are beautifully simple, are so full of personality. I also love the Pearl Studs by Taryn Compagnoni.

Where are your favourite places in Perth for

i. Coffee:

Harvest Expresso – their Matcha Latte is to die for, and they’re just around the corner from where I live.

ii. Dinner:

Nandos. I’m a fan of simple comfort food.

iii. Breakfast/lunch:

Mary Street Bakery in Highgate – best almond croissant ever.

iv. Bars:

Andaluz. The atmosphere at this place is very me. I don’t go out much, but when I do, I like to feel like I’m still at home!

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What’s the best thing about living in Perth?

I think Perth has the best of both worlds of a small town and big city. We have everything that you would get, for example, in Sydney or Melbourne, with great shopping, cafes and local events, but we don’t have to deal with the pollution, crowds and infuriating traffic.

5 words to describe yourself.

Obsessive, socially awkward, and methodically beige.

Jiawa is wearing Natalia De Burgh‘s Smile collection and Rei Minohara-Starke‘s Wattle and Branch collections.



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asscher-cut-diamondA versatile diamond that boost a royal heritage and decadent prestige, the Asscher Cut is one of the most beautiful and glamorous diamonds in the world. First created by Joseph Asscher of the Netherlands in 1902, he was famously commissioned by King Edward VII to cut the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond weighing at 3,106 carats. It still holds the record as the largest diamond ever found.

Quick Fact: The original Asscher has 58 facets whereas the Royal Asscher cut has 74 facets.

Although it was first developed in the early 1900s, the Asscher cut came to prominence in the 1920s during the art deco movement. It was seen in many art deco inspired designs and that popularity continued on during World War II. Until the resurgence of interest and re-invention of the Asscher in the late 1990s the cut was a valuable collector’s item and found in antique shops.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Quick Fact: One of the world’s most iconic women wore an Asscher cut – Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton gave her a Krupp diamond at 33.19 carats. It is now known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, and also described as as square cut emerald or stepped square cut. Like the Emerald, the Asscher has cropped corners and clean, defined lines. The diamond can be held by four claw prongs setting to create a square shape or surrounded by round brilliant diamonds in a halo style setting to reveal the cropped corners. Unlike the Emerald cut however, the positioning of the facets creates extra sparkle and brilliance, where it draws you in to the centre of the stone.

The Asscher cut is now a sought after engagement ring for fashion-conscious, professional women in this modern society. Due to its versatility, it can be designed in modern, art deco or vintage style of settings. If you prefer an engagement ring that is not too old fashioned or too sparkly, then the Asscher cut is the perfect engagement ring for you as it has the best of both characteristics.

A timeless and sophisticated diamond, the Asscher cut will continue to retain that element of beauty and aura for many decades to come.

At Tayha Designs we are lucky enough to have designed engagement rings with an Asscher cut stone. Here are a few selections of beautiful Asscher cut rings for happy customers;

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518-_IGP0559hkWe have created wonderful, one of a kind and imaginative engagement and wedding rings for same sex couples over the years. The preference for custom made is at an all time high as couples endeavour to put their own personal touch on their ring designs.

There are various options and ideas for same sex engagement rings and wedding bands. Two ladies could go for the same engagement rings they both would like to wear. Or one would surprise the other with an engagement ring where they would both return to design a second engagement ring.Picture 031

As for guys, an engagement ring can also be a option depending on their personal preferences, it could have a bit of sparkle, unique textures or something a lot more reserved like a plain traditional band. Alternatively, some couples prefer the combination of both engagement and wedding ring that is stunning on its own.

menIt is not entirely necessary for the engagement and weddings rings to be completely identical to each other. There are options to go for rings that differs from one another or alternatively, a slight difference between the two. To make it symbolic and personal, the ring can feature the birthstone of the partner. Changes can be made by colour, metal, size, stones and design. The rings can be personalised, have meaningful symbols or messages. The choices are endless.030-_IGP4657aa

At Tayha Designs, we offer a full one to one consultation for same sex couples who want to create a bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands with a difference. Our experienced designers can help to assist in turning your ideas into reality.




Here are some of the rings we have designed;


Pink diamonds and rose gold

These understated yet stunning engagement rings are created for a wonderful couple who wanted an engagement ring that matches but with a slight difference. We used a combination of white gold, rose gold, pink and white diamonds and created them so the placement is different for each band. A clever way of matching an engagement ring but with a subtle diamond




Sleek, simple and traditional, this handmade 6mm men’s platinum wedding band has a matte finish centre and polished outer edges for a modern touch. The design is then finished off with a square cut black diamond stone in the centre.




If considering a different wedding band, only the slightest alterations can be made. For example, round black diamonds can be used instead with the grooves in the centre with an all over matte finish.



Mokume Ring    Love creating this luxurious and sophisticated multi – coloured Mokume wedding band for our customer. Mokume has a rich cultural history and translate from Japanese as ‘wood grain’. Individual and unique, there are different Mokume designs to go for and a perfect wedding band for couples.






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Meet the very sweet and charming Allison who won our design prize package aallisont UWA’s most recent annual GMA black tie dinner.

We were honoured to be invited to attend the fabulous event as a new sponsor.

Our prize package, valued at $1200, included a whopper sized (12mm) beautiful Tahitian South Sea pearl and also a sit down with one of our designers to discuss how Allison would want to wear her new pearl and of course the make itself.

Allison decided on a rounded sterling silver bangle and because they’re her favourite we added natural emeralds to her bangle to enhance the pearls blue green colour.


pearl bangleThis is the beautiful result. We’re pleased as punch at how it looks and Allison loves it so much she wants even more made!

Stay tuned for more bangles made but using lava rock and other semiprecious gemstones!

211Love is in the air… for jewellery.

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day we have spent an enjoyable afternoon at Tayha Designs picking out a vast range of stunning jewellery that would certainly be an ideal gift and to make the day even more special for your loved ones. Although traditional Valentine’s Day gifts such as a box of chocolate, stuffy animals and a bloom of flowers seems like an obvious choice, however deep down we all know what women really wants, a symbol to represent longevity, enduring romance and coming straight from the heart. There’s nothing more romantic than receiving a piece of jewellery that has been carefully considered, chosen and beautifully wrapped for the celebration of love.

From traditional heart shapes, simple classics to thoroughly unique pieces, we carefully selected a versatile collection of Valentine’s Day jewellery gift ideas that we would absolutely love to receive, and we’re pretty sure you would to. Each jewellery piece we have selected will be cherished forever, have a unique story to tell and the ability to interpret your own story through the sentimental gift.

Drop a hint by sharing this with your loved ones <3

Silver By Kat

Perth-based jeweller Silver By Kat landed in Tayha Designs only a mere week ago and the girls are already gushing over this handmade sterling silver disc pendant with symbolic two heart motif. The carefree and rustic texture of the disc against the smooth surface of the hearts creates a modern yet meaningful contrast. We could imagine this being worn alone or layered with other pendants.



                                                                                                                  Ted Ellyard

Ted EllyardEnchanting and delicate, this 18ct yellow gold ring by Ted Ellyard moves away from the standardised tulip setting normally found in engagement rings for a literal and almost-bloomed tulip ring. The stigma is a 0.10ct round brilliant cut diamond in a rub-over setting which led us to daydream if only real flowers feature diamonds! This would certainly make a unique and romantic Valentine’s Day gesture.


Gillian Cordiner

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the heart theme would it? We absolutely love these dainty and precious sterling silver enamel hook earrings with a highly unusual texture, alligator print! The red enamel is rich and vibrant, which allows the earrings to stand out from the crowd. The heart drop sits just underneath your lobe as if it’s floating. We’re on cloud nine…



                                                               Claire Townsend

256(1)Claire Townsend used silver and anodised aluminium to create this fashionably large circle flower pendant using detailed etching technique. Instead of flowers this pendant will be a enduring fixture for your heart’s desire. It is elegant yet has an element of playfulness. The long black cord necklet adds a modern touch to the overall pendant.





Taryn Compagnoni

Taryn CompagnoniYou can’t go wrong with pearl jewellery. At all. Pearls has survived the consistent waves of ever-changing and buckling trends that would make even the most seasoned fashionista overwhelmed. Pearl jewellery are modernised, re-imagined and innovative yet maintains its history and classic aura. We love Taryn Compagnoni’s lustrous South Sea white pearl subtly enhanced by two round brilliant diamonds on either side in a beautiful modern setting. A gift to last a lifetime.


                                                         Rei Minohara Starke

rei minohara starkeThis stunning ring is inspired by the quiet beauty of Australia’s distinctive nature and drawn from Perth Jeweller Rei Minohara Starke’s own memories, stories and feelings. However, this awe-inspiring ring also tells the story of the person who wears it. The ring is handmade in sterling silver and casted using a golden wattle branch, a floral emblem of Australia. We adore the large quartz stone with resin surrounds to create a wearable version of a single stem of rose. This ring is so versatile it can also be worn as a pendant. Ultimately, two gifts in one!




259Lastly, a hidden treasure! Made in 18ct yellow gold and Mouchite stone the pendant depicts a lit candle flame or a yellow rose bud, we are instantly mesmerised by it.

These unique selection are what we secretly crave from our loved ones however, we are completely spoiled for choice with endless Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Tayha Designs so do visit our gallery during your free time and we can assist you in choosing your ideal gift that will be treasured forever.


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