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Freshwater vs Seawater Pearls

Pearls which possess a uniquely delicate translucence and luster place them among the most highly valued gemstones. Pearls are the birthstone of June, the perfect gift for any occasion and provide an elegant touch to any outfit.

Natural Pearls

Natural Pearls caused by a grain of sand are extremely rare. Throughout history, these pearls were worn by royalty and in Roman times were believed to be more valuable than diamonds. Today natural pearls are highly expensive and are almost impossible to find. Currently, all pearls sold commercially are either cultured in seawater or freshwater, so what’s the difference?

Saltwater Pearls

Mr K Mikimoto revolutionised the pearl industry when he took a tiny bead and planted it into the oyster shell. The oyster layers its luster around the bead-like tiny fish scales which creates a pearl’s shine and colour. Rub a pearl against your teeth, if it feels slightly coarse you know the pearl is genuine. The oysters themselves are not cultivated and are left to grow the pearl naturally, making seawater pearls pricier than freshwater pearls.

Freshwater Pearls

Fresh water pearls are cultivated in lakes or rivers and are becoming more and more popular. The muscles used are re-usable and can produce many pearls, and they can culture freshwater pearls in all different shapes and sizes. It is now possible to get freshwater pearls up to 10mm in size as well as various colours. Cultured freshwater pearls can be dyed yellow, green, blue, brown, pink, purple or black. Black pearls are mostly cultured because they are so rare in nature. In fact, black pearls aren’t actually black but rather a combination of green, purple, blue or silver.

South Sea Island Pearls

South Sea pearls are special extra-large pearls that can only be cultured in the wild. The oyster used can live up to 5 years and weigh 5kg with a 30cm diameter. They are suspended in wire baskets for at least 3 years. Tahitian South Sea Island pearls are cultured in French Polynesia and produce black, grey/green and various magnificent colours. The White South Sea Island Pearls with silver, rose and gold hues are found off the Australian Coast in the South China Sea’s and are 5 times rarer and more valuable.

Expert Tips

We advise keeping your pearls away from perfume and hairspray, and wiping with distilled water using a soft cloth to maintain their natural luster. Pearls must be strung with knots between to protect the pearls from rubbing against each other. Pearls should ideally be restrung once a year as the string can become discoloured.

Bring your pearls into Jack Friedman for your next restringing or shop our new Pearl Collection here (insert web link).

The Bachelor SA

THE BACHELOR SA ENDS WITH A UNIQUE LOCKDOWN FINALE ON M-NET THIS WEEK THURSDAY

Since last week’s eventful final dates, filmed at Kapama Game Resort, fans of The Bachelor SA have been waiting with bated breath to see how the final episode plays out. Who will Bachelor Marc choose at the end of this dramatic season? Shy speech therapist Marisia or extrovert Bridget, who gradually worked her way into the hearts of Marc and viewers alike? Will Marc go down on a bended knee to propose? What will the ring look like? Will there be a fairy-tale ending? And, what’s happening with this season’s  “Women Tell All” and “After The Final Rose” get-togethers during lockdown?

M-Net is finally lifting the lid, but only on some of these pressing questions, of course. By the time South Africa’s lockdown had commenced, the entire season was already in the can. Howard Friedman from the legendary Jack Friedman Jewellers, established in 1933, arrived at Kapamaon Marc’s request and the final events unfolded against the most spectacular African sunset. The only outstanding item for the final broadcast on Thursday 28 May was the live-to-tape studio recording during which the ladies reunite to speak their minds.

“To keep our cast and crew safe and adhere to lockdown restrictions around travel and social gatherings, we had to turn to technology to bring back the ladies and ensure a fitting finale to a riveting season,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard.

The result? A special, world-first, 60-minute lockdown episode that will integrate the last day at Kapama with Zoom calls during which some of the ladies share their thoughts about life in the mansion, Marc and the love journeys of Bridget and Marisia. At the end of the episode, viewers will also see what happened “after the final rose”.

But that’s not where the action stops. After the end credits roll, fans will be invited to the unique, quirky The Bachelor SA Pyjama Afterparty on the M-Net website. This is where the ladies will get the opportunity to grill Marc about his decisions and their departures, and clear the air around some of the drama in the mansion. There will be Zoom group calls, as well as individual video sessions from the ladies’ homes.  We will also find out how lockdown has been treating them, and if they have perhaps found another love interest after leaving the show.

Here’s a list of some of the clips to feature during The Bachelor SA Pyjama Afterparty, taking place on Thursday, 28 May.

  • The ladies talk about their relationships in the mansion.
  • Qiniso, Daniella, Silke, and Stefanie share some behind-the-scenes moments not seen on screen.  
  • Marc answers questions from Gillian, Rikki, Pasha, Jess C, Andeline, and Silke
  • Jason and Marc get real as they reflect on the season and find out whether Marc would change anything. 
  • The ladies play the LottoStar ‘Most Likely To’ game one more time, now that they’ve watched the season. 
  • Xia, Greta, Pi, Tamryn, Michaela, Mulesa, Parushka share where they are now, and reflect on their experiences from this season. 
  • The ladies and Marc respond to some spicy viewer tweets.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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Jess.R leaves The Bachelor SA heartbroken The Top 2 meet Marc’s parents

From the very first night Marc met her on the red carpet, he fell in love with her eyes and wanted to know more about the beauty in the princess gown. She waited a long time for a date with her prince charming – but he saved the best for last – inviting her to the very first getaway date in Namibia and gifting her with the very first piece of custom made Jack Friedman jewellery. In episodes that followed, she evidently became the leading lady vying for Marc’s heart and a huge threat to the other ladies in the mansion. But, last night (Thursday, 21 May) in a shock exit, Jessica Ross was sent home without a rose or much of an explanation during the penultimate episode of The Bachelor SA.

The 28-year-old fashion designer had her dreams of a potential life with Marc shattered in a matter of minutes as he tried to explain the reasons behind his decision – many of which she didn’t understand. Jess grappled with his explanations and the outcome was a difficult reality for her to digest. She would hear nothing of it, saying to him that there were no signs or red flags on their last date, or even in the past two months that they had been together. In tears, she questioned how he could do this to her after everything and if any of it was even real. He apologised for hurting her and she responded with “it’s fine, I’m just gonna go. There’s nothing else you can say,”.

This means that the top two ladies vying for Marc’s heart and that beautiful Jack Friedman ring is 31-year-old Bridget Marshall, a travel agent from Durban and 24-year-old Marisia van Wyk, a speech therapist from Krugersdorp.

A recap of the episode:

The tables were turned this week as the top two ladies met the two most important people in Marc’s life, before embarking on their final romantic dates where the exciting option of using the fantasy suites was on the cards. Marc’s parents, Marcel and Jenny, were pleased with both of the ladies and were proud of Marc. Marc’s dad wanted him to establish where the ladies’ heads were at and what they wanted, as a relationship is a two-way street. Marc’s mom shared that she believes that a great relationship starts off as a friendship, but that she is concerned about age – as Marc is very mature for his 37-years. 

Once the awkward family visits were over, Marisia and Bridget prepared for their final dates and ultimately their final opportunity to solidify their relationships and convince Marc why each of them should be the one. 

Marisia was taken on a romantic bush walk, where they could just enjoy each other and talk. The walk was followed by a little picnic in the bush and finally a super-romantic bubble jacuzzi bath with champagne and rose petals. They cleared up things about their relationship, talked about vulnerability, their fears and their intentions. After their activities, the couple made their way to a secluded romantic dinner. When the invitation to the fantasy suite arrived, Marc was hesitant and explained to Marisia that he feels guilty – because he is dating two women – and he doesn’t think it would be fair. This left Marisia feeling confused and questioning his feelings about her, but she respected his decision. 

Bridget’s date was next, and she was whisked off to a secluded outdoor setting in a helicopter, where the couple spent the afternoon laughing and just enjoying each other’s company – which Marc enjoyed – as he kept affirming that this is exactly how he sees his life in the future. Their picnic was followed by a romantic dinner, where their fun banter continued. This time around, Bridget managed to convince Marc to accept the fantasy suite invitation, as she would really like extra time with him. He agreed to have one drink, so they could spend more time, and left. 

At this stage, it could be anyone’s guess whom Marc has fallen head over heels for. But, from the dates, it’s evident that both ladies are in it for the long haul. Tune in next week for the season finale to see how the love story ends! 

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying an Engagement ring can be daunting, follow our Dos and Don’ts to find the perfect ring your partner will love!

Do spend at least 2 to 3 months of your salary on the engagement ring.  This is one of the most important decisions of your life and the budget should reflect this. The choice of the right life partner will mean a lifetime of happiness, therefore what better place to spend on the right choice.  

Don’t over spend on your budget the next stage of your life will be very costly, with weddings, honeymoons and new homes. Set a budget and stick to it.

Do ensure that if you do not know the exact finger size, we advise that you rather make the ring one size bigger. You don’t want your partner to feel embarrassed when the ring doesn’t fit. Don’t worry if it’s slightly too big, Jack Friedman offers free re-sizing on all our engagement rings.

Don’t buy a diamond without a GIA (Gemlogical Institute of America certificate) or an EGL (European Gemological certificate), this certificate displays the independent graded specifics of the diamond such as clarity and any inclusion not seen to the human eye that may devalue the diamond. This will also guarantee the value of the diamond. 

Do shop for a diamond using the 4 C’s: carat, cut, clarity and colour. See our previous blog on the importance of choosing a diamond according to the 4 Cs. Link here

Don’t buy a diamond that appears to be too cheap. There is always a reason why a diamond would have a very low price, there is usually something wrong with the diamond that a non-diamond expert would not be able to see.

Do pay attention to your partner’s current jewellery preferences, for example if all their existing jewellery is white metal then white gold or platinum would be the right choice. If most of their jewellery is gold then yellow gold or rose gold is best.

Do your research. This is a special purchase that you will have for the rest of your life, make sure you shop around to make sure you are getting the best price for the best ring. Check out Jack Friedman’s engagement ring collections to see if our offering is the same or better than what is available out there. We know you won’t be disappointed!

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Diamond Alternatives for the Non-Traditional Bride

Diamonds are not all girls’ best friends. Celebrities including Kate Middleton, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry and Halle Berry have all adorned a coloured stone engagement ring.

Emerald

Halle Berry and Olivia Wilde have opted for an emerald stone engagement ring. Emeralds represent harmonic energy that allows for a successful relationship. It is related to abundance and creativity that offers emotional spiritual balance to its wearer. While we love the deep green colours of Emeralds, an affordable alternative to Emeralds are Tsavorite, also known as the mint garnet, just as opulent without breaking the bank.

Sapphire

Sapphires are everyone’s best friend. Kate Middleton and Penelope Cruz stand out with blue Sapphires, Princess Eugenie has chosen a pink Sapphire. Blue Sapphires are a great choice as they come in a range of different sizes and prices to suit everyone’s budget. For a Pink Sapphire alternative, we love morganite.  Sapphires represent royalty symbolizing wisdom, truth and sincerity. If you want a diamond look-alike at a fraction of the price shop for a white Sapphire. White Sapphire’s are known for their brilliance that bring out their sparkle.

Ruby

Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham have chosen the blood red Ruby for their engagement ring. Rubies represent passion and are thought to be the stone of love, power and vitality. Rubies can be more expensive than both Sapphires and diamonds depending on their quality, for a just as great alternative take a peak at our garnet collection.

Our Recommendation

Emeralds are a soft stone and can scratch easily, so if you are planning to wear your engagement ring everyday Jack Friedman recommends Rubies and Sapphires as they are almost as hard as diamonds and will last a lifetime. All Jack Friedman’s engagement ring collections can be made with Sapphires or Rubies.

The Bachelor SA

Marc hands out the final three roses – and Gillian leaves empty-handed!

After visiting their homes and meeting their loved ones, South Africa’s most eligible single guy, dreamboat Marc Buckner has chosen the three ladies whom he will take to the next significant phase of his love journey on M-Net’s hit reality dating show, The Bachelor SA. But first, he had to say goodbye to someone who has made warm and fuzzy footprints in the hearts of many viewers – bubbly and adventurous Gillian-with-a-G. 

That means that Bridget, Jess.R and Marisia will spend some quality time with Marc at the extravagant five-star game lodge Kapama, before he makes his final decision on Thursday, 28 May during the series’ much-awaited final Rose Ceremony. In the next couple of episodes, the three ladies will go on adventure dates and have the option of visiting the Fantasy Suites with Marc. 

Although Gillian left the Bachelor mansion with a smile after last night’s Rose Ceremony, she had nothing to say to Marc. But her parting words to viewers were telling: “It’s the end of the journey. The only thing that I really wish was that he didn’t put me in the top four,” What can I do? I cannot force a connection, but he’s following his heart, he’s following his gut. I couldn’t even say anything to him,”.

Gillian and Marc had an easy-going relationship and he especially appreciated how open and honest she was. Their relationship went to the next level when Marc invited Gillian to a special one-on-one date next to a lake, where she let down her walls and showed Marc a completely different side to her, sharing her beautiful upbringing and getting intimate with Marc. Although Marc was the very first man to be introduced to Gillian’s mom and friends, their connection just fizzled out and wasn’t enough for him to take things to the next level. In his discussion with Jason before the Rose Ceremony, he noted that since the chemistry date, he and Gillian had this crazy attraction followed by affection and kissing, but with the home visit, it all subsided. 

A breakdown of the hometown dates:

  • Bridget in Durban (Marc and Bridget’s hometown)

The date: Bridget took Marc on an old-school-high-school date at the arcade. The couple spent the afternoon bowling and playing arcade games, which was filled with loads of laughter and flirting. Marc and Bridget have formed a great friendship as a basis of their relationship, and share great banter. While she is giddy and excited by the prospect of a life with Marc, she does still have her reservations. Bridget is afraid that he still sees her as a friend, and will friend-zone her like many of her past relationships. At the end of the date, Marc admitted that he is enjoying her more and more and that his attraction to her is increasing as he gets to learn more about her, while Bridget couldn’t stop wiping the smile off her face and saying that she has completely fallen for him.

Meeting the family: Marc met Bridget’s mom and dad, and her aunt and uncle. He immediately felt comfortable and welcomed, and her Uncle thought that they looked great together as a couple. The visit went very well and Marc felt relaxed and right at home. While Bridget’s dad was apprehensive, he said that they were well suited and her mom was impressed, saying that he is a decent chap.

Marc’s round-up with Jason: Loved the date, loved her warm and welcoming family and believes that their relationship has moved from friendship to something more romantic.

  • Jess.R in Cape Town (Marc and Jess.R’s current hometown)

The date: Jess.R recreated a date that she has dreamt about since she was a little girl – a picnic at Spier with no distractions – where they could chat and unpack more about their relationship. During the date, it was evident that their relationship feels natural and easy-going or as Marc refers to it, like “high-school sweethearts”. Marc noted after the date that she kisses very well and that they just enjoy their time together!

Meeting the family: Jess.R had Marc meet her parents and her best friend Melissa. Jess.R felt weird about introducing Marc to her family because she wasn’t in a committed relationship yet. Her best friend Melissa took the honours of finding out Marc’s intentions with Jess and warned him to be careful with her heart. While her family was pleased to see her happy and in love, they were concerned about her getting hurt.

Marc’s round-up with Jason: Loved her dad, but felt like he needed to be saved from Jess.R’s mom, as he wasn’t sure if she liked him. For him, family is important and he needs to know if he can get along with someone’s family.

  • Gillian-with-a-G in Johannesburg

The date: Gillian invited Marc to enter Gilly’s world, where she would reveal another side to her – her love for photography. She believes that Marc should learn things about her in stages, to keep things fresh and exciting, which Marc quite enjoys. The pair spent the afternoon doing a photoshoot, while also chatting and getting to know each other better.

Meeting the family: Gillian was extremely nervous about introducing Marc to her mom and best friends because she has never brought anyone home to meet them. She felt like her mom was accepting but still tried her best to make everyone comfortable and not awkward. Gillian’s mom was curious as to why Marc chose her, while her friends wanted to know what made Gillian different from his other suitors. For Gillian, her mothers’ opinion was the only one that counted – and she was pleased that her mom was happy and believed that he had a good heart. Marc noted that their relationship was evolving slowly, but was surprised to learn about her social media life for the very first time.

Marc’s round-up with Jason: Their crazy attraction subsided after the hometown date, and he felt thrown with her social media life that he didn’t know about.

  • Marisia in Johannesburg

The date: Marisia chose an adventurous activity for her date, which was right up Marc’s alley. She chose to do rock-climbing, which Marc thought was extremely smart, as they had the opportunity to get to know each other better, work together and build their relationship. He also noted that she looked “so sexy” in her little leopard shorts. He noted that she is very like-minded in many ways and that they both enjoy similar things. Marisia found his adventurous side very attractive and also thought that he looked sexy.

Meeting the family: Marisia was initially nervous to introduce Marc to her Afrikaans family. Before they arrived, she tipped him off to greet everyone with a kiss, as per Afrikaans tradition. She also mentioned to him how important family is to her. She introduced Marc to her parents and her two best friends, and to Marc’s surprise, the visit was extremely jovial with no awkward moments. Overall, her parents were content and liked Marc with her dad calling them “very well-matched”.

Marc’s round-up with Jason: He was very excited about the date and appreciated her family for being so accommodating by speaking English. He especially loved seeing Marisia come out of her shell, but is concerned about her emotional maturity. 

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter(@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

The Bachelor SA

Fan favourites Qiniso and Mulesa miss out on The Bachelor SA’s hometown visits

It’s been an intense few weeks on M-Net’s hit reality dating show, The Bachelor SA. Ten weeks ago, the show’s smart and sexy bachelor, Marc Buckner,  embarked on an adventure of a lifetime to find true love. He has forged incredible connections and in addition to all the tears and heartache, viewers witnessed startling drama and steamy intimate moments. This week, with six beautiful ladies remaining at the mansion, Marc faced the most difficult decision of the season. From the six stunning ladies in the mansion, he had to pick the top four – the ones who would take him to meet his family and friends during the home town visits.

The first lady to sigh a sigh of relief, knowing that she was taking Marc home, was Gillian-with-G. She received the coveted rose after a romantic one-on-one date, during which she could let down her walls and show Marc a different side to her. His heart got all mushy when she told him about her beautiful upbringing and special relationship with her mom.

At the rose ceremony Marc handed three remaining roses to Jessica R, Marisia and a surprised Bridget. Clearly Marc did not “friend-zone” her, as she firmly believed. So, this means that lovely, soft-spoken 27-year-old Human Rights Activist and Mediator Mulesa Lumina from Baysville in East London and fan darling 26-year-old Model and Masters Student, Qiniso van Damme from Cape Town, had to go home – without Marc! 

Despite Mulesa’s and Qiniso’s connections with Marc not being strong enough to see them through the next chapter, both ladies have had a memorable journey in their quest to win over Marc’s heart. Qiniso caught Marc’s eye from the moment he laid eyes on her on the red carpet and she was the first beauty to bag a flaming kiss with him! While Mulesa’s relationship with him may have started slow, he’s spent the most time with her and who can forget when he called her “the most beautiful woman he has ever seen”.  

Some highlights from the episode:

A ride in the countryside

Marc invited three lovely ladies for an adventure date in the countryside, where he attempted to unravel which relationships were progressing and which were going backwards. Marisia, Qiniso and Bridget received the invitation, but due to a dental emergency, Qiniso had to sit the date out. As per Marc’s request, Mulesa took Qiniso’s place – much to Jess.R’s dismay – who believed that Mulesa had spent sufficient time with Marc. The outdoor date was a fun mountain biking activity in Magaliesburg, where Marc had little chats with each of the ladies along the way, asking those all-important questions to dig deeper into each relationship. The date may have helped Marc to make up his mind, but the ladies were all left feeling confused and wondering if they have done enough

The Cocktail Party

The six ladies looked dazzling for the Cocktail Party, dressed in beautiful gowns and draped in jewels by Jack Friedman. The Cocktail Party was ultimately their last opportunity to chat with Marc and explain to him why he should choose them for hometowns. The evening felt uncomfortable and awkward and the ladies just wanted to have their chats and figure out where they stood before the Rose Ceremony. Bridget also broke down during the course of the evening, worried about the fact that their relationship was just platonic, and she was tired of always being the “friend”, which has been a pattern in past relationships.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 is  screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet). 

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Beautiful Rikki leaves The Bachelor SA

Her spectacular red carpet entrance revved up the romance on the very first night of The Bachelor SA and her contagious smile had viewers all over rooting for her to win over dreamy Marc Buckner’s heart. But tonight, in a surprise exit, 34-year-old raved-haired beauty Rikki Brest didn’t receive a rose and was sent home at the shows tenth Rose Ceremony.

The stunning all-rounder who has a number of titles under her belt – TV presenter, drummer of a popular girl band, drum teacher, actress, DJ, MC and marketing lecturer – spent weeks at the mansion – patiently awaiting her turn to be wooed by Marc – but to her disappointment – the moment never came to fruition. Rikki watched for weeks as her fellow housemates received their names on dates cards and enjoyed special dates to get to know Marc better. The constant waiting had Rikki eventually feeling frustrated and wanting to call it quits.

Rikki was invited to the second group date of the season along with five other girls, where they competed to beat Marc’s time on a skid course in a stylish Toyota Supra. Although Gillian won the competition, Marc clearly wanted more time with Rikki, and chose her to spend extra time. The pair spent the rest of the afternoon, in the back of his cosy Toyota Hilux, getting to know each other better. The date wasn’t sealed with a kiss, but there was a rose to sweeten the deal. Since then, the date cards didn’t roll in and Rikki was forced to make the most of her time with Marc at the Cocktail Parties, where most of their relationship developed, including some passionate kisses.

Marc convinced her that he was keeping her around for a reason, but a frustrated Rikki had had enough. Last week she expressed that she is not willing to wait forever, because she knows her worth. This week, she was ready to reject a rose after being let down once again and her patience running out, “I really don’t want to be negative again. I don’t want to tell him the same thing again. He is 36-years-old and if he can’t hear what I am saying, then what is the point of repeating myself over and over,” she said. During their last conversation at the Cocktail Party, she laid down her feelings to him for the last time: “I’m not going to beg, I’m not going to play games. If you wanted to spend time with me, you would have made a plan to do that,”.

A leap for love

Four beauts were invited to a thrilling group date. The challenge: To bungee jump off of the infamous Soweto Towers! Rikki was immediately relieved to not be invited, whilst Bridget, Gillian and Marisia were thrilled to spend more time with Marc. Jess.R on the other hand, was a little annoyed because she previously told Marc about her back injuries, and didn’t want to be the person who says no to something fun. Clearly, Marc wanted to spend more time with his number one lady, regardless if she jumped or not! Marisia took the jump in her stride and enjoyed the exhilarating experience, Gillian literally took a leap for love, kissing Marc just before she went for it and Bridget had to pluck up the most courage to eventually get the job done. Jess.R didn’t end up jumping but did manage to steal some sweet kisses, during some alone time just before Marc jumped.

Ingredients for love

Elegant Mulesa seems to be right at the top of Marc’s mind recently. Last week, she was invited for one-on-one time, which was stolen by Marisia with her Wild Rose and at the Cocktail Party  and she won one-on-one time after winning the Lottostar “Bet-on-Love” Blackjack game. Despite having spent sufficient time with her, Marc invited her for yet another one-on-one date, which many of the girls thought would be for Rikki!

Mulesa had the privilege of preparing a meal with Marc, one of his favourite past times. They chatted and got to know each other better, and reignited the flame. She also got a rose to put her mind at ease! After the date, Marc admitted: “The more time I spend with Mulesa alone, one-on-one, the more I can see that she is allowing herself to feel. She’s breaking down those walls very quickly. It’s different when there are other ladies around, but when it’s just the two of us, she’s very open and invested in this relationship,”. While Mulesa said giddily, “I feel very much at ease and very comfortable. And yeah, I do like him,”.

The Cocktail Party

The girls played another round of “Never-have-I-ever”, where Jess.R felt yet again as a target, with the girls speaking about her as if she wasn’t even there. When Marc arrived, he immediately grabbed Bridget for a chat. Then, Qiniso and Marc reached another level in their relationship, as they engaged in deep conversation about their families, moving away from the superficial conversations that he has been having with everyone else, which he really appreciated. Gillian’s relationship has reached a very physical level with Marc, as they enjoyed a very intimate and sexy make-out session at the “smooch couch”. The two of them really got in there, and Marisia almost awkwardly walked in on them! She got a chance with him later though, where Marc admitted that he’s getting shyer around her and he’s grateful to her for opening up. Jess.R was all smiles and excited to see and chat to Marc again, but was infuriated when Mulesa interrupted their time to get Marc to chat to Rikki.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet). 

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Who will take a leap for love on The Bachelor SA?

This week’s group date on the The Bachelor SA is not for the faint of heart. Easy-on-the-eye Marc Buckner will invite four of the ladies to take a giant leap for love with him. While one of the ladies are relieved for not making Marc’s date list, another one is feeling quite anxious about being included. At this stage of the love game, any time with Marc is a bonus. But who is he falling for?

With seven ladies left and family visits looming, deciding who should receive roses has become more difficult than ever before for Marc. So, where are the ladies standing with Marc now?

Mulesa. There’s something about Mulesa that intrigues Marc. Remember how he called her the most beautiful woman he has ever seen? And her name seems to be popping up a lot recently. With Pasha gone, will she reignite the flame of love with Marc?

Qiniso. Marc made no secret that he was attracted to Qiniso right from being the first lady to enter the mansion. The chemistry was then confirmed with the first flaming kiss of the season. When Marc had questions about Q’s motivation for being on the show, he cleared up the confusion during the surprise two-on-one date with Jess.C,  showing that he still wanted to explore the relationship. She started coming out of her shell last week and this week she’s ready to make an important move!

Bridget. She has transformed from being the “queen of drama” to the “queen of hearts”. The ladies – and Marc – have grown increasingly fond of Bridget. Marc invited her for a special one-on-one after the Lottostar “Most-likely-to” game – where she was serenaded by Daniel Baron – and she has been completely honest and real with him. Is she the dark horse of the season?

Rikki. Beautiful brunette Rikki is one of the more mature ladies in the mansion and is ready for a serious relationship. One can’t help but notice from their interactions that there is a connection between Rikki and Marc, but why is he not inviting her on a one-on-one date? Is he perhaps waiting for the right moment?

Marisia. Shy and sweet Marisia has had two one-on-one dates with Marc and was the second lady to receive a Jack Friedman jewellery piece. And by using her Wild Rose she met Marc’s beloved rescue pooch Luna. The chemistry is clearly there, but is there a strong enough emotional connection?

Gillian. Happy-go-lucky Gillian-with-a-G has been enjoying every moment in the mansion – and her times with Marc.  She isn’t afraid to speak her mind. But, her secret weapon is knowing exactly how to separate the drama from her relationship with Marc, making their every moment together special.

Jess.R.  The stats say she’s in the lead when it comes to winning Marc’s heart: She nabbed the first getaway date, the first piece of Jack Friedman jewellery and has been receiving the most attention from Marc. Marc also seems to get giddy when he’s around her and is very concerned with how she feels like viewers saw at the pool party last week. Should we just head to the final with Jess.R like Pasha mentioned last week? 

More reasons to tune in:

  • What’s cooking, good looking? Marc impresses a lovely lass with his culinary skills on a special one-on-one date.
  • Digging deeper: Qiniso takes the time to get to know Marc on a deeper level… will he appreciate her efforts?
  • The smooch room: There’s one spot in the mansion where all the kissing seems to happen. Who will end up with Marc in this room this week?

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

The Bachelor SA

Shock exit on The Bachelor SA: Vivacious front runner Pasha goes home

In a surprise move, The Bachelor SA’s Marc Bucker decided to end his love journey with one of the alleged front runners to capture his heart. It’s true: Pasha dos Santos did not receive a rose this week!

From Season 2’s very first Rose Ceremony, the exquisitely beautiful 27-year-old dancer from Cape Town unleashed the green-eyed monster in the show’s luxurious mansion. Her difficult time with the other ladies started when Marc picked her as the first recipient of the then mysterious Wild Rose, which allowed her to steal a date, which she did when the first opportunity presented itself. To many of the ladies’ dismay, Pasha also clinched two coveted one-on-one dates with the handsome Bachelor, while they were anxiously waiting for their chance to get to know him a little better.

 No wonder her competition – and many fans of the show – figured that she was a strong contender to end up with a ring on her finger.

Often misunderstood Pasha’s sexy lap dance at the talent show did not raise her popularity in the mansion. The ladies questioned the chemistry between Pasha and Marc and became adamant about showing him what they called “the person behind the façade”. Their devious plan kicked in at the Lottostar “Most-Likely-To” game, where they turned her into a target. Then they moved on to tipping Marc off individually during their conversations.

Even though Pasha tried to stay focused, all the tension took its toll. In the last few episodes, she made comments about being tired of running after and sharing a man. She also realised this week that Marc may no longer be interested when he didn’t address her at the pool party and was cold and unaffectionate towards her during their conversation at the Cocktail Party. During her exit, she said: “It’s okay that it’s come to this. I really appreciate the journey. It’s taught me a lot, I’ve grown a lot. I’m really, truly grateful. Out of the ladies who are left, I might pair Marc up with Jess.R or Marisia, just because they both don’t like conflict, and that’s what he likes,”.

The dramatic dinner party continued…

Last week, viewers were left in suspense, wondering if Rikki’s journey on The Bachelor SA would continue. All was cleared up when Marc asked for ten more minutes and whisked Rikki off for a chat, where he cleared things up, enjoyed a smooch and gave her a rose, phew! 

While Rikki enjoyed her alone time with Marc, the rest of the ladies cleared the air. Here’s the tea: 

  • Jess.R was exposed for asking Marisia not to use her Wild Rose
  • Qiniso called Jess.R out, “I actually can’t deal. The fakeness here and the desperado is wow,” she said.
  • Jess.R explained what she meant to Gillian, while Pasha rolled her eyes. 
  • Pasha passed snide comments about Jess.R’s request to Marisia, which prompted Bridget to ask her to stop, “I know you want to keep it up, but you must stop now because it’s getting a bit much and everyone’s on edge and everyone’s sensitive. Just leave it,” she said.
  • Pasha didn’t stop. Bridget flipped, followed by Marisia. 
  • Bridget and Pasha broke out into an intense argument… Pasha stormed off, followed by Bridget and Marisia shortly after in tears.

The Pool Party

Marc hosted a pool party at the mansion, in an attempt to lighten the mood. When he arrived, he greeted all the ladies and sat next to Jess.R, who was clearly sulky and unresponsive. The two of them left for a chat where she broke down in tears, explaining to him how she was feeling and being treated in the house. They returned from their chat holding hands, and by that point, the other ladies felt like outsiders at the pool party, with Marc only paying attention to Jess.R. He then spent some time with the other ladies, who took the opportunity to discuss the Jess.R situation, which he didn’t really enjoy. He then pulls Marisia aside, to basically tell her that he wants her to use the Wild Rose.

A special one-on-one

During the pool party, Marc delivered a date card, inviting Mulesa for a one-on-one date. But, surprise, surprise, shy Marisia decided to use her Wild Rose after all! By using her Wild Rose, she may have received one of the most special dates yet – she got to meet Marc’s beloved furry friend, Luna! Marc and Marisia spent their date bonding with each other and Luna, and eventually cuddling on some cushions in a romantic setting, where he presented her with a custom made Jack Friedman earring set – and a rose! 

The Cocktail Party

The ladies were treated to a special Lottostar Casino Royale evening, where they each could bet on love with a game of Black Jack. The prize? Guaranteed uninterrupted time with Marc. In the end, Mulesa and Bridget found themselves with a similar amount of chips but decided to even it out so that Marc could choose between them. But – to Bridget’s disappointment – Jason announced a sudden death round and Mulesa won. She used the time to catch up and find out the status of their relationship.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened every Thursday at 19:00 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now. Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website , and join the conversation with #TheBachelorSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and proudly sponsored by Lottostar. Lottostar is a fixed-odds online betting platform that offers South Africans the chance to bet and win big on the world’s biggest Lotteries, Live Games, Instant Play Games, ScratchCards & Sports Betting – with over R2,4 Billion in winnings paid out in just the last 3 years. Lottostar is licensed by the Mpumalanga Economic Regulator. No u18s. National Responsible Gambling Programme 0800 006 008. You are not playing directly in these lotteries but rather betting on the outcome or result of such lotteries.

The Palesa Crown

2014 - 2016

When Rolene Strauss, Miss South Africa 2014 (who became Miss World 2014), was announced at Sun City, she was crowned with a brand new glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title. 

The team at Jack Friedman Jewellers wanted something that was both elegant and memorable. They decided to make the crown from platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earths crust, and synonymous with South Africa which accounts for 80 percent of world production. The precious metal in the Miss SA 2014 crown comes from Anglo American Platinum.

Miss South Africa 2014 - Miss World 2014

The Enhle Crown

2016 - 2018

A symbol of royalty the Enhle crown was an exquisite design by Jack Friedman. This pushed the boundaries of Jewellery design and we ensured that all the Miss South African woman who wear this crown feel and look like a queen.

Each name the Miss South Africa winners are engraved on the base.