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Video: Olive Grove Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Are you looking for a permanent botanical option sure to stand out from the rest? In this video, Tom Bowling introduces the beautiful Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

These permanent botanical olive options are available in three styles – tree, topiary, and spray. Tom takes a few moments to explain how you can use all three of these in a single arrangement, taking inspiration from the bountiful farm-to-table theme so popular today.

You may have noticed that events are moving more toward the use of long tables instead of multiple round tables. This opens the possibility for creative runner ideas, a perfect fit for abundant farm-to-table themes. 

Tom explains how these artificial olive products from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale can become part of a dramatic runner. By using a mix of the taller artificial olive trees and the shorter artificial olive topiaries, you can create a runner that keeps the eye flowing across the entire arrangement. He also mentions the spray format and shows how you can bend back the stems to create a runner base from its silk foliage.

Tom points out a unique feature of the topiary and tree options. Each one comes pre-potted, providing weight and stability for versatile display. These can be dropped into the wholesale containers of your choice for an instant upsell or to customize the look to suit the theme of an event. 

So next time you are considering a farm-to-table look for your next event, consider the Olive Grove Collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Shop the complete Olive Grove Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWOT2622DKGR Olive Topiary w/Pot, 19”, 4” Black Plastic Pot, Green
PWOT35 Olive Tree w/Pot, 35”, w/216 Leaves and 27 Olives, Green
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray, x3, 30”, Green

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Video: Vanilla Dream Design

Amy Lombardo - Monday, September 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Monobotanical arrangements an especially popular look right now. Monobotanical refers to arrangements that use just one type of silk flower, a straightforward look that offers a surprising amount of flexibility.

In this video, talented designer Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI creates an inspiring monobotanical arrangement to show just how gorgeous this style can be. His choice of permanent botanical for this demonstration is a selection of wholesale silk cabbage rose from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, using just two colorways from the tremendous spectrum available within the catalog.

Tom will also be working a touch of silk foliage into the design. His selections are silk silver dollar eucalyptus and intricate artificial maidenhair fern, both wholesale foliage options from Pioneer. 

The base for this design is the elegant “Mallory” glass compote in silver, prepared before the video with a block of dry floral foam. Tom begins by styling the perimeter with the artificial fern, working his way from one side of the compote to the other.

You may notice that he hadn’t added any moss or other cover to conceal the floral foam. He begins that step next, working the moss around the outside. He uses only the most sparing amount to keep the composition looking nice and clean.

Next, Tom changes up the texture with silk eucalyptus. He describes his technique for creating a more natural look, manipulating each piece into a more lifelike position after insertion.  

After creating a sweeping line across the composition with the artificial eucalyptus, Tom begins to add the silk cabbage rose. He draws special attention to the vanilla dream coloration, a nice warm option with a soft and friendly look. 

Tom offers a few tips about the silk cabbage rose foliage. Sometimes he gently slides the foliage upward along the stem for prominence, and other times he removes it. He saves this silk foliage for later compositions – a smart way to stretch a supplies budget and prevent material waste. Another way he stretches his budget is using bush-format products rather than individual stems.

Silk cabbage rose in the chalk colorway is the next addition. Tom places these with careful attention to depth, making sure to preserve negative space. He comes back and fills in the design with more silk foliage, using the lacy maidenhair fern to balance out the heavier greens. 

The result is a small and compact colonial design that would look great anywhere. Tom notes that you could easily transform this into an oblong shape – perhaps for a dramatic centerpiece – by taking some of the longer silk foliage placements to the outside edge. 

This composition came together in just minutes, showing just how brilliantly simple monobotanical arrangements can be. 

You can find all the supplies used in this demonstration available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the rest of the fascinating silk cabbage rose colorations, or branch out and browse hundreds of other silk flower and foliage options for your next monobotanical creation.

Shop products from the video:
PWR2090CHK Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Chalk
PWR2090VADR Cabbage Rose Bush, x9, 19”, Flower Dia.: 2.5-4”, Vanilla Dream
PWE1094GYGR Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Bush, x6, 22”, Leaves: 2-3”, Gray/Green
PWMH1312GYGR Hanging Maidenhair Fern, x5, 33”, Gray/Green
35350-50 “Mallory” Glass Compote, 5.75x6.5”, Silver

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Video: How To: Design an Arrangement for Fall

Amy Lombardo - Friday, September 20, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Autumn is approaching and that means it’s time to start getting equipped with those seasonal permanent botanical essentials for those festive fall arrangements. 

Fall is a wonderful time of the year when the seasons change – and the color palettes along with them. In this video, Tom Bowling uses permanent botanical supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous arrangement using the dramatic colors and textures of fall. Follow along to create your own take on this fantastic accent to help your customers and clients into that autumn spirit.

The best part? This arrangement only requires a small variety of components. From simple and straightforward permanent botanicals comes an eye-catching result everyone will love.

Tom builds this arrangement within the elevated “Bam” bamboo basket. He notes that those who keep up with the interior and shelter magazines will have noticed these charming handcrafted baskets coming back into vogue. This one has been prepared with dry floral foam bricks and a perimeter of moss along the outside.

Wholesale wheat clusters are the first addition. Tom lays these in place, then pins them down for security. 

You will notice that when attaching certain pieces, Tom uses discarded pieces of stem from previous projects. This eliminates the need to cut a bunch of individual wires and makes it easier to create more compositions in a timely manner. 

Next, Tom begins to add selections of beautiful silk fern – the Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush from Pioneer. He makes sure these initial insertions drop over the edge to create an elegant “spill” aesthetic, taking advantage of the extra height this raised container provides. 

This spill invokes feelings of abundance. As a harvest season, this abundance is what that fall look is all about. 

He creates a short overhang of silk fern on one side and a long graceful spill on the other. He takes care to bring shorter pieces through the center to draw the eye across the entire arrangement, touching each component. 

Tom notes that texture of this wholesale silk fern selection is great, but in certain cases such a variety of complex shapes may begin to look a little busy. The silk sunflowers he adds in the next step helps provide a simple counterbalance for a nice even look. 

The wholesale silk sunflowers he uses next have tall strong stems, giving the arrangement a touch of exaggerated height. He points out that he is making these insertions in groups – this smart technique makes a stronger and bolder impression with whatever kind of component you happen to be using.

With sunflowers, Tom makes mention that each one has a “face”. When those faces are facing directly toward the viewer, it can cause the eye to stop and settle on that unique focal point. This is the reason he bends the stem of each silk sunflower so that the face is pointing upward. This keeps the eye moving across the piece so viewers can take in the entire composition to full effect.

Silk maple leaves, the next addition, serve as a fantastic color interest. Tom takes advantage of the longer stems to continue building height and then begins filling in any gaps in the arrangement.

And finally – nothing says fall quite like little pumpkins. Tom uses the wholesale artificial pumpkin assortment from Pioneer and begins decorating the composition with these charming little additions. While you can wire these in place if needed, Tom repurposes the trimmed-off portions of stems from this arrangement to create little stakes to hold each artificial pumpkin in place. 

This autumn permanent botanical arrangement is a breathtaking piece for fall events, interior design projects, window displays, and so much more – a quick way to get your customers and clients into the seasonal spirit. 

You can find each of the components used here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, everything you need to create arrangements for every season. 

Shop products from the video:
PWW3375CR Wheat Stem Bundle, x13, 21”, Cream
52147OG Pumpkin Assortment, x4, Dia.: 3.5”, Orange
PWS2412YL Sunflower Bush, x7, 17”, Flower Dia.: 4.5”, Yellow
PWM3051OGMX Maple Bush, x7, 20”, Orange Mix
PWWF3433YOG Hanging Spiny Wood Fern Bush, x5, 35”, Yellow/Orange
79181-00 “Bam” Bamboo Basket, 14.75x27.75”, Brown

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Video: Moroccan Market Collection

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Looking for a permanent botanical collection that really captures a sense of adventure? Imagine for a moment the bustling bazaars of Morocco – the vibrant patterns that dance across traditional woven wares, the tantalizing aromas of colorful spices, the sounds of bargain-making over vibrant housewares. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale drew inspiration from scenes like this to create the exciting Moroccan Market Collection. This range consists of silk flowers, artificial succulents, and wholesale silk foliage all in a gorgeous range of hues you would find along the souks of wondrous cities like Fez and Marrakech. 

This video demonstration shows Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creating a simple arrangement with pieces from the Moroccan Market Collection.  Vonda begins with the simple beige Astrid pot, a nice neutral base sure to let the colors of the permanent botanicals really pop. 

Bright and lifelike artificial lemon leaf serves as the first addition. Vonda inserts each individual piece to create an initial well-balanced volume ready to build upon. Silk cabbage rose in pink sangria comes next – just two pieces make a tremendous impression on their own. 

Next comes silk hydrangea in breathtaking peacock blue, followed by silk hydrangea in the pumpkin spice colorway. She inserts each new selection in bold blocks of color. Realistic artificial echeveria succulents are the final addition. These she intersperses throughout, effectively softening the profile and bringing depth to the green of the silk foliage. 

The result is beautiful! Within just a few minutes, Vonda was able to create a display-worthy arrangement using pieces from the Moroccan Market Collection – and you can too! 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to build up your toolbox with these fabulous selections. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage and succulents, and a diverse variety of wholesale containers ready to bring that Moroccan aesthetic to your next project. 

Shop the complete Moroccan Market Collection here. 

DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box

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Video: Jewel Tones Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Jewel tones are back! These rich deep colors can set your permanent botanical arrangements apart from the rest – impossible to ignore, yet tasteful enough to fit any type of event. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates an example arrangement to inspire you, using gorgeous silk flowers and foliage you can find readily available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. She begins with the gorgeous Mirage pot prepared with floral foam, its rim featuring the perfect colors to tie the deep jewel tones together.

The first addition is stunning silk delphinium in a bold deep amethyst color. These start the arrangement with impressive height – foreshadowing how grand this composition will be. Next, she adds a touch of realistic artificial blueberries for fascinating texture variation. 

Elegant artificial foliage comes next, the wholesale silk maidenhair fern from Pioneer. Silk sweet pea in yellow gold joins the party to bring a big splash of bright color, an important component in creating brilliant contrast with the pieces that come next.

You’ll notice Vonda adding a few touches of deep amethyst silk ranunculus next, a classic favorite with a sophisticated twist. Artificial olive branch bulks up the design a bit more – a fantastic height match for the silk delphinium added earlier. Peacock blue silk hydrangea draws the eye toward a corner of the design. 

The final addition is silk anemone in a brilliant red garnet color, a choice that stands out from the peacock turquoise and yellow gold. This creates a base palette that interprets the primaries through the lens of unforgettable jewel tones. 

In its final form, this permanent botanical arrangement tutorial results in a dramatic and grand design, with strong lines that form a sweeping motion almost like a quarter moon. This distinctive shape has a secondary advantage as well – allowing the rim of the Mirage container to peek through, accenting the jewel tones within the arrangement.

Bolster your permanent botanical toolkit with vibrant jewel tones from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. Pioneer offers a range of wholesale silk flowers, containers, and artificial botanicals in the incredible jewel tones you see here, along with a powerful variety of other palettes to suit your next event or product line.  

Shop the complete Jewel Tones Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWD2205DPAM Delphinium Bush x5, 24”, Deep Amethyst
PWR1050DPAM Ranunculus Bush x9, 18.5”, Deep Amethyst
PWH2085PCK Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, Peacock
PWS2613YLGD Sweet Pea Bush x4, 20.5”, Yellow Gold
PWA2220GT Anemone Bush x8, 17.5”, Garnet
PWB3109BL Blueberry Bush, 15”, Blue
PWO2623DKGR Olive Spray x3, 30”, Dark Green
PWMH1311GR Maidenhair Fern Bush x9, 19.5”, Green
98931-00 “Mirage” Pot, 5.25”, Black Galaxy

DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box


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Video: Refined Vintage Collection

Amy Lombardo - Monday, August 05, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You may know the phrase – “What’s old is new again!” Retro styles always find their way back into the spotlight when it comes to floral design trends. 

The Refined Vintage collection from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale breathes new life into yesterday’s most beloved looks. This permanent botanical collection takes a range of memorable vintage favorites and gives them a modern update for today’s customers. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates the potential of this collection by creating a gorgeous centerpiece for this quick video. She uses a selection of fantastic pieces from the Refined Vintage collection – showing how elements that were all the rage decades ago can feel fresh and new again. 

She begins with the Kate urn from Pioneer, a nice piece in a light shade of vintage sage green. This piece has already been prepared with a block of premium floral foam within. 

Next, Vonda introduces one of the stars of this collection. Those who have been in the business for a while surely remember when pampas grass would find its way into seemingly every floral arrangement. And now it’s back! Pioneer’s artificial pampas grass brings a trendy twist to this mainstay of eras past. 

Vonda trims the plumes away from the artificial grass portion, inserting the tall green spikes into the center of the floral foam. This gives the arrangement striking body and volume right from the very first insertion. Next, she adds graceful selections of artificial dusty miller and eucalyptus – setting the stage for the pastel hued insertions that come next.

Beautiful silk hydrangea in a buttery parchment colorway are the first addition, then Vonda follows up with silk peony in classic sage and silk cabbage rose in vintage pink. Vonda inserts the silk pampas grass plumes last, giving them equal distribution within the artificial grass.

If you have never used these artificial grasses in the past, Vonda offers a useful tip to finish the design. She uses the back of a knife to gently curl the tips – eliminating just enough stiffness to give them a natural look.

The result is wonderful! This accent piece takes retro favorites and makes them feel perfectly fresh and modern. You can find all the elements used in this video demonstration available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the catalog to find vintage-inspired wholesale silk flowers, artificial foliage, and incredible statement-making accents like the wholesale artificial pampas grass you see here. 

Shop the complete Refined Vintage Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWR2090VTPK Cabbage Rose x9, 19”, Vintage Pink
PWH2085TPAR Hydrangea Bush x5, 17”, True Parchment
PWP2200CSG Peony Bush x7, 19”, Classic Sage
PWG3106PUGR Pampas Grass, 28”, Purple/Green
PWDM2741FSG Dusty Miller Bush x9, 20”, Frosted Sage
13303PKGR Eucalyptus Bush, 19”, Pink/Green
91631-00 “Kate” Urn, 4.75x5.25”, Light Green Speckled
DF348G/20 Premium Foam Dry Bricks, 20-pc box

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Video: Banana Leaf Stem

Amy Lombardo - Friday, August 02, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD highlights a different kind of permanent botanical arrangement in this quick video tutorial – stepping away from the small petite arrangements and instead creating a large showstopping statement piece. 

This tutorial is great for those moments when you encounter an especially large type of silk foliage, like the impressive artificial banana leaf from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This artificial banana leaf arrangement makes a dramatic impression, great for parties and events that call for something a little extra. 

Vonda begins with a block of floral foam placed in a wholesale container from Pioneer, the “Lita” metal compote in gold. She takes the tremendous 41” artificial banana leaf stem and cuts it in half through the middle. She places the halves into either side of the foam, creating the illusion that the stem passes right through it. She repeats the process with the second stem. 

Next, Vonda begins adding “dinner plate” silk dahlia in vintage pink. These oversized silk blooms are a fantastic complement to the scale of the artificial banana leaf. She arranges these in a sort of diagonal line, creating another angle of sweeping movement through the composition. 

Silk small petal hydrangea are the next addition. Vonda uses two colorways, burgundy and dual tone pink. These wholesale silk hydrangeas are exceptionally versatile – you can cut away smaller sections for petite compositions or use the voluminous bush sections to complement large arrangements like this one. 

Now all that’s left are the finishing touches. Vonda adds silk dusty miller spray cuttings throughout the piece for a natural organic look.

As you can see, creating visual balance is the biggest challenge with using permanent botanicals as large as the artificial banana leaf. Vonda has tackled this with smart counterbalancing techniques, ensuring each element builds on the visual weight of the next. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find these large artificial banana leaves and so much more. Not only does Pioneer offer wholesale silk flower favorites you can use every day, they also offer specialties to help you break out of your comfort zone and make your arrangements stand out from the competition.

Shop products from the video:
PWBL11 Banana Leaf Stem, 41”, Green
PWD1135VTPK “Dinner Plate” Dahlia Bush x5, 20”, Vintage Pink
PWH2139 Small Petal Hydrangea Bush x5, 20”, Burgundy and Two-Tone Pink
PWDM1142GR Dusty Miller Spray, 22”, Green
72010-00 “Lita” Metal Compote, 8x5.5”, Gold

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Video: How To: Traditional Meets Tropical

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Tropical floral designs are everywhere – and chances are that you’re going to continue to see this theme grow stronger and more popular especially through the warmer months. 

If your next permanent botanical project can benefit from a touch of tropical flair but you don’t want to go with a full tropical theme, this video demonstration just might offer a little inspiration. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD shows how to integrate artificial tropical foliage with the traditional silk flower favorites you already have in your toolkit. 

Vonda starts this quick demonstration with a bold artificial philodendron branch available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This lovely piece is so detailed and realistic, with a deep green color that goes great with any accents you might want to add.

For this arrangement, Vonda weaves in a touch of silk lacy fern bush to boost volume and variation. She adds a vibrant splash of color with wholesale silk ranunculus flowers also available from Pioneer. She chooses three classic colors – burgundy wine, light pink, and a calm neutral chalk. 

The result blends traditional and tropical elements seamlessly. Dig into your silk flower reserves or explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find more permanent botanical accents you can add to make this design your own.  

Shop products from the video:
PWPV Selloum Philo Branch 52”, Green
PWS2641Gr Lacy Fern Bush 30”, Green (sold out)
PWR1020 Ranunculus Stem 23”, available in 4 colors 
(Burgundy Wine, Chalk , Light Pink, Vanilla Dream)

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Video: Sakura Cherry Blossom Collection

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

When you think of springtime, what kind of flowers come to mind? Perhaps one of the strongest symbols of spring is the delightful cherry blossom – when the trees come to life with those soft clouds of delicate petals, you just know that spring is here to stay.

The traditional pink silk cherry blossoms are always a popular mainstay product, but Pioneer Imports & Wholesale knew the trend could go so much further. When people mentioned how they wished the silk cherry blossoms were available in white, Pioneer listened and created a new line of products in response!  

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale now offers a versatile line of white silk cherry blossoms, a gorgeous permanent botanical option with endless possibilities for creative coordination. These versatile wholesale cherry blossoms are ideal for a wide range of arrangements, gift baskets, and venue decorations for year-round appeal.

These white silk cherry blossoms are available in a premade wreath, a garland, and individual sprays – easy to use and enjoy.

In this video you can watch as Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a sample arrangement using the white silk cherry blossom sprays. She begins with a handsome terracotta pot (also available from Pioneer) weathered with organic green and brown tones for a perfect springtime look. 

Vonda starts with the white silk cherry blossom spray, placing it into a block of floral foam to hold it in place. She gently bends the branchlike sections outward and up. Next, she adds individual stems of silk Helleborus in a bright chalk color. A perfect match! She ensures that these also angle outward and upward to create impressive volume while maintaining a light and airy springtime look.

The result is so elegant! This beautiful combination of wholesale silk flowers is ready for display anywhere. Customize this arrangement with your own creative color accents for instant coordination.

You can find all the supplies used in this video available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with a diverse variety of other wholesale silk flowers, containers, and decorative accents. Brighten your next project with a splash of springtime appeal – these white silk cherry blossoms are sure to become a favorite with your clients and customers. 

Shop the complete Sakura Cherry Blossom Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
PWH2735CHK Helleborus X4, 20”, Chalk
PWC2304 Cherry Blossom Petit Spray
PWW2301 Cherry Blossom Wreath 24”
PWG2300PK Cherry Blossom Garland 60”, Pink
DF348G/20 Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
98710-00 Organic Pot 5x3.75”

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Video: Premium English Rose

Amy Lombardo - Monday, March 04, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The classic English rose is an ever-popular choice for such a wide range of purposes – from weddings to commercial displays to property staging and beyond. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a fantastically lifelike silk rose option for professionals who seek an especially high-end look for their permanent botanical arrangements. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces this premium selection by creating a sample arrangement in a quick video demonstration. She uses four of the available color options – beauty, red, salmon and white. 

This composition builds up from a fantastic silver-toned compote equipped with a small block of floral foam. Vonda begins with the foliage, silk seeded eucalyptus in a sophisticated earthy green color. She works her way around the edges to create a nice voluminous collar for the design. 

Next, Vonda begins adding the premium silk rose stems one by one. She takes care to keep each pairing close together in distinctive blocks of color. Once the silk roses are placed in the compote, she rotates the composition to show the gorgeous result. 

This centerpiece shows the versatility of this premium English rose collection, easily changed or adapted to suit your specific needs. You can find the silk roses and foliage showcased here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of styles and colors to suit any occasion at any price point. 

Shop products from the video:
80307 – Premium English Rose Stem 20”, available in 4 colors (Beauty, Red, Salmon, White)
PWE1096GR – Eucalyptus Bush 22”, Green
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
35040-00 – Desiray Compote 8”x7”, Silver

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