JEWELERS AT THE CROWN: The husband-and-wife founders of Links of London, John Ayton and Annoushka Ducas, were awarded the honor of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or MBE, at Buckingham Palace on Thursday for their services to the British jewelry industry. The duo sold Links of London to Folli Follie in 2006, and in 2009 they founded a higher-end jewelry brand called Annoushka, which sells at stores including Liberty, Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Ayton holds a stake in the British watch brand Bremont, and the two are also investors in Boticca.com, which offers a marketplace to independent and emerging jewelers and accessories designers worldwide.

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