Gals -- and guys -- about town ogle the jew­ellery

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● She might be fin­gered as un­bolt­ing a jar of evil into the world in Greek mythol­ogy, but ask a trendy gal to­day about Pan­dora and chances are she will gush about shiny trin­kets like bracelets, rings and neck­laces.

And on a balmy Thurs­day evening I found my­self at one of Joburg’s more el­e­gant venues, the Munro bou­tique ho­tel in oh-so-old-world Houghton, to ogle the shiny stuff in­stead of wreak­ing havoc.

Walk­ing up to the en­trance of the swish man­sion, I am wel­comed by the night’s host, ac­tress Them­bisa Mdoda, who is re­splen­dent in a white cock­tail dress with one shoul­der of ruf­fled sleeves.

Through the hall­way and onto the ter­race, a vi­o­lin­ist lulls us with sooth­ing notes, the front of her dress flow­ing over the pool to morph into the red car­pet.

Nice touch.

Then it’s a quick hello to gal about town Taryn Louch and Roxy Burger, who tells me her lit­tle bub Adri­enne is “the most chilled girl in the world”.

Some­one who can’t stand still even if she tried is ac­tress Nomzamo Mbatha, who is clearly hog­ging the A-Lis­ters — not only does the

UNHCR am­bas­sador grace this page’s other event, but she and her roses bloomed on our front page last week.

But then, with the ac­tress’s as­sets on full dis­play in a re­veal­ing MaX­hosa gown, why not?

“I’m breast­feed­ing,” she says cheek­ily.

Back to the pro­ceed­ings, and when Them­bisa climbs on stage and wel­comes us an hour later, Anele Mdoda’s older sis ad­mits she was one of the few women not charmed by jew­els un­til the Dan­ish jew­eller reached out to her.

Now she’s hooked — drop­ping hints that she’d like “two of each” of the new bracelets Pan­dora was show­cas­ing.

Guests in­clud­ing The Morn­ing Show host Tino Chinyani, waif-like TV pre­sen­ter K Naomi and for­mer Big Brother Mzansi house­mates Mbali Nkosi and Blue Mbombo nod in agree­ment be­fore we head off around the villa to view the jew­els, with sur­prises like green-leafed hu­man top­i­aries com­ing alive as we walk past. Cute night. CJ

Blue Mbombo

Roxy Burger and Taryn Louch

Them­bisa Mdoda

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