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Health, Beauty & Fashion

$17.2m emerald necklace on show

One of the most expensive pieces of jewellery which is publicly displayed in Singapore has gone on sale.
The Straits Times - January 24, 2013
By: Sue-ann Tan
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$17.2m emerald necklace on show Ms Huang Zhen, 32, viewing the necklace at a private reception for select customers of Harry Winston. The necklace is adorned with a 125-carat emerald and 112 diamonds with a total carat weight of 39.17. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

AN EMERALD necklace, thought to be one of the most expensive pieces of jewellery to be publicly displayed in Singapore, has gone on sale at Ion Orchard.

Adorned with a 125-carat gem, it will set buyers back a cool $17.2million.

The necklace, which also contains 112 diamonds with a total carat weight of 39.17, was put on show yesterday at the Harry Winston salon.

A spokesman said the Colombian emerald was remarkable for its size, because the gems are normally between 10 carats and 20 carats in size.

The necklace is part of the Royal Gardens collection, inspired by the sketches of Ambaji Shinde, the American jewellery company's chief designer from 1962 to 2001.

The multimillion-dollar necklace will be on show in the salon until next week.

"It is a unique piece and we want to showcase something different and rare. It is a treat for our clients," said the spokesman.

The company opened its first salon in New York in 1932. It set up shop at Ion Orchard in 2009.

Earlier this month, the Swatch Group announced it was buying Harry Winston's luxury jewellery arm for US$750 million (S$920.7 million), in a bid to expand to the highest segment of the market.

The last time a comparably expensive piece of jewellery went on display in Singapore was in October last year, when a vivid yellow diamond ring valued at between $13 million and $18 million was shown at the Singapore JewelFest 2012.

But at 110 carats, it was smaller than Harry Winston's emerald.

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