Chance to see world's priciest necklace

SINGAPORE - The world's most expensive necklace - worth a whopping US$55 million (S$69 million) and embedded with 1,044 carats of diamonds - will be making its first Asian stop in Singapore next month.

Aptly named the "L'Incomparable" and created by international jeweller Mouawad, the necklace earned a Guinness World Record in January for being "the most valuable". It will be displayed from Oct 11 to 15 at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza as part of a global tour targeted at potential buyers.

Studded with 91 diamonds, the necklace's crown jewel is a deep brownish yellow centrepiece that is said to be "the world's largest internally flawless diamond" weighing 407.48 carats and is set in 18K rose gold.

The display here is part of the upcoming 11th Singapore JewelFest from Oct 11 to 20, which will showcase a combined US$250 million in jewellery - double that of last year's edition.

L'Incomparable was specially brought in to celebrate Mouawad's opening of its second boutique in Singapore later this year, and in recognition of the city-state's reputation as a top shopping destination, said JewelFest festival director Angela Loh-Bem.

The JewelFest will feature 59 exhibitors, including jewellery houses from around the world such as Miiori New York, Malaysia's DeGem, Turkey's Zela Jewels, and Italy's Famosi. It will also showcase home-grown brands such as collector and investment-grade jewel specialist House of Fine Gems and top-tier jeweller Kinchos.

Organisers are expecting 20,000 visitors and targeting $13 million in jewellery sales.

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