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Friday, May 17, 2013

$1M of Chopard Red Carpet Jewelry Stolen at Cannes Film Festival

Julianne Moore in Chopard jewelry during Cannes Film Festival

Approximately $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry was stolen from a hotel suite Thursday during the second day of the Cannes Film Festival, according to CNN and other reports.

The jewelry stolen was meant to worn by celebrities during festival events. Which pieces were stolen and who was scheduled to wear them is unknown at this time. The jewels were taken from a safe inside a suite in a Novotel hotel on Boulevard Carnot in Cannes, according to the report. The thieves unscrewed the safe from inside the hotel room and carried it out sometime between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m., while the person guarding them was out at dinner.

The luxury jeweler and watchmaker has been closely associated with the world’s most famous international film festival for the past 15 years. Chopard’s designs the Palme d’Or, the prize awarded to the best director, and presents the Trophée Chopard to the “Best Young Actor and Actress of the Year.”

Each year the brand also unveils its Red Carpet Collection of luxury jewelry and watches at the film festival, worn by the biggest celebrities at this event, known internationally for its glitz and glamour. The stolen items are believed to be from this collection.
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