When it comes to celebrity jewels, it can seem that money is no object — Kim Kardashian famously received a 20-carat knockout Lorraine Schwartz ring from Kanye West valued around $4+ million shortly before her Paris robbery, while Mariah Carey received a jaw-dropping $10 million engagement ring from ex-fiancé James Packer.
One very expensive jewel in particular, however, is now being investigated by the US government amid claims of theft. The piece in question is a 11.72-carat Lorraine Schwartz heart-shaped diamond that was reportedly given to Miranda Kerr by ex-financier boyfriend, Jho Low. The gem, which reportedly cost Low a whopping $1.29 million, was potentially purchased with a portion of $4.5 billion in missing funds from a Malaysian development fund that Low, along with several others, has been accused of stealing.
According to Page Six, the financier gifted the rock to Kerr as a Valentine’s Day present, engraving it with her initials. And that wasn’t all: Kerr is also said to have received a $4.5+ million, 8.88-carat pendant, as well as a $1.98 million 11-carat diamond set, and $1 million 11-carat diamond earrings from her ex.
The US Justice Department has yet to seize the property from Kerr. The jewels are part of the $1.6 billion in assets including property, jewels, art, and more that the government is now attempting to recover, some of which, along with Marlon Brando’s Oscar, was similarly gifted to Leonardo DiCaprio by Low and his associates.
A source for the outlet says that Kerr “has been cooperating fully with the investigation and still has the diamonds,” while another for Teen Vogue says that she is working with authorities to hand over any questionable assets.
Whether she parts ways with the jewelry or not, it certainly won’t dull her shine: The 34-year-old model has plenty of her own bling to speak of — like the shiny wedding ring set she debuted on the runway just last week (see above)!
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(h/t Teen Vogue; Photos via Pascal le Segratin/Getty)