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Thieves Steal $2.6 Million Necklace in Cannes

De Grisogono is the second jeweler to be targeted by thieves during the annual film festival.

ROCK BOTTOM: Cannes has been struck by a second major jewelry heist, days after a reported $1 million-worth of jewels was stolen from the room of a Chopard employee who was staying at the city’s Novotel hotel.

Fellow Swiss jeweler de Grisogono announced that a high jewelry necklace worth 2 million euros, or around $2.6 million at current exchange rates, was stolen during the house’s 20th anniversary party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes on Tuesday night, despite heavy-duty security.

A police investigation is underway. Over 700 guests attended the event, including Sharon Stone, Paris Hilton, Chris Tucker and Stacy Keibler. The news of the robbery emerged as the Cannes Film Festival draws to an end.

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The missing necklace was part of de Grisogono’s 20th anniversary high jewelry collection, which was showcased at the event.

“These incidents are rare; it is actually the first time it [has] happened in our 20-year history. However when they occur one must be proactive and collaborate with the authorities,” stated de Grisogono founder and creative director Fawaz Gruosi.