The multi-million pounds cache of jewels stolen from Kim Kardashian in Paris has been melted down or re-cut and sold off, police sources said today.
They include the 36-year-old reality TV star’s £3.5million diamond engagement ring that she received from rapper husband Kanye West.
Speaking on the modus operandi of jewel thieves, Jerome Guillochon, president of a French jewellers federation said: ‘They separate the stone from the metal.
‘On one hand, they will melt the metal, and on the other, they will usually cut the stones completely, in order to remove all markings or modify the shape. ‘Because if there is a typical shape in exceptional jewellery, if there is a ring in the shape of a cushion, they can perhaps cut it in circles.’ Ms Kardashian’s ring had the name of the sports company Adidas carved into it, and was easily recognizable.
Guillochon said the jewelry may have been altered using technical equipment including lasers after which it could have fetched millions on the black market.