What Does A $136 Million Jewel Heist Buy You, In Other Jewelry?

A daring lone gunman recently swiped $136 million of gems from Cannes. Here’s what his haul could get him, if he traded it in.

1. Fifty-two times the jewelry stolen at the last high-profile Cannes robbery.

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A necklace by Swiss jewelry brand de Grisogono went missing during this year’s Cannes film festival.

Pictured are model Bianca Balti (wearing de Grisogono) and the company’s founder/designer Fawaz Gruosi.

2. 27.2 million pairs of Claire’s earrings.

A Sanrio-themed purchase is always worthwhile.

3. Just over half of the Hope Diamond, if you could break it into smaller pieces.

4. Or 1,701,063 Hope Diamond Barbie dolls.

One slight caveat: Only 6,500 of the special edition dolls were actually made.

5. Nearly all of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection. But not quite!

That’s $156,756,576 to be precise.

6. Or 1,088,000 necklaces from Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of costume jewelry for Avon.

That is, if you were a jewelry hoarder back in 1994 when this faux-pearl necklace was released.

7. Almost three of the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire engagement ring, previously worn by Princess Diana.

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Nobody knows the exact value because the royals are secretive like that.

8. Or nineteen bracelets previously owned by a much less popular royal bride.

Sold alongside other jewelry at a 2010 auction which raised $12.4 million total. And hey, even buying all nineteen (though yes, only one exists in real life) would leave you with enough change to pick up Simpson’s citrine and diamond Cartier flamingo clip too, which sounds just lovely.

9. Almost seven of the “Heart of the Ocean” replica necklace old Rose wore to the 1998 Oscars.

Or you could just buy six and then reserve a bunch of first class staterooms on the Titanic II.

Fun fact: this necklace is believed to be the most expensive piece of jewelry ever worn to the Academy Awards.

10. Or over 8.5 million souvenir necklaces from the gift shop at the world’s largest Titanic museum attraction

Less “Heart of the Ocean” and more “Rock from a Pond,” but still, cheap enough that you can act out the scene where Gloria drops it in the Atlantic over and over BECAUSE IT’S SO SAD. Available here.

11. Also the second most expensive piece of Oscars jewelry — 13.6 of them, basically.

You’d be laughing like Anne if you were wearing eight figures around your neck. Laughing, but also constantly afraid.

12. 136 pairs of very special, custom-made Beats by Dre.

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It’s always worth buying more than one pair of million dollar headphones, after all. Who isn’t leaving their pair behind in the changing room at the gym these days?

13. 26,153 of the “average” American engagement ring.

That’s according to a 2011 survey of engagement jewelry statistics. Statisticians, they’re fun like that.

14. Or 27 of Beyoncé’s wedding ring, if you DARE to attempt upstaging Queen B.

You’d be better served spending your money setting up “Single Ladies” to play on repeat, endlessly, on every jukebox in the world.

15. A better idea: 170 million Ring Pops, which is still somehow not enough.

Buy them in variety tubs of 40, because that’s exciting.

16. Almost 6.5 million Mockingjay pins, smuggled straight from the Seam.

That’s definitely enough to start your uprising against the Capitol. (You’ll need to wait for the Districts to get their dial-up Internet reconnected though, because is a special deal on Amazon.)

17. 494,545 quintessential Tiffany charm bracelets.

Or just one and then a SHIT TON of charms.

18. 2,267 “Gangnam Style” necklaces. THESE ARE REAL.

Though let’s hope very few (if any) have actually been sold.

19. 2,775,551 pairs of Dolce & Gabbana’s pasta earrings.

Or you could just buy like 60 million packs of Trader Joe’s pasta and use up all your spare change making replicas which you could then sell to giddy fashionistas at quite the mark-up. (But if you have $136 million and this is how you choose to spend your time, there’s a problem.)

20. And just over 7.5 million copies of this cutesy and apolitical Kawaii necklace. Why not?

There’s a bunny rabbit in the teapot! Courtesy of

21. Or your best option: “stolen jewels” that won’t land you in jail. (804,000 of them, roughly.)

This is clever: “Using Google Image Search, [designers Mike & Maaike] browsed through some of the most expensive and often famous jewelry in the world, and the resulting low-res images were stolen, doctored, then transfered to leather, creating a tangible new incarnation.”

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