The Jewelry Insider

March 22, 2011

What do you do with a 30-year collection of precious gemstones? If you’re an anonymous Chinese collector with an affinity for Da Vinci, you create a 100,000-carat replica of the Mona Lisa and put it on display in a local shopping mall.

And you thought The Real Housewives had too much leisure time?

The carat-heavy creation is thought to be the most expensive replica of the masterwork and perhaps the most expensive artwork ever made – taking five years to complete.

While many strange materials have been utilized in the past as the basis for Mona Lisa duplicates – including coffee cups, pieces of toast, motherboard components and even burger grease – jewels and gems are apparently a first.

So what’s the price tag for macked-out Mona? The secretive designer won’t reveal the final number – which is sure to be hefty one if it goes on the auction block later this year.

In the meantime, mall rats can marvel at Mona in between stops at the Shenyang shopping center food court and accessory splurges at Claire’s.

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