The Sorcerer Of The Stones

Jeweler Thierry Holemans gently pushes a biscuit tin across his desk at the back of his workshop on Brussels' prestigious Avenue Louise. Once the top is pried off, there lies a necklace of 3,987 diamonds set in a filigreed latticework of platinum. Despite its glitter and heft — it is thought to be the largest single piece of jewelry made in Europe in recent decades — the piece exudes a quiet elegance. But this necklace also has a talent usually found in living things: it can move of its own accord. The heat of the wearer's skin causes minute mechanical mounts...

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