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Diamonds: a cheated girl's gift

By unknown | Aug 19, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LONDON - Never again honey - and here's a diamond to say sorry.

Every time British businessman Robert Charlton cheated on his wife, he bought her some extravagant jewellery to try to make amends. After 26 years of marriage long-suffering Elizabeth Charlton had more than 40 glittering pieces.

Charlton's infidelity cost him nearly $492400 (about R3,9million) it emerged last month, when his daughter auctioned off the late couple's jewellery collection.

"He bought her a lot of things to keep her happy and to ease the pain of his many affairs," said Clare Durham, a spokesperson for Woolley & Wallis, the auction house that handled the sale.

Over the course of his romances, Charlton, who died in 1974, bought his wife antique diamond earrings, bracelets, rings and necklaces.

One piece, a riviere necklace made up of 54 diamonds, was the most expensive item auctioned, fetching £50000 (about R662000).

The riviere was once bought in the 1900s for about £400 (about R5300), the auction house said, a sum that would have made it extremely expensive when Charlton bought it in the 1960s.

"The big diamonds were Edwardian and Victorian so they were antique pieces when he bought them for her in the 1960s and 1970s," said Durham.

Charlton's daughter chose to auction a total of 43 pieces from the guilt-ridden collection after other family members declined to accept them.

But the family kept other pieces.- Reuters


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