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Saturday 27 May 2017

Lisa's life story was on her fingers, testament to the loves lost and found

Grainne Cunningham

MUCH of Lisa Murphy's jewellery collection, worth an estimated €1.5m, will be instantly recognisable to the public as she is frequently photographed wearing her favourite pieces.

Probably her most talked-about possession is the 10-carat, diamond-encrusted Cartier engagement ring, worth €500,000 almost a decade ago when it was presented to her by dance impresario Michael Flatley on the occasion of their engagement.

Even after the couple split in 2006, Lisa continued to wear the eye-catching ring, purchased from Graph's of London.

Regular readers of the social pages will also be familiar with Lisa's favourite necklace, a sapphire and diamond pendant, which is a replica of the 'Heart of the Ocean' necklace made famous by the film 'Titanic'.

She frequently teamed the chunky precious pendant with an oval ring featuring a large sapphire, surrounded by diamonds and set in platinum.

Another favourite was her large, oval-shaped diamond ring and the engagement ring given to her by Gerald when he proposed to her in 2009.

Speaking to the Irish Independent yesterday, Mr Kean said all of those pieces had been stolen and all that Lisa had left was a Cartier bracelet and gold watch.

Mr Kean said she was wearing the bracelet when the thieves tied her up.

"When they pushed up her sleeve to tie her hands, they pushed the bracelet up too," he explained.

He said that a number of items of jewellery that he had bought for his daughter Kirsten were also stolen during the raid.

The ruthless burglars made off with her diamond-encrusted gold watch, as well as a number of other gold watches.

She has also lost a heart-shaped diamond encrusted gold pendant and a gold and diamond link bracelet, another item of jewellery she was frequently photographed wearing.

The thieves stole all of her earrings and her navel jewellery, including a number of pieces made with precious stones.

An industry source said he believed the entire cache was "long gone".

He said it would be difficult to move such valuable and readily identifiable pieces on the limited Irish market and suggested that the thieves were likely to move the jewellery out of the country as quickly as possible and then try to sell it overseas.

Irish Independent

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