We can all agree that designer jewelries are super expensive, you got to be earning millions to be able to afford a full set of jewelry.
The Chief executive officer (CEO) of international jewelry Samer Halimeh New York is currently suing our former first lady Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor for not returning the company’s jewelry, that was borrowed to be worn if Barisan Nasional won GE14.
According to a statement reported by Malay Mail on August 5, the CEO of the Lebanese wholesale jeweller Samer Halimeh said he is ‘upset and saddened’ that he had to take such legal action against the former prime minister’s wife as he had a longtime friendship with the couple.
It is learned that Halimeh first met the couple at a social event in Belgravia, London in 2009, which led Rosmah to buy jewelry from his company.
“Between 2011 and 2015, the entourage of Rosmah Mansor purchased jewellery from Samer Halimeh New York, some of which was for themselves, some items as ‘gifts’ for the First Lady.”
The CEO remained in contact with Rosmah between 2015 – 2017, he and his wife even attended the wedding of Rosmah’s daughter Nooryana Najwa in 2015.
“Which is why by 2018, we trusted the relationship enough to provide Rosmah with 11.5 million pound sterling (RM60 million) worth of jewellery.
“The First Lady wanted to review the pieces on a ‘try-before-you-buy’ basis, which is a standard procedure for luxurious jewellery stores.”
He went on to say that Rosmah’s staff contacted his company Samer Halimeh New York earlier this year to deliver 44 pieces of diamond jewelry worth GBP 11.5 million (RM60 million).
“I believe Rosmah wanted to wear some of the delivered jewellery at VIP events if her husband won the 2018 Malaysian general election, held on 9 May 2018.”
However, all 44 pieces of jewelry were later reported to have been seized by authorities for 1MDB investigations following the elections.
He revealed that the jewelry ordered by the former prime minister’s wife ranged in price from GBP95,000 (RM504,233) up to GBP710,000 (RM3.8 million).
The haul included a diamond ring worth GBP710,000 (RM3.8 million), two diamond necklaces and matching earrings worth GBP515,000 (RM2.7 million), and another diamond necklace and earrings worth GBP450,000 (RM2.4 million).
Aside from Rosmah, Samer Halimeh New York’s diamonds were said to have been worn by big-time celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, and Naomi Campbell.
Last month, Halimeh, through his Beirut-based company Global Royalty, filed a lawsuit against Rosmah for the return of about RM60 milli0n for the jewelry.
“All we are seeking is our jewellery collection being returned to its rightful legal owners since the sale was never completed.
“This retail order might be for millions of pounds worth of stock, but just like any Net-a-Porter or Amazon order, it is mandatory procedure for a customer to return unwanted/unpurchased goods to the retailer, the principal is the same; hence the court case.”
Why borrow so much when you’re not even sure if your party is going to win? Why can’t she live a humble life by not buying extremely expensive jewelry? How far did you think you can go before getting caught using the nation’s money for your own luxury?
What do you think?