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‘Sex and the City’ necklace has bright future

20-carat diamond piece cost $55,000
/ Source: The Associated Press

When Carrie Bradshaw broke her Russian lover’s heart and the necklace he’d given her in the “Sex and the City” finale, the jewelry had a stunt double.

The real necklace, consisting of nine diamond beads on a platinum chain and valued at $55,000, remains intact, said New York jeweler Fred Leighton.

A crystal and silver version was used in the scene in which Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, ends her romance with an artist played by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The 20-carat diamond piece was designed for the HBO show at Parker’s request, said Leighton, whose Fred Leighton Rare Collectible Jewels has supplied other pieces to the series that ended its six-season run on Sunday.

While “Sex and the City” started other fashion trends, serious cash is required for those who want this bauble. Leighton is making a 10-carat, $25,000 version and has already sold a half-dozen.

Is he prepared for knockoffs?

“Probably. Who cares? Then we go on to the next thing,” he said Monday.

In the series, Carrie is happy to end up with Mr. Big (Chris Noth) and a simple nameplate necklace spelling out her first name. But Parker is interested in obtaining the diamond piece, Leighton said.

The actual necklace from the show remains at his store and it’s uncertain if it will be sold, said Leighton, who has a private collection that includes pieces owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson.