By  on October 2, 2009

Talk about patience — and nerves of steel. A master craftsman devoted two months, or almost 400 hours, of work to cutting a single diamond for Louis Vuitton. In its trademark Flower cut, the stone is a whopping 30.1 carats. At a party on Wednesday night, Vuitton will unveil that big rock along with its new high jewelry collection, the first designed by Place Vendôme veteran Lorenz Bäumer. His Spirit of Travel collection — consisting of six jewelry sets, each with a one-of-a-kind necklace retailing for up to $2.5 million — will then be unveiled to the public on Oct. 15 at Vuitton’s flagship on the Champs-Elysées.

This story first appeared in the October 2, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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