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Carat fashion

Zena Campbell, sales manager at sub-prime specialist broker Swift Group, was Diamond Lil for the night at the Council of Mortgage Lenders’ Las Vegas Casino night at the Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Bubbly blonde Zena supposedly found a 0.4-carat gem from Gassan Diamonds in her glass during the champagne reception sponsored by Fuel Investments.

Our man with the jeweller’s loupe tells us only fakes were placed in the glasses in case of accidents although these were marked to denote a winner and Zena was duly allocated her prize of the genuine article. She now has to decide on a setting, which Gassan will provide. We are reliably informed that rumours that she might choose a front tooth to display the rock are completely unfounded.


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