Jeweller sues to get bling back

2010-11-23 07:08

New York – A celebrity jeweller says Courtney Love hasn’t returned nearly $114 000 (about R803 000) worth of borrowed baubles, and the gem dealer is suing to get them back.

The Hole rocker borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond pave hoop earrings on September 21, Jacob & Co. said in a lawsuit filed yesterday. The suit says she has returned only the bracelet, despite demands for the other pieces.

She indicated to the jeweller that she’d lost the items, but their agreement specified that she was responsible for them “regardless of loss or damage,” said the company’s lawyer, Jeffrey Klarsfeld. Love’s spokesperson and lawyer didn’t immediately respond to messages.

The lawsuit seeks the gems or their $113 700 value.

Love fronted the platinum-selling, grunge-punk band Hole in the 1990s and was half of one of grunge’s most famous couples – she is the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who killed himself in 1994. Also an actress, she has appeared in films including The People vs. Larry Flynt and 200 Cigarettes.

Love (46) has had a series of legal and drug problems. She was sentenced in 2005 to 180 days at a drug treatment facility for violating probation in misdemeanour drug and assault cases.

More recently, she’s drawn attention for ranting online at a former bandmate and others, including a fashion designer who sued her over some remarks last year.

New York-based Jacob & Co. was founded by Jacob “the Jeweller” Arabov, also called Jacob Arabo. He gained cachet in hip-hop circles and became known as the King of Bling before going to federal prison in 2008 for lying to investigators looking into a multistate drug ring.

Notorious B.I.G., Madonna, Kanye West and Elton John have all worn his work; West name-checked him in songs including Diamonds From Sierra Leone.

Prison records show Arabov was released in September this year.

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