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You've seen Bling Empire, now here's the real deal about how the uber-rich shop for their diamonds

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A private tour of Catherine the Great's bedroom in Moscow; a vintage speedboat to take you art shopping on a Venetian island; shutting down the Tower of London for a one-on-one afternoon with the Crown Jewels. No, this isn't the world's most lavish Lonely Planet guide, but rather a taste of the varied bespoke experiences that Brian Purkis has created for his clients. 

As the newly appointed high jewellery manager at Bulgari, Sydney-based Brian is tasked with giving his clients the most luxurious shopping experience imaginable - a job that sees him fly high net worth individuals and their family first-class to locales as far-flung as Italy, the UK and Russia. 

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