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A BESPOKE handcrafted necklace worth £24,000 has been revealed – to grace the neck of the highest bidder at the Willen Hospice May Ball.

Generous independent jeweller John Woolfe unveiled his unique creation this week, asking his pearl expert Judi Grainge, right, at his Milton Keynes store to model it before it goes on display in the shop.

The 18-ct white gold necklace is made up of precious stones from around the globe – with 30 blue marquise sapphires, 15 aquamarines, 15 round brilliant cut diamonds and 10 Akoya pearls and is being being sold in aid of Willen Hospice.

John, who is the managing director of Woolfe Jewellery, is donating the necklace in order to raise much-needed funds for charity’s 30th anniversary year.

“I think it is the best piece I have ever made,” he said.

“Every year Willen Hospice needs more funds to keep going and this will give one or two people a more dignified exit. My mum died about four years ago of cancer and the only place like Willen where she lived was oversubscribed. I wished she could have had the care that we are so lucky to have here. Places like Willen make a community. We all hope we never have to use it, but we are thankful it is there if we do.”

John, who set up his independent jewellers five years ago, said: “The arrangement of stones suggests shimmering waves breaking across the lake.

“It can be worn at four different lengths, depending on the ladies neckline or build,” he explained.

“I can see someone buying it for their wife – or a woman who goes to the ballet, opera, or charitable events, buying it for themselves. We are hoping it might get interest from abroad and we will take telephone bids for it too,” John said.

The Willen Hospice Ball is at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, stadium:mk on May 20 in the Clydesdale Ballroom. The evening will include an auction hosted by celebrated auctioneer Charlie Ross.

Guests will enjoy a champagne reception followed by a four-course meal including half a bottle of wine, entertainment and an evening to remember. For information contact Julia Rogerson on 01908 306962 or rogersonj@willen-hospice.org.uk.