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Priciest Easter egg up for sale
The Diamond Stella Egg
The diamonds were attached to the egg in London
Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but combine them with chocolate and, as a London chocolatier has discovered, you have every woman's dream.

Unfortunately for most, the Diamond Stella Egg, which has gone on sale, comes with a hefty 50,000 price tag.

Encrusted with more than 100 0.5 carat diamonds, the 65cm (25in) tall creation was made for La Maison du Chocolat.

Thought to be the world's most expensive Easter egg, it is being kept under guard at its Piccadilly store.

Made in Paris over three weeks, no glue or tape was used to attach the diamonds - instead a chef in London melted small sections in order to place the gems around the outside.

A spokesman for La Maison du Chocolat described its creation thus: "This is the most unique, exciting and individual egg we have ever created.

"The question we are asking is whether the buyer will want to eat it or preserve it," he said.

If the buyer is brave enough to break into their pricey purchase, he or she will find it contains peach and apricot chocolates along with pralines.

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