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The Adventure of the Venetian Pearls (part 24)

"At that time, there lived a merchant whose only daughter was about to get married to a young Spanish nobleman. As a wedding gift, the merchant commissioned a famous gold smith to manufacture jewellery equal to his daughter's beauty.

"The result was a magnificent necklace and a pair of matching earrings. Each link of the necklace resembled a flower with a pearl in its centre and gold petals surrounding it.

"The marriage took place and the daughter followed her husband to her new home in Spain. However, the ship was caught in a terrible storm and sank.
In the 1960s the wreck was salvaged and the wedding gift brought back to light."

"What's this got to do with the Nuzzolos?" Chris wanted to know.

"The merchant's name was Luardi and the jewellery he commissioned is now called the Luardi Pearls. The very pearls that were stolen from the exhibition in Penzance."

After the first impact of Daniel's tale had worn off, Chris asked, "But how can anybody steal such famous pearls? You'd think they were protected by a whole army."

Nicky and Daniel, who had heard about the robbery, grinned.

"You'd think so, yes," Nicky said.
(To be continued)