NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Kim Kardashian-West, wedding band detail, attends The Girls' Lounge dinner, giving visibility to women at Advertising Week 2016, at Pier 60 on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Girls' Lounge)

Kim Kardashian’s stolen jewellery has been melted down, re-cut and sold on the black market, according to media reports.

France’s BFM TV channel was told by an enquiry source that the reality TV star is unlikely to get her jewellery back, including a £3.5 million diamond engagement ring.

Jerome Guillochon, president of a French jewellers federation, told French media: “They separate the stone from the metal. On one hand, they will melt the metal, and on the other, they will usually cut the stones completely, in order to remove all markings or modify the shape.


“Because if there is a typical shape in exceptional jewellery, if there is a ring in the shape of a cushion, they can perhaps cut it in circles.”

It is believed that technical equipment including lasers would have been used to alter the jewellery, and then it could have fetched millions on the black market.

The news follows expert opinion that Kardashian’s jewellery could end up in Hatton Garden. But the London Diamond Bourse hit back at these suggestions, insisting there is “absolutely no basis” to the claims.