Million-Dollar Jewelry Heist Hits Cannes as ‘Bling Ring’ Premeires

First, art was imitating life. Now life is imitating art.

Over a million dollars worth of designer jewelry set to adorn stars on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet was stolen — notably, during the Thursday evening screening of Bling Ring, the true story of teens who robbed homes of the rich and famousaccording to French police.

The gems, creations from the Swiss-based luxury jeweler Chopard, were taken from a company employee’s room at the Novotel Cannes Montfleury Hotel. Police sources told the Daily Mail that jewels were locked in a security safe, which the thieves tore from the wall and lifted from the room.

More than a mainstay on the necks of celebrities, Chopard has been a sponsoring partner of Cannes since 1998, designing the Palme d’Or award, hosting parties to honor films, and of course, creating jewelry to make the star shine during the iconic mounting of the steps at the annual famed festival. Already at this year’s event, Chopard gems has graced the likes of Julianne Moore, Cindy Crawford and Cara Delevingne, while they were worn last year by Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard.

Of course, it seems no coincidence that the theft transpired during the very hours that Bling Ring lit up the Cannes big screen. Written and directed by Oscar-winning Sofia Coppola, the docudrama was inspired by the true story of a group of fame-hungry Los Angeles teenagers who broke into celebrity homes to swipe their shoes, clothes and — read closely — jewelry.

It’s like the circle of…crime?