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Burglary turned Keira Knightley off jewellery

Published 08/09/2016

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

Keira Knightly treasures a black Camelia ring given to her by Chanel.

Actress Keira Knightley rarely wears her own jewellery because all her gems were stolen during a burglary when she was 22.

The Bend it Like Beckham star is the face of Chanel's new fine jewellery campaign, even though she's not known for her bling - and she's revealed to People magazine there's a reason she's not always dripping in gold.

"When I was 22 my house got burgled, so all of my jewellery got taken," she told the outlet at the launch of Chanel's new boutique at Bergdorf Goodman.

"It was so awful because it was all of my 21st birthday presents (which were stolen). I never replaced any of it, really. I actually have very little jewellery. It's so sad."

But she's hoping her new role for Chanel will inspire her to start collecting gems again, so she can pass them on to her daughter Edie. In fact, she already has her eye on a few Chanel rings.

"Maybe I'll buy lots of these!" she laughed.

Keira is no stranger to Chanel - she has been the face of the brand's Coco Mademoiselle fragrance and Rouge Coco lipsticks for almost a decade.

One trinket she does own is a special ring that was given to her as a gift the second year she represented the fashion house.

"It's one of those small, black Camelia rings," the actress said. "It’s very lovely."

The 31-year-old is just one of the famous faces involved with Chanel, with Kristen Stewart, Willow Smith and Lily-Rose Depp all fronting their own advertisements. Keira has spoken at length about how much she admires creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who designed her tulle wedding dress for her nuptials to James Righton in 2013, and previously recalled meeting him for the first time when she was jet-lagged and suffering from acne.

"(Karl is) terribly impressed by the people who do make an effort and recognises those of us who just can't," she previously pointed out.

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