Marshall Pierce displays $1 million ruby shoes

A public display of the famous Platinum Burma Ruby Shoes will be held from Sept. 15 through Sept. 19 at the Chicago showroom of Marshall Pierce & Company, 29 E. Madison. The one-of-a-kind Platinum Ruby, 4.5 in. stiletto shoes are priced at $1 million. The showroom is open to the public.

These creations were fashioned by legendary jewelry firm of Oscar Heyman & Brothers of New York in tandem with Los Angeles shoe manufacturer Stuart Weitzman in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Academy Awards. These slippers blaze 642 round and oval Burma rubies totaling more than 123 cts. Thirty of the largest rubies have individual AGTA certifications authenticating Burmese origination.

One half pound of specially spun platinum and silk thread created by the Platinum Guild International is the primary fabric material for the slippers. The making of these slippers required the coordination of more than 700 hours of designers, stone experts, lapidaries, jewelers, setters, and polishers. This unique footwear can also be converted into a necklace and/or bracelet set.

These size six slippers have been on display around the world with stops in Switzerland, London, Tokyo, and New Zealand. They have been delivered via a special security team and will remain on display at Marshall Pierce for public viewing during normal business hours.