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$50 million in diamond jewels make a tempting backdrop for Asprey invitation-only dinner party

$50 million in diamonds make tempting backdrop for Asprey dinner party

John Thrash, from left, Darcy Rigas, Becca Cason Thrash and John Rigas at the Asprey dinner October 2013
John Thrash, from left, Darcy Rigas, Becca Cason Thrash and John Rigas at the Asprey dinner in the Cason Thrash home. Photo by © Jenny Antill
pool in center with dinner tables on either side at the Asprey dinner October 2013
The Cason Thrash pool room was a dramatic setting for the Asprey dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Cathy Neville, from left, Ceron and Joyce Echols at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Cathy Neville, from left, Cerón and Joyce Echols at the Asprey dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Matthew and Ann Wolf at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Matthew and Ann Wolf at the Asprey dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Courtney Fertitta, from left, Chessie Breen and Darcy Rigas at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Courtney Fertitta, from left, Chesie Breen and Darcy Rigas at the Asprey dinner. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Asprey dinner in the Cason Thrash home. Photo by © Jenny Antill
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, Shaune Leane, Pat Breen and Diane Lokey Farb at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, jewelry designer Shaune Leane, Pat Breen and Diane Lokey Farb at the Asprey party. Photo by © Jenny Antill
John Evatz and Doris Cantrell at the Asprey dinner October 2013
John Evatz and Doris Cantrell at the Asprey dinner in the Cason Thrash home. Photo by © Jenny Antill
dinner table with flower arrangements, place settings at the Asprey dinner October 2013
The dining table for the Asprey dinner was laden with orchids  and crystal candelabra. Photo by © Jenny Antill
John Thrash, from left, Darcy Rigas, Becca Cason Thrash and John Rigas at the Asprey dinner October 2013
pool in center with dinner tables on either side at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Cathy Neville, from left, Ceron and Joyce Echols at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Matthew and Ann Wolf at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Courtney Fertitta, from left, Chessie Breen and Darcy Rigas at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Melissa and Michael Mithoff at the Asprey dinner October 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, Shaune Leane, Pat Breen and Diane Lokey Farb at the Asprey dinner October 2013
John Evatz and Doris Cantrell at the Asprey dinner October 2013
dinner table with flower arrangements, place settings at the Asprey dinner October 2013

Now it can be told, now that the major domos of London jewelry house Asprey have caught the big bird to New York carting with them their cache of $50 million in to-die-for bling. The diamond jewels were haute temptations presented at dinner at the home of John and Becca Cason Thrash and then at private showings at Hotel Granduca this past week.

A select group of 50 individuals with a taste for luxe and the discretionary income to enjoy it were invited to the dinner hosted by Asprey chairman John Rigas, managing director Paddy Byng and Asprey's rare diamond expert Philip Baldwin. Adding a colorful note to the British entourage was Shaun Leane, who designs jewelry for the venerable jewelry and luxury goods house founded in 1781. Asprey has enjoyed patronage of the British royal family since Queen Victoria granted the house a royal warrant in the 1800s. Crowns, coronets, sabers, anyone?

 Six security guards on site at the Thrash home escorted the young and lithe jewelry models to the changing room where they picked up their dazzling bounty for display. 

Six security guards were on site at the Thrash home and obviously escorted the young and lithe jewelry models to the changing room where they picked up their dazzling bounty for display.

Competing heavily with the Asprey jewels was the diamond and mega-emerald suite worn by one fashion maven who seriously knows her way around carats and cuts.

It was a high-fashion crowd that included New Yorker Chesie Breen, her mother-in-law Pat Breen, Diane Lokey Farb, Ann and Matthew Wolf, Sara Dodd with Gregory Fourticq and Melissa and Michael Mithoff.

Little expense was spared for the tony gathering. Two lengthy dinning tables, laden with magenta-hued, giant phalaenopsis orchids on long stems and crystal candelabra, lined each side of the Cason Thrash pool room where the Andy Warhol Marilyn's kept a watchful eye on the elegant proceedings. City Kitchen provided the lavish three-course dinner presented in attentive white-glove service with one waiter for every two diners.

Among those swooning over the rich diamond offerings and contemplating Asprey's rumored move to Houston were Courtney and Jason FertittaKathryn and Jeff Smith, Ceron, Joanna Barrett and Todd Brooks, Joyce and Hugh Echols, and John Evatz.

Hostess Cason Thrash, stunning in a beaded cocktail dress by Ferragamo and a pair of stunning diamond chandelier earrings, was off the following day to Los Angeles as the guest of the Ferragamo family for opening of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, chaired by Robert Redford, Wallis Anneberg and Brad Pitt. Ferragamo was underwriter for the opening.