Staggering cost of diamonds in Taylor’s video

Taylor Swift used real diamonds in an extravagant scene from her new music video.
Taylor Swift used real diamonds in an extravagant scene from her new music video. YouTube

TAYLOR Swift only fake-bathes in real diamonds.

It turns out the bathtub full of diamonds in Swift's new Look What You Made Me Do music video was authentic, chock full of loaned pieces from celebrity jeweller Neil Lane.

A source told Page Six the hundreds of carats in jewels - including those in the tub and that Swift is wearing (and biting) - are worth well over $12 million, and that an "insane" amount of security was involved.

aylor Swift's new music video for Look What You Made Me Do.
aylor Swift's new music video for Look What You Made Me Do. Contributed

Lane confirmed that his jewellery was featured in the video, saying, "I had to go to the vault for this one. They wanted an over-the-top, glamorous look so we gave them unprecedented access to my collection. And wow what an amazing turnout, diamonds have never looked better!"

Many of the designs look to be vintage and period pieces. A snake ring wound around Swift's left ring finger - a nod to the imagery she's been using to tease her new album - appears to be the same piece Zoe Saldana wore to the 2013 Oscars. Swift wears a second snake ring on her right hand and features other snake references throughout the video.

Swift's new video has also been bathed in controversy and conspiracy theories since its release at Monday's VMAs.

Some fans have speculated that the tub scene is a reference to Swift sparring partner Kim Kardashian's Paris robbery last fall, when she was tied up and left in a bathtub. Millions of dollars worth of Kardashian's jewellery was stolen.

People are also buzzing that the lone dollar bill floating in Swift's tub among the diamonds is a nod to the symbolic $1 settlement she won this summer when a jury found that a radio host had groped her.

This story originally appeared in the NY Post and is republished here with permission.

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