Togs are laden with king's ransom in bling

All that glisters is not gold; in this case, it's $1 million worth of diamonds and pearls.

These bejewelled bathers, to be modelled again by Samantha Harris at the inaugural Gold Coast Swim Fashion Festival in a fortnight, are the handiwork of local jewellery designer Ann Middleton and swimwear label Sunseeker.

The swimsuit, adorned with more than 220 brilliant cut diamonds weighing a total of 133 carats, will be flaunted by the homegrown Harris during Sunseeker's show at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort on November 28.

Gold Coast based Middleton, who has worked with Elton John to Bill Clinton during her 39 years as a jeweller, said almost 100 Australian South Sea pearls were also incorporated into the intricate design.

"Hundreds of hours went into creating the swimsuit and we used as many Australian gems and pearls as possible," Middleton said.

"I hadn't done a swimsuit before but when I saw the design, I knew I wanted to create a seemingly simple, perfect, beautiful garment."

Organiser Leanne St George said the festival will promote the Gold Coast and Queensland to the world.

"It was a wonderful coup to have Samantha, Ann and Sunseeker come on board with this project," she said.

"Our lifestyle and fashion is unique. It's time to take them to the world."

The festival will showcase the best beach-inspired designs from November 28-December 1.

Article source: couriermail.com.au Image source: Luke Marsden/News Limited

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