Diamond necklaces given to audience members from Oprah Winfrey‘s Sydney show are valued at $405 but some fans aren’t happy, complaining they are too small.
The complaints follow stories last week that the necklaces had not yet arrived, but have since started turning up.
Patrons received a silver-chained O pendant featuring seven “tiny” diamonds courtesy of Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine.
“I finally got it yesterday after six months wait,” one reader told News Limited. “And I can’t see any diamonds on it but other than that it looks like a cheap piece of costume jewellery.
“They call it a ‘special edition’, but really there’s nothing special about it. I’m really disappointed.”
But a spokesperson for Harpo Productions said the necklace’s were Rio Tinto’s responsibility.
A spokeswoman for Rio Tinto said confusion had been created after a $7000 diamond encrusted necklace was mistaken for what was always planned.
“What has been delivered is what we promised and while there has been negative feedback based on false expectations we have also had a lot of extremely positive feedback,” she said.
The negative Winfrey story comes just two weeks before her final show in the US.
Some US media also picked up the diamond necklace story last week.