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Centuries of luxury behind football's Ballon D'Or

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The displays at Mellerio jewellers in Paris teem with diamonds and sapphires. But to football fans they pale in comparison with the golden orb on a bed of pyrite crafted by the house for the FIFA Ballon d'Or. 

French artisan Michel Garault assembles the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 ('Golden Ball') at the Mellerio jewelery workshops in Paris on December 6, 2012. The displays at Mellerio jewellers in Paris teem with diamonds and sapphires. But to football fans they pale in comparison with the golden orb on a bed of pyrite crafted by the house for the FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Dubbed the Oscars of the football world, the FIFA Ballon d'Or was born in 2010 of the merger of two prizes: the Ballon d'Or, awarded since 1956 by French sports journalists, and FIFA's World Player trophy, picked since 1991 by coaches and national team captains.

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