Wearing gems and precious metals in earrings, necklaces or rings is a luxury we all desire and are fortunate to own, although we can never have enough. But have you considered the ultimate luxuries – think about playing poker with sapphires, hanging rubies on your wall, or even sleeping on gold? Or, even better – how about playing golf with diamonds – imagine how your swing will improve!
Hamilton loves the latest and greatest, and we’ve found quite a few unparalleled and highly coveted items that feature diamonds, rubies, gold and more in the most unique and awe-inspiring ways.
You’ll turn emerald green with envy.
Designer Handbags Have Nothing on This Purse
Created by design house Mouawad, the “1001 Nights Diamond Purse” harks back to the tale of Scheherazade weaving intricate and exciting stories during those idyllic Arabian nights. “Just as the tales of Scheherazade have captivated readers…, so the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is designed to mesmerize with its lavish attention to detail and elaborate workmanship incorporating thousands of diamonds,” said Pascal Mouawad, co-guardian of the design house. Crafted in 18k gold and covered with 4,517 yellow, pink and colorless diamonds, culminating in 381.92 carats, the purse took over 10 craftsmen more than 1,000 hours to complete. Astonishingly, the purse is valued at $3.8 million, and has claimed the title of the Guinness World Record’s most valuable handbag in the world. A handbag that is surely always in season.
Rock and Roll with a Custom Diamond and Alligator Guitar
Rock-Royalty, a new Nashville-based luxury design house creates spectacular, one-of-a-kind custom guitars. For $85,000, the company has created a custom alligator skin, diamond and sterling silver Fender Telecaster. The jaw-dropping instrument features black diamond and sterling silver volume knobs, a ruby-set selector switch and six diamond tuning keys set in sterling silver. Rock-Royalty promises to never duplicate a guitar design, so the lucky rocker will have a truly unique piece. Question is – will you want to play it, or display it?
A Lot at Stake with the World’s Most Expensive Poker Set
Created by Geoffrey Parker, the London-based maker of the finest games in the world has created the most expensive poker set for $7.5 million. The ultimate high-stakes game comes in a genuine alligator skin case finished in the client’s color of choice, and fitted with 18k white gold combination locks and hardware. Even the case lining is exceptional, as it features an 18k gold and diamond frame to hold 384-18k white gold chips, with each side inlaid with the finest stingray skin embossed with the chip’s value. The chips come in any currency and denomination desired. Of course, the chips are the main draw – the edges of the chips are all set with precious gems – white diamonds for white chips, sapphires for blue, emerald for green, rubies for red and black diamonds for black. The dealer’s chip is a large 18k white gold piece set with two rows of diamonds to the edge. In total, the set features 22,364 precious stones totaling 1,012 carats. To top off the set, four platinum-plated card decks are included. Raising the stakes was never so enticing!
Improve Your Golf Game with A Diamond Encrusted Putter
Odyssey Golf has created a striking two-ball putter encrusted with 240 rubies and 378 diamonds, set in an 18k white gold head for sale as the illustrious department store Harrods. The price tag? £100k. A small price to pay for a better game and bragging rights!
Mona Lisa’s Smile Has Never Looked So Bright
After spending 30 years collecting all the necessary gemstones, and then five years crafting, a Chinese jewelry collector has created a breathtaking replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” with over 100,000 carats of precious stones. Currently on display in Shenyang City, China, it is improbable that the artwork is for sale. Although the artist of the piece is unknown, it looks like this replica is just as priceless as the original.
Make Prom Unforgettable with a Diamond Dress
Prom fashion designer La Femme Fashion has created a $14,000 prom dress, encrusted with hundreds of diamonds hand-sewn onto the bodice. The custom made task for the form-fitting, floor-length strapless dress takes three weeks to finish. The gown is available in sizes 00 to 12, with a sweetheart neckline and a high slit that “epitomizes striking Hollywood glamour.” So far, two lucky girls have already purchased the gown – one order from Europe and another from the United States. Value of diamonds alone on the gown? $13,000. Value of the gown without the diamonds? $400. Value of being the only girl with this dress at prom? Priceless.
What’s Your Sleep Number? 24K Gold
Some people consider the bedroom to be the most important room of the house, so believes British designer Stuart Hughes and Hebanon by Fratelli Basile Interiors of Nocera Superiore Italy, so they created the $6.4 million Baldacchino Supreme – the world’s new most expensive bed. After taking three months to handcraft upon purchase, the bed is ensconced in silk Italian curtains in crème and gold, carved from chestnut, ash and cherry woods with a Parisian style headboard that can be inlaid with diamonds upon request. The real show-stopper is the amount of gold the bed uses; brushed along the borders of the entire structure is 24k gold leaf, using 107kg of solid gold. While one order has already been placed – and filled – by a wealthy Italian buyer (who remains anonymous), there is still one bed available. So begs the question, how will you decorate the rest of the room?
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