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Tokyo Gets $2 million Christmas Tree

Tokyo Gets $2 million Christmas Tree

Want to impress the kids this Christmas? A Tokyo retailer has just the thing – if you’ve got about $2.0 million to spare.

Jeweler Ginza Tanaka is going all out this season with a two-meter (6.6-foot) Christmas tree made with pure gold wire that’s as fine as angel hair pasta. If this sounds familiar, that’s possibly because the same jeweler made a splash with something similar some years ago.

The shop in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district says the 19 kilogram (42 pound) tree is made up of more than 1,200 meters (3,950 feet) of gold wire.

“The wire is made of the finest gold which has a 99.999 percent purity level,” Ginza Tanaka store manager Takahiro Ito told AFP on Tuesday.

Ito said the tree was made by the jeweler’s in-house artisans. The price tag? A cool 200 million yen ($1.8 million).

While it may be a stretch finding a buyer, Ito said he hoped the opulent display would show off Japan’s world-famous craftmanship.

“We want them to see our great technique and craftsmanship, and the glittering beauty of gold,” he said.

Wine Trends: Alcohol-Free with Stevia, Gold Flakes

This year’s SIAL Paris international food fair saw the debut of innovative wines that exchanged alcohol for unusual ingredients such as stevia and 24k gold leaf flakes.

Regarded in some circles as the place to discover what ingredients will be shaping culinary trends, SIAL saw representatives from 104 countries gather in Paris-Nord Villepinte to showcase their latest gastronomical innovation. The idea of alcohol-free wine – something we feel very conflicted about – was presented at the event by Languedoc-Roussillon producer Domaines Pierre Chavin.

Domaines Pierre Chavin diminishes the alcohol content (and also the calories) to zero but preserved the taste through the use of stevia sweetener for their original wine ‘Silhouet’. Stevia is said to be 100 times more potent than sugar, but still natural and forgiving in terms of empty calories. There will be three versions of Silhouet: a white chardonnay, a red merlot, and a sparkling white. The range will retail at Domaines-pierre-chavin.com and selected wine shops.

But that’s not everything that Domaines Pierre Chavin offered at the event. The winemaker also revealed plans to launch a new sparkling wine called Gold Arabesque. This chardonnay will feature 24k gold flakes. The AFP reports that, when consumed, gold helps to combat stress, relieve depression, stimulate collagen production and even reduce wrinkles. Also, it’s aesthetically pleasing. We leave you to do your own research and make your own decisions on this one. There is regular full-alcohol version of this chardonnay, Folie de Pierre instead, which you could try instead.


Gold Toilet Opens for Business at Guggenheim

Gold Toilet Opens for Business at Guggenheim

The streets may be paved with gold in heaven but in New York, it is a gold toilet providing creature comfort – and an eyeful for visitors to the city’s Guggenheim museum.

The working toilet, cast in brightly gleaming gold, has been installed in a fourth-floor bathroom for the private use of the public, taking the notion of an intimate setting for art to a new level.

The installation, “America,” is the first piece that Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has exhibited since his 2011 retrospective at the Guggenheim.


Starting Friday, it can be used as if an ordinary unisex toilet by the museum’s visitors, Katherine Brinson, curator of contemporary art at the museum, told AFP.

Visitors “will have a remarkably intimate and unusual encounter with this particular artwork,” she said.

A guard will be posted outside the bathroom door, said the museum, which has refused to put a dollar value on the piece.

Brinson said the work had “many layers, many possible interpretative lenses that one can bring to it.”

“One can see the title as a critique but also as idealistic. After all this is a work about creating access and opportunity for all for a very wide public, even though it is this lavish luxury item.”

Extreme Extravagance: 18k Solid Gold Chess Set

There are only so many times you can visit a faraway country, buy Hermes Birkins, or pamper yourself in one too many luxurious spas. What do you do when you have too much money? The House of Solid Gold offers the panacea to your need to pump up your status. Meet the Diamond Encrusted 18k Solid Gold Chess Set.

Touted as the perfect complement to your hand-crafted Louis Vuitton case, Burberry scarves and Rolex watches, this 18k yellow and white gold chess set is unapologetically lavish. The devil’s in the details, with the carefully set black and yellow-golden diamonds adorning the board. In fact, the entire piece is meticulously handcrafted, and is the work of thirty master craftsmen who clocked in 4,500 hours of dedicated craftsmanship. Obviously, this chess set isn’t just a battleground of wits anymore; it is art, home decor, and a conversation piece (for when you’re showing off this masterpiece, not when you’re playing).

The objet d’art in question totals 4,874 black and yellow-golden diamonds, weighing in at 125.50 carats, and is crafted out of more than 1.2 kilograms of 18k solid gold. For such extravagance, the chess set is yours for the small sum of $370,000. If you have some spare change, there are also solid gold toothpicks, mountain bikes and playing dice up for grabs – or even better, as gifts for the person who has it all (we’re thinking perhaps Joseph Lau might want to look into this, if the makers can be convinced to go with blue diamonds perhaps).

Visit The House of Solid Gold’s website here.

Jeweler Poh Heng Debuts Gold Clutch

To celebrate the timeless beauty, elegance and empowerment of women, Singapore jeweler Poh Heng unveils ‘The Lady’, a collection of 12 thoughtfully crafted 22K gold jewelry pieces, including the ‘Elizabeth’, the brand’s first ever gold clutch. It is this historic bag that drew us to the story, given that Poh Heng has been a gold specialist and jeweler since 1948 but it has never ventured into accessories proper.

Poh Heng_ The Lady_Elizabeth

Clearly, a lot of thought was put into crafting the intricate clutch. Carefully fashioned from 497 grams of 22K gold, the carrier is encased in yellow gold links that resemble lace detailing and with 27 facet-cut beads for maximum shine. This exclusive bag will be placed on display at Poh Heng’s Orchard Shopping Centre outlet from 19 May 2016.

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The rest of the collection sees glittering gold bead link patterns inspired from the ‘Elizabeth’ clutch applied to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The 11 designs are each created to highlight the unique traits of a modern woman, and comprises of both bold and subdued accents, so there’s something for everyone.

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‘The Lady’ will be available at all Poh Heng boutiques islandwide from end May 2016.


Myanmar Sule Pagoda Re-Clad in Gold

This is the Sule Pagoda, located in downtown Yangon, currently undergoing a restoration of sorts, just in time for Myanmar’s transition to full democracy. The scaffolding forms many sharp points aimed at the sky. This renovation, refurbishing the weather-damaged monument with gold plates, each costing around $1,100, seems an entreaty towards the sky, and possibly something greater. The costs, unsurprisingly, are significant for the impoverished Southeast Asian nation, but for pious Buddhists, it is apparently worth it.

But this site has more than divine significance. It was also a site for two uprisings – the 8888 Uprising and the Saffron Revolution. In the former, Aung San Suu Kyi emerged as a national icon and tried to stir up the democratic spirit, before being placed under house arrest. In the latter, monks took to the streets with their saffron-colored robes in protest, until the junta cracked down on them. In this way the pagoda became both a holy site, and a memorial for past brutalities.

“This is our spiritual belief that people worship at the pagoda, wishing for the best for their future, their family,” said Aye, a Sule trustee board member, who like many in Myanmar goes by one name. Also, perhaps unrelated but still good to know, the word for gold in Burmese, ‘Shwe’, is a hugely popular name. Gold itself has long had a crucial role within the country, with colonial era Burmese women mainly having jewelry made of gemstones and gold. After independence, gold became even more important as the junta’s socialistic policies tore apart the economy, leaving the population with a deep suspicion of government banks.

The regilding is set to be completed by the end of March. Perhaps, viewing the pagoda at night, a bit of this can be understood beyond the fervent desire to restore this small monument into its former glory. Light glinting off the surfaces, sends yellow reflections sprawling into the darkness. It feels like something the citizenry of the ragged state can rally around. It feels like some distant dream coming impossibly close to reality…

Golden Coach

Dutch royals’ golden coach set for refit

Golden Coach

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima left for Parliament’s opening on Tuesday for the last time before their opulent and historic “Golden Coach” undergoes an extensive refit.

Made of teak wood and covered with gold leaf, the coach is used each year to transport the Dutch royals from the king’s offices at Noordeinde Palace to Parliament about a kilometre (0.6 miles) away.

Part of the pageantry of “Prinsjesdag” (Prince’s Day), which is traditionally held on the third Tuesday of September, the royal couple is cheered by thousands of well-wishers along the way.

Drawn by eight black steeds, the coach has a plush interior and has been in use by the Dutch royals since 1901, three years after it was delivered to then reigning Dutch Queen Wilhelmina.

But it has been showing signs of wear in recent years and will now undergo “maintainance over the next three or four years,” the Dutch government said in a statement.

The royals will in the meantime ride in the much older “Glass Coach” which, although not as glitzy on the outside, is as opulently upholstered with purple velvet and a roof upholstered with white silk.

After arriving at Parliament’s historical 13th-century “Knights’ Hall”, King Willem-Alexander delivered a speech written by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, outlining the government’s plans for the year.

The Golden Coach has in recent years courted controversy, with detractors saying the paintings on its doors, notably showing black slaves bowing to white masters, glorified Dutch colonial oppression.

Beyonce Apple Watch Edition

Beyonce Has a Gold Apple Watch You Can’t Buy

Beyonce Apple Watch Edition

Beyoncé has uploaded a photo to her blog showing off an unusual version of the Apple Watch Edition, Apple Insider reports.

In place of the standard leather or flouroelastimer strap, it has a link bracelet like the less expensive Apple Watch. Unlike the standard Apple Watch, however, this link bracelet looks like it’s made of gold.

Lagerfeld apple watch

While Apple is supplying Apple Watch to big names in entertainment and fashion, only Beyonce and Lagerfeld are known to have gold link bracelets.

This Apple Watch Edition probably goes for even more than the most expensive Watch, which costs around $17,000!

BeoLab 18

Bang & Olufsen go rose gold for anniversary collection

 is celebrating its 90th anniversary by releasing six of its products in a trendy rose gold finish.

BeoLab 18

The rose gold finish of the new Love Affair collection, says the company, was achieved through a dyeing process and accompanies touches of wood, a signature material for the brand.

BeoPlay H6

Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen began creating their audio technology in the 1920s and have maintained an Art Deco aesthetic that is front and center in the new collection, which also ties in colored fabrics recently developed with fashion designer Stine Goya.

BeoPlay A9 Gold

The Love Affair Collection comprises the recently launched BeoVision Avant 85 (starting at $25,695), the all-in one entertainment system BeoVision 11-46 ($7,655) and BeoRemote One, the BeoPlay A9 music system ($2,699) and H6 headphones ($419), and the classic BeoLab 18 ($6,920), with a new walnut lamella front and a rose gold cabinet.

BlackBerry Passport Limited Edition

BlackBerry Passport Black & Gold edition revealed

BlackBerry Passport Limited Edition

 has announced the Passport Black & Gold, a limited edition consisting of just 50 devices.

In addition to a gold back cover and gold sides, this luxury edition of the Passport comes with a cover in Valextra leather.

Each device is numbered. The limited edition is available for $899.

Previously available in white, black and red, the BlackBerry Passport has a 4.5-inch square HD touchscreen (1440×1440 pixels) that breaks with current industry trends.

Powered by the BlackBerry 10.3 OS and a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, the 4G-ready smartphone has a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and 1080p video recording, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

The device is marketed primarily to business professionals and has a price tag of $699.99 (unlocked).

Gold-plated bike

Goldgenie’s $390,000, 24 karat gold-plated bicycle

London-based Goldgenie is selling a men’s racing bicycle covered in 24-carat gold plating, making it one of the most luxurious in the world.

Adorned with diamonds, the bike is coated in a layer of 24 carat gold, from the tip of the drop handlebars to the wheel stays and every other part in between, including every ridge of the gear chain. The gold is offset by a limited edition black San Marco suede saddle and SR4 racing tires.

Gold-plated bike

There are plans in the pipeline to release more bespoke and customizable models of the bike in the future, with options including animal skin and leather finishes for the saddle and handlebars.

The “24k Men’s Racing Bike” is available from goldgenie.com. Prices start at £250,000 (about US$391,000).



Samsung to auction gold UHDTV for charity


A curved 78-inch ultra-high definition television set is already a rather rare and exclusive commodity. But this particular set has been gold-lacquer painted using the Ottchil technique, by celebrated artist Sung Yong Hong.

The one-of-a-kind TV will be on public display at Christie’s in Hong Kong before going under the hammer on November 20 as part of the Christie’s autumn action with all proceeds from the sale going to Orbis, a global NGO that is focused on improving access to high-quality eye health.


Ottchil is a traditional Korean lacquer technique that can be traced back to the Neolithic era. Historically, it was used to coat furniture, ornaments and other valuable objects because of its protective and decorative qualities.

In more recent times Korean artists have embraced and adapted the technique for use in their work.

Sung Yong Hong’s use of Ottchil on the TV was intended to give a modern twist on the ancient art, an attempt to preserve the moments and memories that television created.

The completed piece that covers the television’s rear is called “Memory of TV” and features iconic scenes and characters from television.


“The TV is the centerpiece of every home, and we are excited to share this work of art with the clients of Christie’s Hong Kong. TV is a part of all cultures and we hope that everyone can enjoy watching it.”

“We are also very proud to support Orbis, as they work towards the prevention and treatment of the causes of avoidable blindness,” said KK Park, Executive Vice President and head of Sales & Marketing, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

A gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

Goldgenie, a British company specializing in device customization, has added a 24-carat gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha to its offering.

Over the Galaxy Alpha’s polycarbonate shell, Goldgenie has added a 24-carat gold veneer with a thickness of between five and ten microns.


Underneath, the technical specs of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha are unchanged, from its 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen to its octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The device is 4G ready and has 32GB of storage, enough to let users take advantage of its 12MP camera.

Presented in an exclusive cherry oak finish box, the glitzy smartphone costs €1,997 (around $2,500). For the same price, Goldgenie also offers a gold-plated Samsung Galaxy S5. The company has also given the Midas touch to various iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry models.

selfridges christmas 2014

Selfridges goes gold this Christmas

selfridges christmas 2014

British department store chain Selfridges have unveiled an exclusive collection of all-gold bags for the holiday season.

Signature styles from the Fall/Winter 2014 collections have been reimagined in gold for an exciting Christmas capsule at .

Anya Hindmarch clutch

Prices for the exclusive pieces range from £450 (approx. $715) for the Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag by Sophie Hulme, rising up to £60,000 (approx. $95,000) for a made-to-order Anya Hindmarch crisp packet clutch which comes in a choice of solid 18 carat yellow or rose gold and can be customized with your name.

Sophie Hulme - Mini envelope patent-leather cross-body bag

Other exclusive highlights include a gold snakeskin version of the Proenza Schouler PS11 bag (£1,990, approx. $3,155) and a gold leather tote by Simone Rocha (£1,430, approx $2,270). For the gold-loving traveler there are also three Rimova suitcases which have all had the Midas touch.

Moschino Metallic gold leather tote

All the bags are available to buy in all Selfridges stores and online at Selfridges.com

MOTO 360

Moto 360 gets gold-toned edition

MOTO 360

The best-looking Android-powered  is turning on the style just in time for the holiday season.

As well as a new Champagne Gold edition, customers will be able to specify the watch with a host of colored or polished stainless steel bands.

Until now the watch has only been available with a leather strap but the new choices are meant to reflect the fact that a watch, no matter how smart, is also a piece of jewelry or an accessory and therefore needs to reflect the style of its wearer.


Motorola is also adding to the number of leather straps available for the Moto 360 and says that it will be rolling out a selection of thinner bands and straps too for those of us with smaller wrists.

The standard Moto 360 costs $250 but if specified with one of the aircraft-grade stainless steel straps the price goes up to $299. However, going for gold will cost a further $30.

However, that premium is nothing compared to the purported cost of Apple’s gold smartwatch.

If the latest reports are to be believed, the upcoming 18-karat edition of the Apple Watch is going to cost the same as a Rolex.


According to French website iGen, the smartwatch is going to come with a price tag of $5000 when it launches in Spring 2015.

Even the stainless steel version is expected to cost $500 in the US. With that in mind, the Moto 360 is a bargain.

Motorola has also added Moto Body, a new app focused on well-being that tracks heart rate, steps taken and calories burned; plus a selection of new watch faces for the device and an option for wearers to create their own, all via updates to the Moto Connect app.

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

A Gold iPad Air Is Coming Soon

iPad Air (R) and iPad Mini

Apple is rumoured to be adding a gold colour option for its revamped full size iPad Air, which is expected to be unveiled later this month.

The move is an attempt to boost sales of iPads as the demand for all tablets starts to cool following nearly four years of unprecedented growth.


Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Analyst with a golden touch when it comes to second-guessing what Apple has planned, said in September that he expected a gold version of the iPad to materialize this year and reports from various sources also claim that the company is considering offering some of its 2015 notebooks in the same finish.

If true, the decision would be a remarkable turnaround. Apple adopted gold as a color finish for the iPhone 5S and decided that applying the finish to anything bigger than a smartphone crossed the line from stylish to tacky.

ABI Research, which published its latest report into the state of the tablet market on Tuesday, claims that growth in the sector is at an all-time low of 2.5 percent and while Apple and Samsung are still the world’s most popular tablet brands — they account for almost 70 percent of all sales — they are starting to stagnate as cheaper alternatives arrive in stores.

As well as a gold-tone finish, the new iPad Air is expected to feature a faster processor, a special treatment on the screen to make it easier to view when outdoors and the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the latest-generation iPhone in order to up security and simply mobile payments.

And while Apple is yet to send out invites, the company is expected to unveil its new tablets at a special event towards the end of October.

gold Aston Martin DB5

Unique Gold Aston Martin DB5 to be Auctioned

gold Aston Martin DB5

A one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 will go under the hammer later this month in an online auction to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The event is created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the first bond film to feature the iconic DB5.

The car was built by Propshop, the company that provided scale models of the DB5 for special effects scenes in the most recent Bond Film, “Skyfall.”

The one-off gold model with 24-carat gold plated detailing comes complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate – just like Bond’s DB5.

gold Aston Martin DB5 interior

Bidding commenced on Monday and will continue until September 17, the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of “Goldfinger.”

The car is expected to fetch between £40,000-£60,000 and is one of a host of specially commissioned Bond-themed items in the sale.

Omega Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch

Also included in the sale will be a unique Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film.

iphone 6 gold

Gold iPhone 6 already up for sale

iphone 6 gold

As anticipation builds about the rumored launch of Apple’s latest iPhone, the only thing that is certain is that it will be available in 24ct gold.

The  24ct Gold iPhone 6 is already available to order even if the standard iPhone 6 isn’t.

It can be specified in either yellow or rose gold, with your name engraved on its back and with a crocodile or python skin case.


The British-based designer was the first to offer an iPhone in gold back in 2007 and clearly doesn’t want to take any chances with the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, opening the order books and sending out renders of what the finished handset will look like based on rumors and leaks.

The standard iPhone 6 is expected to boast a 4.7-inch display and more rounded corners, and will be going on sale to the public on September 19.


Although we have yet to confirm Apple’s price for the new smartphone, Amosu’s version will run you a cool £2,400 ($3,900).

Amosu, whose clients include Snoop Dogg and Lily Allen, also does a line in gold-plated and diamond-encrusted Android and BlackBerry handsets.

curved gold coins

First-ever United States Mint curved coins to go on sale

curved gold coins

The first curved coins from the United States Mint are set to go on sale on March 27. The limited edition coins include a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a half-dollar clad coin.

The concave design, the creation of artist Cassie McFarland, features a baseball glove on one side and a ball on the other.

It was designed in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

US commemorative coins celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions and help to raise money for important and charitable causes. They are legal tender, but are not minted for general circulation and each design is only available for a limited time.

Carlsson CS50 Versailles

This Mercedes Is Covered in Real Gold

Carlsson CS50 Versailles

For lovers of luxury and bling-bling, German tuning specialist Carlsson is offering an eyeful at the Geneva Motor Show this week, displaying the world’s first gold-covered car.

Several thousand sheets of gold leaf were needed to cover the Versailles-inspired special edition Mercedes S-class presented at the show.

The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class was used as the model for the new limited edition CS50 Versailles Edition of Carlsson,

Carlsson CS50 Versailles interior

Carlsson said it is only planning to produce 25 of the over-the-top luxury vehicles, each customised to fit the tastes of their buyers.

Ten of the Carlsson CS50 Versailles, named after the Palace of Versailles, have already been reserved, said the company, which is targeting in particular ultra-rich buyers in Asia and the Middle East.

About half of the car’s exterior is covered in pure gold, and the precious metal is also omnipresent inside the vehicle, covering the steering wheel, part of the dashboard and a range of knobs, buttons and details.

mercedes s class gold interior

And the luxury does not stop there. The seats are fitted with Nappa leather and the floorboards covered with soft sheepskin carpeting.

It took some 200 man-hours to cover the car with gold leaf, using special squirrel hair brushes, before the delicate metal sheets were sealed with a clear coat to keep them in place, Carlsson said.

Priced at 359,000 euros ($498,000), the Carlsson CS50 Versailles on display in Geneva is among the priciest vehicles at this year’s show.

Carlsson CS50 Versailles edition