With its latest collection, De Beers taps into the myth of a diamond-studded valley ringed by flames.
Enter the Valley of Diamonds collection, a 13-piece lineup of rings, necklaces and a single pair of earrings inspired by an ancient myth of the same name.
The origins of the tale varyâ€”the Chinese, Indians and Persians all had their versions, some dating as far back as the eighth centuryâ€”but the premise is invariably the same: an impossible-to-reach valley richly covered in diamonds.
And the obstacles for the protagonists are always plentiful. As if menacing surrounding mountains arenâ€™t enough, the area is also ringed with walls of fire and inhabited by dangerous snakes whose gaze can strike a man dead, natch.
Make your every meal luxury! A Japanese jeweler is selling a 13-piece tableware set made entirely of pure gold for $1 million.
The set by Ginza Tanaka includes goblets, plates, chopsticks and cutlery, each engraved with a dragon, which symbolizes eternal youth and health. The items are available as single purchases, with spoons priced at 650,000 yen each and soup bowls going for 32 million yen.
The company said the tableware was aimed to appeal to Chinese customers. China’s increasing ranks of newly rich are buoying the luxury market despite the global economic slowdown.
Gold CuvÃ©e is a sparkling wine with real, edible 22 carat gold flakes! Yes, it has real, edible gold flakes and itâ€™s really bubbly so ideal for Christmas or bringing in the New Year!
Produced from pinot grapes, this wine and gold combination is a rare find worldwideâ€¦and it is an ideal stocking filler. So, why not join those before you, and develop a taste for gold!
You will find Gold Cuvee at the VOM FASS concessions in Selfridges.
A set of gold earphones have been placed on display in at Clive Ranger jewelry shop Bristol.
Designed by renowned Belgium based jeweler Casa Gi, the listening devices are made from 18 carat gold, encrusted with 118 of the highest quality diamonds and give a crystal clear sound.
Each earphone contains 59 diamonds that have been individually set in the gold, giving a sparking appearance.
If youâ€™re in the market for a different kind of laptop system – check out the Singulum laptop system.
Each Singulum system is crafted out of a single block of wood and features a keyboard made out of either ivory of 24 carat solid gold (be careful if you select the ivory as many countries including the US have a strict ban on ivory imports).
Now some of their product pictures on their website seem to infer that thereâ€™s a single piece of diamond used like a trackpoint pointer..
Inspired by the ideas of dualism, Visconti presents the Alchemy Vermeil limited edition of a fountain pen with a dual-end that allows you to add more color to your words !
This limited edition pen is beautifully crafted and capped in 18 carat gold at one end and sterling silver capped on the other. With a red body, the use of gold and silver are meant to underline the significance of Alchemy.
The pen also allows you to write in two different colours but this must mean you would need to refill the ink holder quite often because it would be smaller than in that of a normal ink pen.
Limited to 1,038 pieces worldwide, itâ€™s worth $5,500 (â‚¬3,752) – to be used to sign million dollar deals!
Golf is well known as “a rich man’s sport”. Time and again, opulent blinged golfing gears mushroom up to remind us of the fact.
One of them responsible for introducing these luxury goods, is Sayn Design.
They have come up with a Gold Putter that is dipped in 24 carat gold. The cherry on the icing is the diamond studded Sayn logo on the head of the putter.
The Scandinavian design firm Aurumania has created 10 bikes made out of solid 24-karat gold.
Each piece of every bike was created by hand and the whole thing decorated with 600 Swarovsky crystals.
The bikes all come with a leather seats and horns and they each cost around 80,000 dollars. Why that expensive ? Unlike other â€œgoldâ€ bikes these are solid gold, not plated.
Adrian Pallarols is known all over the globe for his silversmith work. He has created pens for kings, polo championship cups, goblets for stars and even requests for the Pope.
Now he takes the king of handyman tools, the Leatherman, and gives it a silver and gold makeover. You can spend $240 for a sterling silver model but it will cost you $40,000 to get the elegantly engraved 18k gold model.
A luxurious home requires a luxurious bathroom ! Available now from Qin.
Harrods is set to launch a range of £5,000 ($10,000) Swarovski-studded chocolates, with exclusively designed packaging by Lebanese chocolatier, Patchi.
The premium packaging, in which the 49 chocolates are hand-wrapped in Indian silk and placed on suede leather partitioned with gold and platinum, was created by Patchi’s in-house design team.
Every chocolate is adorned with gold and Swarovski crystal and silk rose. These are then placed in a stunning box made of genuine leather and magnificent hand woven silk from India and China.
A Harrods spokesperson says, “A number of our customers have actually asked for a product such as this which has the ‘wow’ factor.”
The chocolates are part of Harrods’ exclusive new range of “High Life” products, which will launch next month. Unlike the Royal Collection from Cocoa Gourmet that sported edible gold and diamonds, Im not sure you can actually swallow the crystals…
Shot by famous celebrity photographer Avinash Gowariker, the cover of Kohl, a recently launched ITP lifestyle magazine targeting Asian women, features Indian actress Katrina Kaif, who is the star of many Bollywood hits and was voted the Sexiest Woman by a famous international magazine.
Thanks to the alliance with an established UAE-based jeweler Damas, the face of the magazine comes dipped in 91 grams of gold and festooned with 622 diamonds. Total 86 hours were invested by Damas craftsmen to hand-apply layers of gold leaf to a specially-treated gold-edition of the exclusive magazine.
The special edition of the magazine was unveiled for the very first time at an official press conference on 24 June, in the Borders outlet in Mall of the Emirates. It is said to be the world’s most expensive magazine and worth over $10,000.
The magazine is set to be showcased at many of the Damas stores throughout the GGC till October and is anticipated to undergo auction for the Rashid Pediatric Therapy Centre in October 2008.
The Amaltea bathtub, designed by Baldi of Florence, Italy, is made entirely of the precious purple gem amethyst, and adorned with 24-karat gold-plated legs.
Matching lotion dispenser, soap dish and tumbler are also available. Now there’s no reason for a bather ever to get out.
Priced at â‚¬95,000 ($190,000) – Via newsweek.
In Russia they now drive in solid gold covered Porsche cars!
It seems only Porsche wasnâ€™t enough for this guy who seems to want to attract everyoneâ€™s attention though.
He used more than 40 pounds of the pure gold while decorating this Porsche 911 (The best and the most expensive method to screw up a really nice car ^_^).
Aurum, an Italian company, is the sole agent of a precious parquet covered with 24 carat gold leaves which bring refinement of materials and craftsmanship in the most exclusive houses.
The elegance of the rich woods and the brightness and glints of the gold and silver give style and charm to the chicest houses, to the yachts, to the shops and to the suites of the most prestigious hotels.
The collection includes 11 patented patterns: 6 in gold (at around 6,800 euros a square meter!), 4 in silver and 1 in copper. Gold leaves applied on wood boards and finished with wax and specific treatments to enhance the natural grain of the wood and to keep brilliance and wear.
If you really love Italy, you have to know that the same price could get you a central Milan apartment !
If you want to live the experience of a truly unique chocolate, The Royal Collection from Cocoa Gourmet with gold, silver and diamonds will unfailingly captivate your senses and spirit.
A royal treat for eyes too before you pop them one by one to relish the texture of Swiss ganache in your mouth!
Priced at just $1,250, this collection contains 12 masterpieces in all : four 22 carat Gold chocolates, four pure silver chocolates and four sweet Diamond ones.
And no worries Itâ€™s actually totally safe when ingested (what a waste!) : both the European Union and United States authorize the use of the precious metals and the diamonds to decorate food products.
This is definitely a gastronomic experience for die-hard chocoholics ! (thanks Jack)
International Motocycle show in Seattle has a special gem on display, a gold plated custom chopper with a $500,000 price tag !
if you think that the Swarovski Encrusted Scrabble Board was a little bit too “bling bling”, here is another luxury edition of Scrabble Game which looks a little more traditionnal, yet very luxurious !
Exclusively authorized by the Milton Bradley Company, this Collector’s Edition Scrabble Game is the first and only classic collector’s edition of America’s favorite word game.
A noble crafted wood-framed playing board builds the fundament for 100 letter tiles individually minted and encrusted with 24 karat gold.
The Limited Edition 18 carat gold plated tiles from Dominic Crimson raises the bar of opulent dÃ©cor.
Dominic Crinson has been blowing away the cobwebs of fusty interiors for more than a decade now with his exquisite tiles and wallpapers and these beautiful and ingenious limited edition â€˜Operaâ€™ tiles bear testimony to why heâ€™s now such an internationally-coveted name.
Combining contemporary design with modern technology, these tiles will appeal to all the design conscious decorators with a bold, experiential streak looking for a wall covering that express their flamboyant character.
Created by Dominic exclusively for 20ltd.com, only 250 body tiles and 250 fringe tiles for
75 Â£ ($150) each will ever be made. Source
Goldstriker sent yesterday “exclusive” preview image of their coming soon version of the iPhone 3G to the most influent bloggers.
The 24 carat gold 3G iPhone is expected to launch in July, and will start from $800 for the 8gb gold edition and rise to Â£1,000 ($2,000) for the 24ct gold & diamond edition.
The Apple Logo will house 53 cut bright white diamonds totaling 0,36 carat in weight.