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Extreme Extravagance: 18k Solid Gold Chess Set

It is 1.2 kilograms of 18k solid gold, with a grand total of 4,874 diamonds, courtesy of the House of Solid Gold at only $370,000.

Jul 18, 2016 | By Chelsea Tan

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.