How does the idea of an 18-course dinner paired with vintage wines and a 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring as a take-home gift sound like? For diamond aficionados with $2 million to spare, this must be mouth-wateringly inviting. World of Diamonds, a Russian diamond mining company which had unveiled its Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring to the world earlier this year, is offering the lavish experience to those with a fine taste in living. The eight-hour retreat will include journey by air, land and sea to reach Ce’ La Vi, in Singapore, 10,000 fresh roses, an 18-course dinner, 44- and 55-year-old wines and a 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring which is estimated at $2 million by World of Diamonds (Blue diamonds of Fancy Vivid saturation sell for approximately $1 million per carat at auction). The only catch here is that just two people will get to indulge in this feast of a lifetime.
“This is the most expensive dining experience in the world, and the most lavish one possible,” Karan Tilani, Head of Asia, World of Diamonds, was quoted as saying by Forbes. “As a diamond mining group, we recognise that Ce’ La Vi is a diamond in the sky. [We expect] the response will be beyond overwhelming, but it’s only two diners who will eventually have the privilege.”
The experience starts with a 45-minute helicopter ride over Singapore, followed by a chauffeured Rolls-Royce drive and a private luxury cruise. The diners will then head to Ce’ La Vi, atop the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, where they step on a floor blanketed with 10,000 fresh roses and seat themselves in custom-made designer furniture fashioned to their liking (fabricated by The Plush) and eat using diamond-studded chopsticks that have their names engraved on them. The luxury spills on to the menu that includes delicacies such as New Zealand Langoustine, Fresh Belon Oyster with champagne foam, Almas Caviar, Lamb Sweetbread, air-flown Alaska Wild Salmon, slow-cooked Pigeon, and Apple-Wood Grilled Mishima Sirloin. Paired with this lavish meal would be 44- and 55-year-old vintage wines, 1988 Salon ‘S’ champagne, 2008 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru and various other world-class champagnes and bruts. The candle-lit dinner will be accompanied by a live band playing in the background and the diners have the option of retiring to a private suite later.
But before that, at midnight, they would be presented with what is undoubtedly the icing on the cake – The Jane Seymour ring, which has a 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond set in 18-karat rose-gold-plated platinum with a floral motif on either side of the stone. It stands out for not just being unique, but also for never having been owned, only worn by Seymour, the inspiration behind the ring. It is reported that experts at World of Diamonds studied the rough cut for more than a year before deciding on the cushion shape. As diners marvel at their latest conquest, Louis XIII de Remy Martin cognac will be served while the sky lights up with dazzling fireworks.
Details of how the final person will be selected have not been disclosed yet, though factors being considered include the buyer’s influence, affinity for blue diamonds and how he or she plans to flaunt The Jane Seymour. World of Diamonds and Ce’ La Vi will determine who the experience will be sold to. Adds Tilani, “Also, because WOD Group supplies to luxury design houses and reputable diamond jewellers, we may have to offer our existing clients priority for The Jane Seymour ring, and therefore, priority over the dining experience. However, we still welcome additional interest globally.” Clearly, to delve into a repast this exclusive, you need a hefty appetite and deep pockets.