When it comes to diamonds – the most expensive gems in the world – nothing is off-limits. Not teddy bears, not pens, not golf clubs, not tea bags. For those who are in love with these precious stones and their sparkle, adding some of their shine on to everyday items is not extraordinary. If you thought the rare rocks look pretty sitting on rings, pendants and other items of jewellery, you might want to take a look at these products that diamonds found themselves on. Cock an eyebrow all you want, but there’s definitely no going back to a diamond-less life once you read our list of top five (and outrageous) diamond-studded articles.
Stepping stones to luxury: Putting your best foot forward gets easier when you have the Buscemi 100mm Diamond Sneakers to walk in. The limited edition sneakers were revealed by the company in late 2016, and feature the brand’s trademark 18k gold detailing complemented by 11.5carats-worth of diamonds. The ‘diamond shoes’ that boast of a tumbled white leather upper (going extremely well with the ultra-extravagant material of the signature lock and hardware), took more than 20 hours of labour and will set the buyer back by $132,000 (approx £106k). The catch is that the most expensive sneakers in the world are only available in-store at the brand’s new flagship in NYC.
Nothing phony about it: The mobile phone market is perhaps at its busiest presently. With mobile phones becoming an integral part of our lives, diamond enthusiasts are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring the exquisite jewels find their way on to the gadgets. The most recent addition has been made by the makers of Chinese smartphone, ProTruly Darling. While the phone has average specifications, it certainly catches one’s eyes with its gleaming embedded diamonds. Equipped with a 360-degree camera, it has four diamonds installed between the display and the camera in the front. Depending on whether you opt for the luxury feature or not, its price ranges from $600-$1,300 (approx £485-1,050).
In similar vein, Amosu had developed an iPhone 6 case featuring 6,000 diamonds late last year. The most expensive cell phone case in the world, it is valued at $2.7 million (£2.18mn). The hefty purchase also offers the buyer a one-year subscription to Amosu’s VIP international concierge service.
Loosen your purse strings: There’s only one of its kind ever made and it sold for a staggering $3.8 million (approx £3.07mn) in 2010. This most expensive handbag in the world will put all other luxury arm candies to shame. Lebanon’s high profile jeweller Mouawad’s ‘1001 Nights’ diamond purse took 10 professional artisans 8,800 hours to make. Shaped like a heart, it is made from 18k gold and has 56 pink diamonds, 105 yellow diamonds and 4,356 colourless diamonds adorning it. We aren’t sure if anyone can have the heart to flaunt it and not worry about it getting stolen.
Rolling in stardust: Luxury cars giant Rolls-Royce revealed at the recently held Geneva Motor Show its sparkling new ‘Ghost Elegance’ – a long-wheelbase that sports a first-of-its-kind diamond paint. Called ‘Diamond Stardust’, the paint has been produced at the request of a Rolls VIP and contains 1,000 ethically-sourced crushed diamonds that took two months in trial-and-error to change into paint form.
The entire application process – which included mixing the sparkling powder with the paint and applying it to the Ghost, along with a protective top coat to ensure the diamond dust was sealed – took two days to be completed, by hand. The machine has been polished off and accented with hand-painted pin-striping via a single squirrel-hair brush. The estimated cost of the star-studded customised vehicle is $3,250 per carat, bringing it to a little over £223,368.
What’s in your eye?: Fancy shedding tears of diamonds? Taking novelty in eye jewellery a notch high is Netherlands-based artist/designer Eric Klarenbeek, who came up with contact lens attached to a thin copper medical wire that has diamonds affixed to it. Giving the appearance of diamonds teardrops, these are guaranteed to melt the onlooker’s heart.