Saturday, October 16, 2010

British Jeweler Sells Diamond Encrusted iPhone 4 For $8 Million...

The British jeweler Stuart Hughes, who has earned a reputation for his expensive recasting of popular consumer electronics items, is at it again, this time dolling up an iPhone with 500 "flawless" diamonds and more than enough gold to appeal to the Midas in every one of us.

"This one only took 2 months to plan," Hughes wrote in an email to "We (had) earlier done the 3GS Supreme (which was offered for 1.92 million pounds) so we had the [know-how] really to pull the iPhone 4 off."

Here's how Hughes describes the product on his website:

"The world's most expensive phone with a total construction cost of ?5 million. The bezel is handmade from rose with approx 500 individual flawless diamonds which total over 100ct.The rear section is formed using rose gold with the added touch of its rose gold Apple logo and 53 diamonds. The main navigation is made from platinum which holds a single cut 7.4ct pink diamond. Also included (not shown in picture) is a rare 8ct single cut Flawless diamond which can replace the pink one. The chest which houses this unique handset is made from a single block of Granite , in Imperial Pink with the inner lined with Nubuck top grain leather , which weight is a massive 7kg.The handset is 32gb and limited edition of only 2 to be ever made."

Now, how could you resist? Of course, there is the minor matter of price. The product lists for 5 million pounds, or roughly $8 million, depending on the current exchange rate. As the wags at the tech blog Mashable note, "only two of these will ever be made, so don't worry: if you buy one, the chances of bumping into someone who has the exact same phone at a party are quite slim."

Of course, just why anyone of sane mind would shell out this much money for a tech toy - diamonds and gold fetishes notwithstanding - remains a mystery.

Jewel of an iPhone Offered at $8 Million - Tech Talk - CBS News


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