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The Things We Bling: Swarovski Edition

Though trends are turning to simpler, earthy designs among the general populous, the obscenely rich seem never to abandon their flare for the extravagant.


Swarovski crystal covered Mercedes

This Mercedes, encrusted in more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals apparently listed at something like $4 million.

By now, we’ve all seen photos of the “diamond-encrusted” Mercedes reportedly owned by Saudi Prince al Waleed bin Talal.  Of course, as it turns out, the car is actually encrusted in Swarovski crystals – not diamonds – and the Saudi prince has pretty resolutely denied ever having owned the now-legendary vehicle designed by Garson/D.A.D.

But lately, we’ve been more interested in some of the other extravagant, and often downright bizarre, things absurdly wealthy people are covering in these fine crystals.  Cases in point:

Swarovski crystal encrusted bottle of Dom Perignon

Swarovski encrusted bottle of Dom Perignon

As if Dom Perignon, an upscale champagne that start around $250 a bottle, were’n’t fancy enough, someone took it upon themselves to cover this bottle from base to neck in Swarovskis, a service quickly made available to the masses by any number of entrepreneurs eager to take advantage of celebrity-envy on E-Bay and Etsy.

Bottles of Goût de Diamants’ Taste of Diamonds

Goût de Diamants’ Taste of Diamonds is the most expensive champagne in the world

But that’s just the tip of the champagne and crystals iceberg. There is, in fact, a whole line of fine champagne, called Goût de Diamants, decorated with fewer, but larger Swarovski crystals, the most expensive of which, Taste of Diamonds, goes for a little north of $2 million a bottle.  You can’t really find a downgraded version on Ebay. 

Swarovsky Starbucks cupOf course, if you need crystals to help you get through the daily grind, you may be more interested in this crystal-encrusted Starbuck’s cup.  You can sip your iced latte in style while you listen to your crystal-covered Beats headphones.  Yup, both available on Etsy.  In fact, one of the vendors on Etsy will cover pretty much anything in crystals, from Ice-T’s license plate frame to your hair dryer.

While these may be bizarrely expensive and unnecessary adornments, they are not really, in themselves, bizarre items to make fancy.  Except maybe the Starbucks cup. But let us move on. To the bathroom.

We thought it was a little odd and certainly excessive to cover an entire bathtub in crystals.  But Catchpole & Rye, “Purveyors of fine sanitary ware” have made one, retailing at about $200,000.

Crystal encrusted bathtub

swarovski crystal covered toiletBut as fine as their sanitary ware might be, Catchpole & Rye cannot be held responsible for the remarkable piece of work on the right. At a bargain $75,000, this is not the most expensive crystal-encrusted toilet on the market (there was another, by Satis, below, that retailed at $130,000 back in 2011), but we thought it was the prettiest.  Statis crystal encrusted  toilet




AND  we even found the perfect toilet paper to go with it.:24 karat Gold toilet paper


As you can see, it is possible to get just about anything decked out in bling.  But if your tastes run more towards the, well, tasteful, MightySkins can help you out with Chevron phone cases, geometric laptop vinyls, and classy wood-look vape wraps, for the discerning (and budget-conscious) lover of luxury.


The Things We BLING

Since the dawn of civilization, human beings have been making things fancier, shinier, and generally more gorgeous by covering them with gems, precious metals, and various forms of art.  From Tutankhamun’s funeral mask to Lil’ Wayne’s grilllilwaye84488-295x225, we will put what sparkles and shines on practically any surface we can find, whether in an effort to glorify our leaders or ourselves.  And since we here at Mighty Skins are in the business of fancying things up and making them say “me!”, we thought we’d check out some of the things that people have blinged throughout history.

We mentioned Tutankhamun’s funeral mask.  It’s this one→ 
No doubt you’ve seen it before.  What you may not have realized is that that mask topped a solid gold coffin, which weighed in at upwards of 240 pounds (these days, that’d run you about $4 million, if you got a good deal).  Also found in the Pharoah’s tomb were a throne wrapped in sheets of gold and silver and inlaid with semiprecious stones, faience and colored glass and numerous (and sizeable) pieces of gold jewelry, many of which adorned the Pharoah’s mummy.  These precious metals and gems may have been meant to make an impression in the next life more than this one, we’ve got to give it to King Tut.  He went out with *bling*.


While it took the Europeans a little longer to get in the bling swing, once they started, they went all out.

Exhibit A: The British Crown Jewels.  So blinged are the crowns of the British monarchy that some of them look like an over-privileged kid got hold of a Bedazzler and went to town with literally billions of dollars’ worth of precious gems.  But we think what really takes the cake in this collection is the royal stick.  We mean scepter.  It’s feature stone?  The second-largest cut diamond in the world, Cullinan I (that’s right, it has a name).  This diamond, also called the “Great Star of Africa”, is the largest piece of the largest gem-quality diamond ever found and weighs a little more than 530 carats.  But that’s not all.  The second-largest bit of the largest diamond ever found, Cullinan II, is also in her majesty’s collection, surrounded by 2,868 other diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies on the Imperial State Crown.  For coronation, the British Monarch holds the scepter and wears the crown, and possibly several other pieces of the original diamond, all of which have been mounted in various articles of royal jewelry.

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Exhibit B: The Palace at Versailles.  The sheer size of this place, especially at the time it was expanded – by the Louis now known as the “Sun King”, incidentally – was a statement in itself.  And not a statement of humble modesty.  This thing took nearly 50 years and four campaigns to build.  But you know what it started out as? A hunting lodge.  The Palace at Versailles is a blinged out hunting lodge.  Albeit, a hunting lodge with 700 rooms, 1250 chimneys, gold everywhere and, um, and opera hall.

  by Myrabella via wikimedia

Compared to royalty, today’s pop stars and oil barons have nothing on the bling market.  Of course, compared to the rest of us, they have a pretty mean bling, which we will be taking a look at down the road.  Fortunately, for most of us, we’re happy to just add a little flare here and there and save our billions for space exploration and fast cars.  We can certainly help you there.  With the flare, we mean.  Not so much with space and cars.  Although…

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