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