Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Million Dollar iPhone: JEWELLERS ALCHEMIST, LONDON CREATES A GOLD VERSION OF iPHONE HANDSET COMPLETE WITH 700 DIAMONDS [Photos]

The navigation button, pictured, is made from 24-carat gold and has a two carat diamond cut into the centre. The bespoke handset was made by hand and it took seven months to complete

Alchemist London specialises in adding designer gold and jewelled cases to laptop computers, tablets and smart phones. More than 50 diamonds were used to recreated the Apple logo on the rear of the case
Apple iPhones have the reputation for being fragile at the best of times, but a jeweller has created a model so expensive its unlikely its owner will want to take it out of the box.

The handset, built by London-based jewellery firm Alchemist, is the world's most expensive iPhone with a £600,000 ($1 million) price tag.

Alchemist London specialises in adding designer gold and jewelled cases to laptop computers, tablets and smart phones.

Dubbed Million Dollar iPhone, the handset has a handmade, 24-carat gold bezel and is covered in 700 individual diamonds, totalling over seven carats.

The company said it set out to create an item that was so luxurious it would 'redefine the meaning of grandeur' and spent seven months making the bespoke device.

'It has culminated in the production of the most sought after piece of customised technology available in the world today. Meticulous, painstaking, and methodical are the closest words with which to describe the creative process. said a spokesman for Alchemist London.

The rear panel of the Million Dollar iPhone is made from 24-carat gold, with 53 diamonds making up the Apple logo. The navigation button is also made from 24-carat gold and has a two carat diamond cut into the centre.

'The design has been called, 'A challenge of epic aesthetic and technical proportions.'

It took seven months to build and Alchemist London said only two of the handsets will be sold, with prospective buyers being asked to formally register their interest on either of the company's two websites, the-million-dollar-iphone.com and gold-alchemist.com.

The handset and accessories, including a charger and USB cable, come in a bespoke case.

The handset, built by London based jewellers Alchemist, is the world's most expensive iPhone - with a £600,000 ($1 million) price tag. Dubbed Million Dollar iPhone, the handset has a handmade, 24-carat gold bezel and is covered in 700 individual diamonds, totalling over seven carats


Only two of the handsets will be sold. Prospective buyers are being asked to formally register their interest on the company's website. The handset and accessories, including a charger and USB cable, come in a bespoke box, pictured.