iPhone 4S already blinged-out by U.K. super jeweller
There’s this guy, Stuart Hughes out of the U.K., and he tends to go a bit overboard.
He’s one of these jeweller-to-the-stars types, and he pimps out everything from BlackBerries to iPads to fish tanks. No, really pimps them out. Like, slaps 149 grams of 22ct gold and a whack of diamonds onto an iPod Touch and turns it into a $226,000 gadget. That kind of stuff.
Remarkably, Hughes claims he actually sells his blinged-out creations. I spoke to him on the phone for an MSN feature a few months back, and he swears big money buyers flock to his gadgets, which act like status symbols for the super-rich.
If there was one thing you gained from speaking with the PR-savvy Hughes – his media people send out promo emails to reporters almost weekly – is that he’d never miss a headline. And, already, with the iPhone 4S debuting just yesterday, Hughes has turned the long-awaited smartphone into a gaudy jewel.
One version, called the “Billionaire Toys Gold Edition,” will be fully embellished in 24ct gold and will feature an outer frame inlaid with 500 top-quality crystal stones.
The other, called the “Billionaire Toys Platinum Edition,” will be fully embellished in platinum and feature the same crystal border.
Both phones will also have 53 hand-set crystals adorning the Apple logo on the smartphone’s back. Both units, available after Oct. 7th, will also be worth $6,100.
If six grand for a phone seems excessive to you, consider that Stuart Hughes is the same jeweller that memorably rolled out the world’s most expensive mobile last October – an $8 million diamond-studded iPhone 4.
Also consider that the words “economic recovery” don’t mean anything to the people that would actually mull buying these things. If you can afford a diamond-plated BlackBerry or platinum MacBook Air, there’s no such thing as fiscal restraint in tough times.
It’s always time to spend.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
*Photos courtesy Stuart Hughes.