Thursday 31 March 2011

Luxury gold and diamond iPad will set buyers back $8 million

Luxury gold and diamond iPad will set buyers back $8 million

Forget about version one or two of the iPad, and whether it has 16, 32 or 64 GB of memory. The coolest version would appear to be an iPad 2 made from gold and set with diamonds, it is priced at a modest $8 million.

Just two of the extravagant handheld devices are being made by well-known designer of conspicuous items, Briton Stuart Hughes. 

The body of the so-called iPad 2 Gold History Edition is made of 70 ounces of 24K gold and set with 12.5 carats of diamonds. And given that amount of gold, the iPad is not as portable as its more humble counterparts – weighing in at two kilogrammes.

In addition to gold and diamonds, the iPad 2 feattures the rare material ammolite, and even splinters of the thigh bone of a 65 million-year-old dinosaur are included in the bezel. 

In addition, the home button features a single 8.5-carat diamond within a platinum setting, with 12 smaller diamonds set around it.

Hughes previously created a diamond-set iPhone 4 valued at $8 million which made it the world's most expensive mobile phone. Made of rose gold, it is set with around 500 flawless diamonds with a total weight of more than 100 carats.