FIFA Fever: Jeweler Unveils Life-Size Diamond Football

Thursday, 10 June 2010 08:21 by Roe Kalb

With football fever a mere hours away, and as soccer fans worldwide count down to the kickoff of the FIFA World Cup games in Johannesburg, it seems it was only a matter of time before "Splendor in the Grass" would go from being a classical American film to a description of a the ultimate mesh between diamonds and soccer.

A South African jeweler, who is evidently a huge soccer fan, has designed a life-size World Cup football completely covered in diamonds. 

The sparkling $267,000 sphere is made from 6,620 white diamonds and 2,640 black, round brilliant cut diamonds, giving a total weight of 3,500 carats.

The diamond encrusted ball weighs about 2.2 kg and jeweler Yair Shimansky said the creation was – for obvious reasons, "not designed for any goal kicking practice."
Shimansky is reportedly in talks with a leading European football club, which is interested in buying the diamond-covered football as a commemorative, 2010 World Cup display piece, for their club.

Though one of a kind, crystal replicas of the life-size diamond football will be featured in the jeweler's seven South African stores, for the duration of the World Cup games – which run from June 11 to July 11. 

Once the World Cup games conclude, the replicas will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to each regional store's charity of choice.

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