Luxury versions of popular games are nothing new. Chess sets have been crafted out of nearly every material under the sun, and last year the world's most expensive Monopoly set - made from 18 karat gold and featuring gemstone houses and hotels and polished diamond dice – went on display at the Museum of American Finance.
Now the ante has been raised on the ultimate high-stakes game – poker. Geoffrey Parker has come out with a poker set valued at over $7 million.
The Parker poker set features cards held in platinum-plated decks; 384 white gold chips set with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, or white or black diamonds (depending on the chip's color); and an alligator hide carrying case with locks of 18 karat white gold.
A total of 22,364 diamonds and colored gemstones hold a 1,012 carat stake in this luxury poker set, which gives new meaning to betting the bank.
Dancing with Diamonds
Showing up at the prom in the same dress another girl is wearing is a dreaded faux pas, all the more so when the dress in question is a $14,000 custom-made dress studded with real diamonds.
DressGoddess, a Pennsylvania retailer, made the headlines some weeks ago when it unveiled the ultimate prom dress, a strapless bias-cut design with a high slit. Now Philadelphia's KABC is reporting that two of the diamond dresses have actually been sold. Although given that one went to a customer in the US and another was sent off to Europe, there doesn't seem to be too much chance that the wearers will run into each other.
For would-be prom queens who like the style but don't want to fork over their college savings, the company makes a diamondless version of the dress that sells for around $400.
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