Creme eggs don’t look as exciting now the world’s most glitzy and expensive Easter treat is on the scene. However at a cool £5million you’ll need to be a billionaire to shell out for this sparkly one-off piece…A cross between a luxury Faberge egg and the Damien Hirst skull, the Mirage is a unique gem that only the Simon Cowells and Richard Bransons of this world can afford.
The incredible ornament has more than 1,000 diamonds on its “shell”, worth £1.5million alone, 100 of which are a unique cut.
The jewel-encrusted egg then opens up to reveal an ornate globe which was hand-crafted in 18 carat gold. Within the globe, a rock crystal dove with a gold beak and gems for eyes, is perched on a lavish gold olive branch.
The diamond egg opens up to reveal a globewhich was crafted in 18 karat gold
The dove and olive branch were hand carved and were included as symbols of world peace.
Mirage has taken a whopping three years to make, with work carried out by elite craftsmen across three continents.
Manfred Wild, the main man responsible for Mirage’s design and assembly, has brought the creation to life.
Vashi Dominguez, jeweller to the stars and the diamond entrepreneur, is trying to persuade the mystery owner of this masterpiece to sell Mirage.
“Mirage is, quite simply, one of the finest jewels ever created,” said Dominguez. “The owner has said he has no intention of selling the wondrous piece, but if someone really wants it I can see if we can come to an agreement.”The diamonds alone are worth more than £1.5 million while labour costs were around the same.”At £5million, Mirage would cost the same price as a posh London home or 30 times the price of a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar.
If the average Brit saved their entire salary, it would take them 243 years before they could afford Mirage.However, Mr Dominguez believes the owner would end up wanting more.”The owner doesn’t need to sell Mirage, but it is all about one-upmanship in the world of the billionaire and money does talk.”Owning this special item would be a great coup for someone to whom money is no object.”
– By Salvatore Altieri, jeweler Italian