What makes Christmas merry? A Christmas tree, baubles, good music and fine cognac. It seems there's no need to spend a fortune on that but if you like our choice you will need $4.5 million.
I Believe in Father ChristmasStaff writer ▼ | Friday November 23, 2012 5:01PM ET
Ginza Tanaka, the famous Tokyo jeweler (we wrote about it here), made a beautiful Christmas tree. Ten masters worked two months to make a $4.2 million pure gold revolving Christmas tree. The tree is made of 48 kilograms of gold, it is 2.4 meter tall, and has a diameter of 1.2 meters. It's decorated with gold plate silhouette cutouts of 50 popular Disney characters and beautifully embellished with gold-leaf made ribbons. The price is absolutely OK for such a beautiful tree. There is also a smaller version with 20 Disney characters for just $243,000. You can also take a look at a 41-centimeter high Santa Claus made from 20 kilograms of gold.
When you buy a Christmas tree, you need Christmas baubles, right? Well, Ginza Tanaka's tree would be happy with Hallmark Jewelers baubles. The price tag is $136,000 per bauble but the design is fantastic. A unique tree decoration is made of 18-carat white gold, plastered with more than 1,500 stunning diamonds, and it's surrounded by two beautiful rings made of 18-carat gold wire. There's more: 188 red rubies that took a year to complete the designing and manufacturing. Mark Hussey, the owner of the shop made a fantastic job with his masters and made probably the most beautiful gift of the season.
A nice gift for your junior in any situation is something related to music. This season "The Must" title goes to Dr. Dre Beats Studio headphones plated with 24 carat gold by Crystal Rocked. These headphones are packed in a walnut box, serial number is engraved, and every buyer has its own customer number. That truly unique piece of music equipment features Beats Studio high definition powered isolation, has a 1.3 meters long cable and can be easily fit in any phone. There are only 50 of them and ten are reserved for Harrods in London. That pleasure with two years of warranty is worth $2,500.
When all is said and done it's time for you to buy something for yourself. We recommend Pierre Frapin Cuvee 1888 Grand Cru Cognac. That fine drink will at the Bonhams Fine & Rare Wine sale at London's New Bond Street on December 6th. Estimated price is $3,800 - $4,800 but experience teaches us that the price can be double at the end of the auction. What you will get? An engraved crystal decanter, stopper and decorative spiral in 24 carat gold; wooden presentation cabinet with drawer containing booklet and gold-plated replica fob watch. The decorative bottle honors the brand's founder Pierre Frapin who back in 1888 selected the Cuvee and won the Gold Medal at the 1889 Exhibition Universelle in Paris. ■