The most expensive iPhonesDale Davies ▼ | Monday July 23, 2012 4:05AM ET
Apple's iPhone is a great mobile phone but it can be even greater. Indeed, there are many apps that are very useful and classy but the real thing consists of three words: gold, platinum, diamonds. This is a fight between Stuart Hughes and Peter Aloisson, the masters of high-tech jewellery.
Let's start with the master Stuart Hughes. That gentleman is well-known to all fans of high-style gadgets and Goldstriker iPhone 4G Diamond Edition is an example of his fantastic work. For just $19,460 Mr. Hughes replaced the old-fashioned metal with diamonds and made Apple logo in platinum and diamonds. It comes with an ostrich-foot wallet, 32 GB of memory and is unlocked so you are not tied to any particular operator.
Another gem, literary and figuratively speaking, comes from Austria. Peter Aloisson is a jeweller who many credit as being the pioneer in blurring the lines between gadget, art and jewellery. iPhone Princess Plus got the name because of 138 Princess cut diamonds, while other 180 diamonds on the phone were brilliant-cut. All in all, 318 diamonds (17.75 carats), 18k white gold, and the price of $176,400. You can choose a cheaper version, "Brilliants only", for just $66,150.
Mr. Aloisson knows how to make the older iPhone 3G cool and classy too. So, he took it, removed all "cheap" stuff and used 138 brilliant-cut diamonds along the sides of the phone, and made the home button of a rare 6.6 carat white diamond. That beauty is known as Kings Button iPhone and costs $2.4 million.
That price is nice, but Mr. Hughes has the answer: iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition for $8 million. He has recreated the back plate and the antenna band that wraps around the sides of the iPhone using rose gold. The band is adorned with 100 carats of flawless diamonds, and the Apple logo is formed with 53 diamonds. Again, the home button is made of platinum and features a rare 7.4-carat pink diamond.
The phone comes in an imperial pink 7-kilogram chest cut from a single block of granite and lined with nubuck top-grain leather. It also comes with an 8-carat flawless diamond that can be used in place of the pink one. Cute. Only two of these expensive phones will be made.
To make impression even better, you need a stylish case, right? German company GnG has created the most expensive iPhone cases in the world. Their case features one millimetre thick subshell made with 140g of 18 carat gold, a carbon fiber inlay and about 200 diamonds. The outer frame has another 400 diamonds in the logo, which can be personalized. A very nice accessory for just $116,000. ■