Ah, Christmas decorations! Whenever you see sparkling baubles, wreaths, tinsel and lights it really helps to get you in a cheery holiday mood. Although most people’s Christmas decoration collection is quite modest yet beautiful, have you ever thought about what the most ridiculously rich people in the world like to decorate with?
What is the most expensive Christmas tree decoration to ever be made? The record was made by Hallmark Jewellers when they released a special Christmas tree bauble that cost as much as an average sized home in a small town.
The Christmas bauble was made with 1,578 diamonds and is crafted from 18 carat white gold. However, that’s not all. It is also decorated with two red rings that are studded with 118 rubies. This incredible decoration is valued at $130,000 or £82,000. It took over a year to make and it took jewellers over 130 hours just to set the gems. It was the idea of Mark Hussy, who is the owner of the Hallmark Jewellery business. Before this one, the previous world record for the most expensive bauble, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, was £26,874.
This ridiculously valuable decoration is displayed within its own handmade wooden box and custom-made stand. It is so precious that it is kept within a steel-framed cage surrounded by 6mm thick and nearly impenetrable laminated glass. If anyone attempts to break into the glass, they will disturb a high tech “bubble” made from microwaves which will trigger an alarm. The extra highly sensitive internal alarm will even fill the shop with a cloud of thick smoke if someone is trying to steal this precious bauble.
The one of a kind work of art is out of the budget of anyone except for billionaires, as who else could afford to spend so much money on a pretty decoration. Luckily, there are many more affordable ornaments that are still very beautiful on websites such as http://www.christmasornaments.com. These lovely designs are a realistic way for the rest of us to decorate a beautiful tree.
So now we know about the world’s most expensive Christmas decoration, but what about the most expensive Christmas tree in the world?
Currently, the most expensive Christmas tree in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records was erected at a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi in 2010. Instead of strands of popcorn and tinsel, the tree was decorated with precious stones, diamond baubles and sparkling lights. In total, the tree and all of its decorations is thought to be worth $11 million (£7 million).
The jewellery, watches, necklaces and earrings decorating the tree were supplied by Khalifa Khouri, the owner of the Style Gallery. The tree held 181 gems in total, including sapphires, emeralds, pearls and diamonds.
The tree was on display at the Emirates Palace hotel, a gorgeous 302 room hotel that is well known for it’s out of this world luxury. It is monitored by 24/7 security, with four security guards monitoring the space at all times and a number of security cameras watching as well.
The ridiculously expensive tree is one of many publicity stunts for the hotel. It has also been in the news for offering a $1 million Valentine’s Day package an installing the world’s first gold vending machine.
The previous record for the most expensive tree was established in Japan in 2008. The Ginza Tanaka jewellery shop in Osaka created a tree that was made of 24k gold. It decorated with over 240 jewels including strings of pearls and diamond baubles. It weighs in at over 21 kilograms and it is worth over £1 million. This tree was also created as a publicity stunt for the jewellers and it earned them a lot of press.
Although it is a lot of fun to think about the world’s most expensive and luxurious Christmas decorations, when it comes down to it that isn’t what Christmas is all about. It doesn’t really matter if the glittering baubles on your tree cost £2 or £20 or £200, as long as the people who are sitting around the tree opening presents are happy. No matter how much money you spend on Christmas, the most important thing will always be family and love – which is something that money cannot buy!
George Torres is a freelance writer and blogger. He loves Christmas and enjoys decorating the tree with his family, even though none of his ornaments are worth millions.