Soccer is a much-loved sport around the world, with hoards of devoted fans. So are diamonds. Enter Shimansky jewelry house, which has designed a $2.5 million dollar soccer ball, adorned with diamonds, to celebrate South Africa hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
So is this the world’s most expensive soccer ball? I think so (please add links and comment if I am wrong!). The bejeweled soccer ball took approximately 3 months to design, and is still in the process of being festooned with 6,620 white diamonds and 2,640 black diamonds for a grand total of 3,500 carats of genuine South African diamonds.
I do not recommend attempting to kick this soccer ball, not only would you be held responsible for the cost, it will weigh around 5 pounds.
It seems to be tailored to attract wealthy sports fans, especially those with a deep affinity for soccer. Shimansky has a charitable side as well, creating crystal replicas to be auctioned off for charity.
It seems that the jeweler has been hit by sports fever, as they have also crafted a 9.3-carat World Cup ring worth around $16,000, and a pair of commemorative World Cup cufflinks in silver for a more modest $129.
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