Extravagant jewel-encrusted smartphones are nothing new, but Stuart Hughes, a longtime designer of aftermarket electronics, has bested all other offerings with his exclusive $15 million iPhone 5, believed to be the most expensive smartphone ever made.
The solid gold phone features a rare 26-carat deep-cut black diamond home button said to be worth $14.5 million. But the bling doesn’t end there. Six hundred white, flawless diamonds decorate the phone’s edges and 53 diamonds illuminate the Apple logo on the back.
Hughes is not a newcomer to gold Apple products. According to CNN, Hughes crafted a $9 million iPhone 4S in 2011 boasting 500 diamonds. But with this one, “it’s all about the rarity and value of the deep-cut, black diamond,” he told ABC News.
The phone was custom-made for a Hong Kong businessman, and took nine weeks to complete. The client had already owned the black diamond and decided to have it set into the iPhone after buying other items from Hughes.
For those who find the $15 million price tag a bit steep, Hughes also offers a 24-karat gold iPhone 5 that starts at just over $4,000. A rose-gold version is offered for $5,300. With these options, we’re guessing you’ll never again have to worry about colleagues having the same smartphone as you.
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