June 24th, 2010
World Cup Merch We Love: Shimansky’s Diamond Football
Jewellery designer Yair Shimansky has produced a unique piece of World Cup memorabilia – a £1.6 million ($2.5 million) diamond-encrusted football. Made from 9,260 white and black round, brilliant-cut South African diamonds, the ball is worth 3,500 karats and weighs about 2.2 kilograms (4.8 pounds).
While crystal replicas of the ball are now in Shimansky stores – and will eventually be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting local charities – the luxury jewellery company is supposedly negotiating a sale of the ball to an unidentified European footy club as a 2010 commemorative display piece for their trophy cabinet.
What we want to know: which bling-obsessed footballer/club can you see wanting to own this ostentatious collector’s item?