All that glitters…is a $20K iPad

When I saw this post over at The Register this morning, I couldn’t help but laugh, then sigh and shrug my shoulders:

If you’re an Apple fanboi with $19,999 burning a hole in your pocket, why not spend it onThe World’s First Diamond iPad?

Doing so would greatly please John Mervis, Digital Strategist for Mervis Diamond Importers, a third-generation family business in the Washington DC area. As Mervis told The Reg: “We’ve always been trying to get into the celebrity market, so we wanted to create something that’s really spectacular and unique” – such as an iPad encrusted with 11.43 carats of South African diamonds.

The opulently decadent device was inspired, Mervis told us, by the diamond-encrusted HP iPod that Sean “P.Diddy” Combs famously flashed at the MTV Video Music awards back in 2004. A diamond-encrusted iPad is the logical next step: “It’s just a matter of time before someone creates it, so I wanted to be the first to do it,” Mervis told us.

For the gemstone-literate among you, the diamonds are graded G/H in color and VS2/SI1 in clarity, and are hand-set in what Mervis Diamond Importers describes as “micro-pave styling”.

The $20K iPad doesn’t yet exist, of course – Apple’s more-plebeian offering isn’t slated for release until April 3. But, as Mervis explained, “If anyone buys it, we’ll make it”.

Ok…now I think I have seen everything….

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