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All that glitters…is a $20K iPad

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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….

A 15-year veteran of the tech wars, Amy is a gadgetgrrl from way back. Amy is started with the her first PDA, a Palm Pilot III all the way through her current sidearm, a T-Mobile G1. She suffers technolust like any good gadgetgrrl, but its always tempers with whether it will match her shoes and handbag. She bounces from one device to another. She is an OS agnostic-- liking them all for different reasons. She has seen it all and wants to see more.

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