Handbags that are valued in the tens of thousands are already quite a big shock for the average person, but not for the rich and famous. Allow us to blow your mind even further with a handbag that costs a staggering $3.8 million.
In 2011, the House of Mouawad revealed the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse, designed by Robert Mouawad and handcrafted by 10 artisans in over 8,800 hours. A heart-shaped purse that is a luxurious ornament inspired by an ancient Arab tale.
The House of Mouawad has a long history of watchmaking and jewelry design. The company was founded by David Mouawad who traveled to New York and Mexico to learn the craftsmanship of making accessories. He returned to Beirut and opened his store with projects commissioned by the wealthy. His son, Fayaz, moved the company to Saudi Arabia and benefited from the oil boom.
As jeweler to kings and the aristocracy, Fayez fashioned outstanding pieces and unique creations, often commemorating important state events. His son, Robert, took over the company, and recently Robert moved on to his own projects and left the company to his sons.
1,001 Nights, also known as Arabian Nights, is a compilation of Middle Eastern and South Asian folk tales that were first published together during the Islamic Golden Age. The stories — from historical tales to tragic romances to comedies — were gathered over several eras by a huge number of scholars and authors.
The most notable of the stories that are known worldwide include “Aladin and His Wonderful Lamp”, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” and “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor”. This particular piece draws most of its inspiration from “Scheherazade and her king”.
According to the tale, a king in ancient Persia found out that his wife had been cheating on him. In his anger and distress, he had his wife killed, vowing to marry a virgin every day and ordering her to be executed in the morning after the wedding night, so that there was no risk of his new wife betraying him.
He wedded and executed all the young women in the kingdom until his courtier’s daughter, Scheherazade, asked her father if she could wed the king. Her father, deeply worried about his daughter’s safety, tried to convince her against this, but she had a plan and insisted. Scheherazade was a beautiful, well-read and intelligent young woman who was a gifted storyteller, interlacing stories with spiritual and moral lessons for her listeners.
Following her marriage to the king, on their wedding night, she fascinated him with a story that went on late into the night, causing the king to allow her to stay alive in order to finish her story the following evening. The clever Scheherazade continued each night leaving the king on cliff-hangers waiting to see would happen next. Her powerful storytelling thus continued every night, until the king eventually let go of his fear of women, fell in love with the beautiful Scheherazade and made her his Queen.
Pascal Mouawad, the designer’s son and new head of the company with his siblings, said: 'Just as the tales of Scheherazade have captivated readers with their intricately woven plots of uninhibited passion and daring, The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is designed to mesmerise with its lavish attention to detail and elaborate workmanship incorporating thousands of diamonds.'
Fred Mouawad added: 'This breathtaking creation is a unique masterpiece. Not only is it one of a kind but it is also the world's most valuable, intensifying its power to enchant those who have the privilege of wearing it.'
For the billionaires who love blinged-up belongings and very luxurious accessories, this handbag is a must-have.
With enough sparkles to shine up in a dark and gloomy sky, the prized purse is an investment for the eccentric rich folk of our society, who are obsessed with rare accessories to add to their collection. Masters in the subject say the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is a very unique piece worth more than $3.8 million, and anyone with the money should invest. And although it doesn't accommodate every occasion, collectors believe this purse can be carried during very simple receptions or for more formal galas and red carpet situations.
Creating a jaw-dropping piece is not a new venture for the designer Mouawad. The jeweler was also in charge of designing the most expensive bra in the world — the $11 million Very Sexy Fantasy Bra that Heidi Klum revealed to the world in the 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The bra, covered by 2,800 sapphires, amethysts, and diamonds, glimmered like a subtle rainbow on the catwalk and weighed 2,200 carats.
The handbag masterpiece toured in shows in Hong Kong, Geneva, and London. No detail was overlooked, as even the display box is a beautiful work of art itself.
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