Festooned with all manner of glitz and glamour, the Black Diamond iPhone 5 is a one-of-a-kind custom crafted smartphone from British designer Stuart Hughes, a man who is also responsible for customising past iPhone devices with real dinosaur bones and rock from meteorites.
Taking the mantle of ‘the world’s most expensive smartphone, the £10m iPhone 5 was commissioned by a Chinese businessman who already owned the hefty 26ct flawless black diamond that has replaced the handset’s customary home button and given the device its name.
Building around this showpiece focal point, Hughes has further added to the grandeur of the Black Diamond iPhone 5 with a solid, 24ct gold chassis that took the designer nine weeks to craft by hand.
If that wasn’t enough, 600 flawless white diamonds have been embedded in the frame of the handset, adding a little bling, whilst the iconic Apple logo has been recreated on the handset’s rear in solid gold and a further 53 precision cut diamonds.
Finishing off the device with an extra, albeit less noticeable flourish, Hughes has replaced the Apple smartphone’s standard glass touchscreen display with a crystal clear, expensive Sapphire glass offering.
Beneath the multi-million pound, slightly gaudy extravagance, the Black Diamond iPhone 5 features the same 4-inch Retina display panel, 64GB of internal storage, 8-megaixel rear-mounted camera and dual-core processor as its store bought siblings.
What we want to know, however, is what happens when the iPhone 6 release date rolls around and phone envy starts to kick in again?