Anyone for tea? ….‘The Egoist’ ..

Designed and commissioned by Nirmal Sethia, the founder of the N Sethia Foundation and Newby Teas of London. This beauty is already in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive teapot in the world with a $3 million price tag.

Milanese jeweller Scavia made 18 karat gold teapot, covered in full with finest precious stones ..it features 1,658 brilliant cut D-E colour grade diamonds and 386 rubies. The jewel in the crown is a 20.70 karat natural ruby bead that tops the lid. It took Scavia team more than 6 months to complete the project.

Mr. Sethia named the teapot, the Egoist because it is a teapot for ONE. He created it to raise awareness globally “of the historic and cultural importance of tea, a magical refreshment that has lasted over millennia and is a part of the fabric of civilizations from the Tang Dynasty to the modern era.”

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2016/9/3-million-teaware-becomes-the-most-valuable-teapot-441023?fb_comment_id=379069088883336_380023428787902#f2ee4c2a908db36

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Traditional chinese jewellry, diancui点翠. photo by 动脉影.

These are old jewels in museums so they were made of kingfisher feathers during their times. In modern times kingfisher are animals under first-class state protection in china so diancui点翠 craftwork has been replaced by others such as shaolan烧蓝, dyed goose feather, particular blue paper and blue silk.