Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but a girl will never become a woman if she doesn’t have the right handbag. Long gone are the days wherein bags were carried out of functionality. These days, women carry around handbags to make a fashion statement. What better way to make a statement than carrying around an expensive handbag while going doing, well, just errands. Here are the top 5 list of the most expensive purses and their eye-popping price tags.
While some women would settle for a Louis Vuitton or a Chanel handbag, there are some who would definitely go the extra mile just to lug around the most expensive handbag there is. If you are one of those, a handmade rose bag by Hungarian designer, Judith Leiber, might be for you. Leiber’s Precious Rose Bag is a delicate rose-shaped purse completely made out of jewels including 1,196 sapphires, and 1,106 diamonds, which totals at 42 carats and 800 tourmalines. Unfortunately, there was only one piece made, which sold at $92,000.
Hermes Crocodile Birkin Bag
A handbag which made headlines in the past would be the Hermes Crocodile Birkin Bag, which sold at an auction for $221,586. Named after the popular British actor and singer, Jane Birkin, women can get a lower grade version of the Birkin for $5,000. Another oddly shaped handbag was sold for $134,000. The Louis Vuitton Kusama Pumpkin Minaudiere Bag is one of the wonderful creations produced by a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It is made out of pure gold and there are only 5 limited pieces.
We can only imagine women all around the world gasping for air with bulging eyes when Chanel launched the Diamond Forever Bag, which held 334 diamonds. The body is made from alligator skin, the strap touts with 18 carats while gold. However, Chanel only produced 13 pieces of the bag, which sold at $250,000 each. Fortunately, there is another Chanel handbag that most women can buy at $18,000 dollars. The classic black flap bag by Chanel is available at Chanel boutiques.
Hermes Rose Gold/ Diamond Birkin Bag
Hermes makes headlines once again when they released the Hermes Rose Gold/Diamond Birkin Bag. There are two kinds, with the crocodile Diamond Birkin has a knitted chain handle covered with 11,000 diamonds. The Rose Gold Birkin has a scaly crocodile-like body covered with 1,160 diamonds. Most women would be happy with the $5,000 version of the Birkin bag, and would call it as one of their most prized possessions, but apparently, Hermes does not stop. Another Birkin bag makes the list with the price tag of $1.9 million, which is also the price of the Rose Gold/Diamond Birkin bag. This Birkin bag, designed by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka for Hermes, has a body completely made from platinum and is covered with 2,000 diamonds. There is also an 8-carat pear-shaped diamond at the center, which, along with the detachable diamond-studded strap, can be worn as jewellery.
Give a girl a diamond and you’re sure to win her heart. Give her a heart-shaped, diamond encrusted purse, be sure to be there to catch your girl when she faints. The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is the world’s most expensive purses for several years. The bag is made from 18 carat gold, covered in 4,356 colorless diamonds, 105 yellow diamonds, and 56 pink diamonds, totalling at 4,571 diamonds weighing 382 carats. The price tag of this makes it one of the most expensive purses ever made at a heart-stopping $3.8 million, which was reportedly made by 10 professional craftsmen over a span of 9,000 hours.
Ordinary folks can only dream of seeing these expensive handbags in person, but some of these handbags made it to red carpets on the arms of celebrities. No matter what kind of handbag a woman owns, may it be an old, no name handbag passed on to her by her mother, or a classic Louis Vuitton, Chanel, or a version of Hermes’ Birkin, confidence will always be the best fashion accessory a woman can have.