The main decoration of the New Year is the Christmas tree. It’s no wonder that not only simple toys are placed on it, but also quite precious things. Wishing to conquer the guests with luxury, the Christmas trees are cast from pure gold, they are hung up with bottles with unique spirits, decorated with diamonds.
For example, the London hotel Claridge’s has an interesting tradition. Here, each New Year for the creation of an exclusive main symbol of the festival refers to eminent designers. They should make an unusual tree, which would please the guests.
As a result, the festive atmosphere in the hotel is created by people like Callie Ellis, John Galliano and Albert Elbaz. Should be cooperation with famous fashion designers is not cheap, it is about tens of thousands of pounds sterling. But this is by no means the most expensive tree in history, some were spent much more impressive sums. As a result of such luxury, Santa Claus himself would be surprised. Christmas tree in precious stones.
The most expensive in the history of Christmas tree was installed in the premium hotel Emirates Palace, which in Abu Dhabi. It happened in 2010, and the cost of the holiday facility was 11 million dollars. The tree itself, though carefully selected, cost “only” a few thousand dollars. The main price was for Christmas decorations. When they were created, the owners did not stint on gold, diamonds, pearls, emeralds and sapphires. On the Christmas tree hung not only the richly decorated balls, but also jewelry – necklaces, bracelets and watches. It’s a bit strange, why with such luxury an idle New Year in a Muslim country. However, the matter is that the hotel administration is guided not by national traditions, but by the requests and tastes of well-off customers. The hotel also has an automatic machine that sells gold bars. The cost of accommodation for some guests includes the use of a private jet.
Golden Christmas tree.
Such a New Year symbol costs about 4.2 million dollars. I must say, the jeweler from Japan, Ginza Tanaka, quite regularly surprises the public with his thematic Christmas precious miracles. In 2007, he was created a golden Santa Claus, weighing 20 kilograms. The next year it was time to create a golden Christmas tree. Then it cost about 1.5 million dollars. But soon the master surpassed his own achievement. A new, heavier tree appeared in the jeweler’s store. This time it took 40 kilos of yellow metal to create a festive tree. In appearance this spruce resembles a multi-storey carousel. Only here there are no horses, their place was occupied by 50 figures of famous Disney characters. In addition to Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Pinocchio there is also Mickey Mouse. I must say that Tanaka is especially not indifferent to this little mouse – a golden copy of this cartoon hero was created several years ago.
Flower tree. Flowers can also be very expensive. It turns out that in order for a Christmas tree to cost a lot of money, it does not have to be high and decorated with gold. So, in 2007, a tiny Christmas tree was on sale in the Japanese trade network “Takasimaya”. However, only a millionaire could afford to buy it. The thing is that the French flower boutique Claude Quincaud took part in the design development. A small tree cost 1.8 million dollars. It consisted of several hundred small dried roses. On the petals of each of them lay diamonds, originally from Australia and South Africa. In total, the Christmas tree accommodated about 400 precious stones, total weight of 100 carats. Together with the Christmas tree, Teddy Bear was also offered, decorated with a diamond pendant. True, for some reason, there were no rich people wanting to buy such a cute Christmas set.
Despite the old tradition, today it is considered obsolete to hang toys on a Christmas tree. After all, where much better it will look diamonds.It was this logic guided by the masters from the Singapore jewelry house Soo Kee. They managed to create a diamond tree worth $ 1 million. To decorate the tree, 21,798 diamonds were used, with a total weight of 913 carats. Slender branches fit themselves 3762 crystal beads. And for the full illumination of this magnificence it took as many as 500 bulbs. The height of the New Year’s Beauty was six meters, and she weighed in the end three tons. The Christmas tree was installed in a large shopping center, it was guarded around the clock. Fortunately, those wishing to borrow expensive jewelry were never found.
Which tree is considered the most important tree in the US? Usually called the Christmas tree, which stands in the heart of New York on the Rockefeller Plaza. But another worthy competitor is fighting for this title: a spruce, installed near the Capitol building in Washington. The tree is grown in a nursery, and then taken to a government house sometimes across the country. The height of this forest beauty sometimes exceeds 20 meters. To decorate the giantess, thousands of light bulbs are used, which still need to be painstakingly fixed on thorny branches. As a result, transportation of a large spruce, its installation and clearance cost the state a million dollars. But the tree brings so much joy that this money does not pity anyone. Even the very solemn ceremony of lighting the lights itself is considered a small holiday.
Christmas tree from Swarovski.
Everyone knows who is the main specialist in rhinestones – this is the company Swarovski. To confirm its reputation, the manufacturer annually produces author’s Christmas trees. For the joy of the fans, these works of art shine with all the colors of the rainbow. The most famous and expensive was installed in 2010 in the center of Hong Kong. Creation of a thirty-meter cone cost 500 thousand dollars. On the verge of spruce, a pattern was made, composed of 20 million silver and gold Swarovski crystals. They were taken by special flight from Austria. I must say that this tree did not look particularly effective during the day, but in the evening and at night the illumination turned on. She made the tree very effective. Tourists even told that from a distance a radiant cone could even be mistaken for a skyscraper.
Charity Christmas tree.
Usually, Christmas trees bring only aesthetic benefits. American jeweler Steve Quick decided to change this concept. His Christmas tree is designed to carry and practical meaning. The Christmas tree cost in half a million dollars is created from 18-carat gold, it is covered with placer diamonds, representing crisp snow. At the top of such a festive object flaunts a platinum star with a diamond of 4.52 carats. A beautiful Christmas tree was in the shop window for a couple of weeks, and then the creator put it on sale at an eBay auction. The money collected as a result of the sale went to charitable purposes – to the fund of the American Society for the Fight against Cancer. The jeweler also took care of those who could not afford expensive purchase. Steve Quick created budget options – gold-plated and silver-plated small copies of a Christmas tree, worth $ 20 and $ 25 respectively.
Christmas tree from Tiffany.
Another famous jewelry brand also took part in the creation of the New Year tree. In Milan, most residents tend to leave the city during Christmas holidays, or out of the country. However, in 2010 something happened that caused many to change their habits and stay at home. The inhabitants of Milan argued their decision by the fact that a new city landmark appeared on the Piazza del Duomo. This is a Christmas tree, which was presented to the city by the jewelry company Tiffany & Co. The tree was decorated with ten thousand lanterns, and next to it was a jewelry store, decorated in the style of the most famous gentle-turquoise box. The construction of such a spruce cost the jewelers of 350 thousand euros. It is not known whether they managed to compensate for these funds through sales, especially since part of the funds went to charity.But there were clerics who expressed dissatisfaction with the participation of the commercial organization in the light traditions of the beloved Christian holiday.
Alcoholic Christmas tree.
In the luxurious London hotel Sofitel know that one of the most popular traditions in this festive season are abundant alcoholic libations. They are no less important than the exchange of gifts. In 2010 an unusual Christmas tree appeared in the lobby of the hotel. It was a structure of dark gray metal. On the tree there was no place for candles and festive balls, instead of them there were small bottles of Louis XIII cognac. They were created manually by the masters of the company Baccarat, which is considered one of the world’s leading manufacturers of crystal products. At the top of the tree is an exclusive blue chandelier. It cost such an unusual alcoholic tree of 35 thousand pounds. And the hotel guests had the opportunity to order a Christmas spa program, valued at 2,900 pounds. In addition to the procedures themselves, there was an original gift – a refined crystal decoration from Baccarat.