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Expensive Christmas Wreath

The World's Most Expensive Wreath Can Be Yours For $4.6 Million

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In case you aren't feeling broke like the rest of us during the holiday gift-buying season, luxury goods website VeryFirstTo.com is offering the ultimate Christmas decoration: a jewel-studded wreath worth $4,645,800. Made to order (yes, the company is expecting multiple buyers), it's encrusted with more than 40 rubies and diamonds totaling a whopping 138.8 carats of bling. The stones include a 17.49-carat vivid red ruby and a 3.03-carat fancy yellow diamond. After the garlands wilt and the carcass of the Christmas goose has long been cleared away, you can remove the jewels to seriously impress your neighbors again next year with another wreath or have the stones made into a custom piece of jewelry. Because everybody needs a little pick-me-up treat after all that holiday stress, right?

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The floral and greenery base of the rather traditional-looking wreath is made of hellebore flowers; hedera berries; and laurus, lingonberry, and blueberry stems, as well as what the website promises are "hand-curled" eucalyptus leaves. For that price, we're imagining that magical elves' fingers and maybe a forest fairy or two did the curling. The flower head of one of the hellebores is stuffed with 22 loose diamonds — let's hope nobody sneezes. Finnish floral designer Pasi Jokinen-Carter, who is the director of Scandinavian florist Flor Unikon Flowers in London, designed the wreath. Jokinen-Carter has reportedly created arrangements for European royals, CEOs, designers, and film and television production companies, so presumably VeryFirstTo.com will be hitting up his Rolodex for potential buyers.

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Personally, I like to purchase my wreath from the stand outside our local park: the money benefits the Boy Scouts, and it makes me feel good to donate a little something at Christmastime. But whoever buys this wreath will also be giving a little something (emphasis on little). For each one sold, a donation of $1,600 will go to the Prince's Trust, a British charity for disadvantaged youth — that's 0.03 percent of the cost. I guess they were sticking with the old saying, "It's the thought that counts."

— Sarah B. Weir

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