DIAMONDS FOR MICHELLE Obama: $30,000 FIRST LADY RING
Barack Obama to buy rare £20,000 gold ring for his wife to say ‘thanks for your support’
Michelle Obama is to receive this £20,000 thank you from her husband for her support during the election.
The Harmony ring is made of rhodium – the world’s most expensive metal –and encrusted with diamonds. It is being hastily made by Italian designer Giovanni Bosco in time for January’s inauguration ceremony.
Only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, mostly in South Africa, and as a result its price is typically around £5,000 an ounce.
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The stunning thank you ring is made by top Italian designer Giovanni Bosco, who are based at Valenza Po near Alessandria and who counts a select list of VIPS’s and celebrities as his clients.
Rhodium is one of the world’s most precious metals and as a result only about 25 tons are mined each year and as a result it’s price is higher than gold – typically being around £5000 an ounce.
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Several luxury items such as the world’s ‘Most Expensive Pen’ or ‘Most Expensive Board Game’ also contain rhodium while the Crown Jewels worn by the Queen are also rhodium plated.
A spokesman at Giovanni Bosco said: ‘Our American distributor has contacted us and has asked us to provide details on the Harmony ring.
‘It is our top of the range piece and made from rhodium and encrusted with diamonds.
‘Our agent in the United States was asked by Mr Barack Obama about the ring because he wants it as a thank you gift for his wife Michelle for her support the last two years.
‘We have a select number of clients both in the United States, Europe, Russia and the Middle East and our prices as a result reflect the wealth of our customers.
‘For obvious privacy reasons I cannot reveal the cost of the ring but bearing in mind it is made from rhodium or black gold and encrusted with diamonds you can be sure it will cost thousands of pounds.’