World’s most luxurious Christmas trees
Lately, a seven-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates unveiled the most expensive Christmas tree ever, valued at over $11 million, but later, when the critics said the publicity stunt was in bad taste, the hotel authorities issued an apology for its over-the-top bejeweled conifer. Back in 2008, we introduced you to some of the world’s most expensive Christmas trees and now, we are updating the list with some more luxurious Christmas trees. Hit the jump to see the world’s most luxurious and expensive Christmas trees to date.
1. The $11 million Christmas tree
The shimmering $11 million Christmas tree was unveiled lately at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. The tree stands 13 meters (43 feet) high, and is decorated with 181 pieces of diamond, pearl, emerald necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and ball-shaped ornaments, by courtesy of Style Gallery, a local jeweler. The tree itself is about 10,000 dollars.
2. The $1.8 million Christmas tree
Priced at $1.8 million, this diamond-covered Christmas tree adorned with 400 diamonds was seen at the Takashimaya department store chain in China last year. The tree was actually a small tower of preserved roses with a teddy bear. It stood 40 centimeters high and was festooned with around 100 carats of diamonds from southern Africa and Australia.
3. Soo Kee Jewellery’s Christmas tree
Priced at $1,005,000, this Christmas tree created by Soo Kee Jewellery was decked out with 21,798 diamonds totaling 913 carats, 3,762 crystal beads and 456 lights. Weighing in at over 7,000 pounds, the tree was nearly 20 feet tall.
4. Ginza Tanaka’s Gold Christmas Tree
Priced at $850,000, this Christmas tree was made in pure 24 carat, 21 kilogram gold. The golden tree emitted golden light to create a magical aura around it.
5. Steve Quick Jeweler’s Christmas tree
Priced at $500,000, this Christmas tree was created out of five pounds of solid 18K gold, with a 4.52 carat stone set in a platinum star that adorns its top. The glitzy tree flaunts diamond-briolette ornaments and a layer of 200 carats of diamonds, which form a shiny covering of snow.
6. Tiffany & Co Christmas Tree In Milan
This year, Tiffany & Co brought to the city of Milan the $450,000 Christmas tree, which is on display in the Piazzo Duomo. It is decorated with over 100,000 electric candles and ornaments designed especially by Tiffany & Co for the tree.
7. Queen Victoria Building Christmas tree
A giant Christmas tree is placed in the central atrium of the Queen Victoria Building every year. The Christmas tree is about 4 stories high and is covered in 15,000 Swarovski crystals, 40,000 lights, 8,000 baubles, 400 bows and 3,700 branches.
8. Christmas Tree at Berlin central station
Covered with 40,000 Swarovski crystals, this Christmas tree was displayed in Berlin’s Haupfbahnhof in 2006.
9. Swarovski-studded Christmas Tree from Hong Kong
Hong Kong, the city of nights, is all set to dazzle even more this holiday season with the stunning 30-meter-tall Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree embellished with over 20 million pieces of Swarovski crystals and more than 200 ornaments. The fountain set in front of this giant Christmas tree spouts water six meters straight up, for a splendorous effect. The sparkling tree will be on display for the public until January 2011.
10. Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
This year’s Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center has been illuminated with 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire and like always, it has been topped with a star made of 25,000 Swarovski crystals. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively was on hand to reveal the star. The 2010 Rockefeller Christmas tree is a 12-ton, 74-foot Norwegian spruce.
11. Christmas tree at Omotesando Hills
This luxury Christmas tree at Omotesando Hills, a large shopping complex in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, is a delight for bling thing lovers as it has been festooned with 250,000 Swarovski elements. The 8-meter-high tree is covered by luxury lighting and art of leading Japanese pastry chefs Hironobu Tsujiguchi and Toshi Yoroizuka.
12. Sofitel London St James’ Christmas tree
This Christmas, the luxury five star hotel Sofitel London St James has teamed up with Baccarat, the world finest crystal house, and Louis XIII, Grand-Champagne Cognac, to unveil its Noël celebrations. A highlight of the collaboration is a unique five meter-high Christmas tree adorned with 200 miniature bottles of Louis XIII. Each crystal bottle, handmade by Baccarat, is created by a minimum of five expert craftsmen and finished with 24 carat gold. With decorations costing more than £35,000, it is said to be the London’s most expensive Christmas tree.
13. John Galliano’s Under The Sea Christmas Tree
Designed by fashion designer John Galliano for Claridge’s, the “Under the Sea” Christmas tree is a seascape fantasia with silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jelly fish. The luxurious tree was unveiled at a dinner that was hosted by model Stella Tennant and CEO of Christian Dior, Sidney Toledano.