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June 10, 2011 11:22 AM PDT

Camael Diamonds iPad

All that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it's diamonds.

(Credit: Camael Diamonds)

My iPad 2 is looking a little pale and shabby in comparison to the $1.2 million diamond-encrusted iPad from Camael Diamonds. The company calls it the world's most expensive iPad, and I'm not going to argue with that.

For do-it-yourselfers who want to bedazzle their own iPads, this only requires 1 kilo of 18 carat gold and 300 carats worth of perfect diamonds. Black diamonds grace the home button and Apple logo on the back. Just pop down to your local jeweler to pick up all the supplies you need.

Camael will happily customize your gazillion-dollar iPad with the gems of your choice. This is a smart way to go, as it would be horribly embarrassing to accidentally pick up someone else's look-alike diamond-slathered iPad at Starbucks.

Camael says it has already received inquiries about customizing its iPad offering. I'm not sure who is making those inquiries, but I don't think it's anyone I know. I'll ask around just to be sure. If it's you, please be sure to confess in the comments.

The Camael iPad joins a crowded field of luxury gadgets that includes a gold-plated Kindle, a Versace cell phone, and a diamond-covered iPhone. These may all be effective ways to flaunt your wealth in the face of tough economic times, but the diamond iPad trounces the competition when it comes to sheer garishness.

If $1.2 million is a little on the high side for your budget, you can always step down to the gold-plated iPad for just $146,000. What a bargain!

(Via Luxury Launches)

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by solitare_pax (5083 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:33 AM PDT
I'd take gold plating before diamonds...
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by SuperReviewer (37 comments ) June 13, 2011 8:41 AM PDT
Sad part is that, it still doesn't have flash.
8 people like this comment

by phynn78 (106 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:35 AM PDT
Well that's just fine, I was looking for something nice to give to my groomsmen...
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by james_welbes (300 comments ) June 10, 2011 12:30 PM PDT
that's amazing
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by shubh99 (4 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:38 AM PDT
I like the diamonds on the back and the home button, but the diamonds on the edges are just too much.
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by es573 (23 comments ) June 10, 2011 9:06 PM PDT
Absolutely, the rocks on the edges will add to much unwanted attention and will ruin the subtlety that the diamonds on the rest of the device offer. ;-D
4 people like this comment

by myles taylor (3147 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:47 AM PDT
Is that an iPad 1? If you're going to spend that much, at least make it an iPad 2. And it better be 3G and 64 GB!

You should just put the diamonds on the Apple and nothing else. Everything else is just overdoing it. And where would you be willing to take this thing without getting mugged and having it stolen. You'd tempt anyone with that thing.
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by Renegade Knight (7688 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:54 AM PDT
I think overdoing it is the entire point.
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by myles taylor (3147 comments ) June 10, 2011 12:06 PM PDT
Good point. :)
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by snigglepop (201 comments ) June 10, 2011 4:06 PM PDT
The ipad2 is the wrong shape. Regardless, I'm pretty confidant that when they decide the ipad is obsolete, they aren't just going to throw the diamonds away.
1 person likes this comment

by Yelonde (2110 comments ) June 10, 2011 12:19 PM PDT
Meanwhile, A child in a 3rd world country is playing in the mud right now. . .
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by snigglepop (201 comments ) June 10, 2011 4:09 PM PDT
Keep in mind, once they are done with this little publicity stunt, they'll just pluck the diamonds off and sell them elsewhere. All that was really wasted was a bit of someone's time attaching all the diamonds.

Admittedly, I think diamonds are a waste even in more conventional usage.
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by myles taylor (3147 comments ) June 10, 2011 8:04 PM PDT
...and is probably happier than whoever owns or will own this iPad.
2 people like this comment

by timileable (1 comment ) June 11, 2011 12:30 PM PDT
yeah......maybe they just don't care about that child.. after all the ipad seems more attractive than the child so what do you expect

by viper396 (1596 comments ) June 13, 2011 12:55 PM PDT
@Yelonde So what are -you- actually doing about it? ... and don't tell us trolling CNET reminding everyone that other people are poor is it. Because, that's just an excercise in futility.

by theyayarealiving (127 comments ) June 10, 2011 12:24 PM PDT
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by Scott_Garrison (121 comments ) June 10, 2011 1:10 PM PDT
You post that WAY too much.
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by danny02463 (7 comments ) June 10, 2011 7:02 PM PDT
@Scott But it's pretty necessery right?
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by gmoneyb (76 comments ) June 13, 2011 4:24 PM PDT
@danny02463

It is most def. necessary.
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by StephanC95 (1 comment ) June 10, 2011 12:31 PM PDT
I found one of these in a bar in northern California. I left it there. It was an iPad 1.
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by Rozencrantz14 (16 comments ) June 10, 2011 1:02 PM PDT
Bet if they used synthetics they could mass produce these for a fraction of the cost...
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by rikroberts (39 comments ) June 10, 2011 1:26 PM PDT
I would rather spend my money on a Bughatti Veyron
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by jomodrew (2 comments ) June 13, 2011 4:37 AM PDT
An Ipad wrapped it a Veyron. World's fastest and most expensive. I like it!
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by laptap123 (2 comments ) June 10, 2011 1:43 PM PDT
I just went by and customized my diamond encrusted iPad today! I'm super excited :D
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by spurs32 (230 comments ) June 10, 2011 2:57 PM PDT
Has Apple gone after these guys like they did with the kids selling iphone white kits?
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by schattenteufel (70 comments ) June 13, 2011 10:29 AM PDT
that kid was actually stealing from Apple & reselling the parts. Modding is ok, stealing, not so much.
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by alldaelong6 (41 comments ) June 10, 2011 3:11 PM PDT
in a hand basket
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by Jadefa (79 comments ) June 10, 2011 3:34 PM PDT
Only a Limousine Liberal would own such a gaudy monstrosity. That thing has Al Gore or Oprah written all over it.
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by d_v_d_a (1 comment ) June 10, 2011 5:54 PM PDT
Only a small-minded, simpleton would make such a comment.
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by MyTThor (35 comments ) June 10, 2011 8:43 PM PDT
Yep, not someone classy and understated like Donald Trump. Please. Stupidity knows no political bounds. Are you just sitting at home looking for tenuous connections to bash liberals? Go troll CNN.
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by Sopchick (1 comment ) June 10, 2011 3:53 PM PDT
I always thought Apple products were a little pricey, but this takes the cake....
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by johnswen (3 comments ) June 10, 2011 5:50 PM PDT
This is a story? Really? I thought more highly of cnet.
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by ravervanc3 (3 comments ) June 10, 2011 6:00 PM PDT
ROFL, Don't scratch your diamond coffee table when you set that down after your wrists break!
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by tsak6789 (17 comments ) June 10, 2011 6:44 PM PDT
Does anyone know how many kidneys I'll have to sell for one of these?
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by myles taylor (3147 comments ) June 10, 2011 8:08 PM PDT
Probably only one, if you find the right buyer.
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by Amy_Levine (1 comment ) June 10, 2011 7:40 PM PDT
Ah, American greed. ...oh wait (Camael Diamonds is based out of London)-- Ah, British Greed...
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by bigred1991 (16 comments ) June 10, 2011 11:04 PM PDT
You can buy it but you wont see the diamonds for the otter box on it lol
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by SeanA2 (2 comments ) June 11, 2011 5:03 AM PDT
What a waste of money! It goes to show the value of America these days... Trillions in debt and still dumb as hell!
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by brenster21 (30 comments ) June 12, 2011 6:24 AM PDT
scre w you cominist
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by photog_7 (105 comments ) June 13, 2011 6:58 AM PDT
Actually, your comment goes to show how some people try to make sweeping generalizations about 300,000,000 Americans based on the actions of one small business owner. I find your hatred of America's capitalistic democracy quite shallow. It's just a jewelry store getting free publicity from a publicity stunt. America is by far the most generous country on earth. The US government alone gives 56 percent of the World Food Program budget, and American private charities give 33.6 billion dollars in aid (annually) to foreign countries. Our system of government actually works, and gives Americans more freedom than anyone else in the world. Go live in China if you like Socialism so much. Don't forget to ask how freedom has been doing under Socialism and Communism. Yes we are trillions in debt. We will deal with it in next year's free elections. We actually have those here.
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by mclark12992 (25 comments ) June 13, 2011 11:55 AM PDT
Um, why don't you take a look at Amy_Levine's comment above before jumping to conclusions. A BRITISH company is manufacturing and marketing this iPad. Where in the story does it make any reference to Americans whatsoever? So, please, do some research before bashing the most powerful country in the world.
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by QA_Tester (3282 comments ) June 13, 2011 6:29 PM PDT
@brenster21

How's live in trailer park?

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