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The World's Most Expensive Handbag

Humans are innately fascinated with the rare and exotic. It's in our DNA to be drawn to something that is unattainable. Whenever we hear those three little words "the most expensive" our interest is instantly piqued. We like to look at lavish items and offer a few opinions about how ludicrous the notion is while secretly picturing ourselves parading the prize in front of our neighbors. For men, the image is often one that places them in the illusive position of alpha male. It is probably one that contains some fancy power tool or a huge boat. For women, we like to think of jewelry and fashion. So what would be the ultimate "most expensive" designer item for us ladies to own? The handbag. Women love designer handbags because they are both functional and fashionable, and an easy way to attract attention. While owning the most expensive designer purse would definitely be fashion-forward and sure to grab some attention, the functionality would probably decrease. But let's be honest, who cares?

So what is the world's most expensive purse? A question you are probably asking yourself right now, especially since most people have never seen it or even heard of the mastermind who created it. According to Guinness Book of World Records, the "1001 Nights Diamond Purse" by the Mouawad Company is certified as the world's most expensive handbag ever created. It is valued at a whopping $3.8 million! Normally, it is hard to find the value in uber expensive items because they possess a little "fluff" in the price, but not this time. The handbag is crafted from 18-carat gold and adorned by over 381 carats of diamonds. There is a grand total of 4,517 individual gems; 105 of which are yellow diamonds, 56 pink, and the remaining 4,516 are colorless. The glimmering bag took over four months and 1,100 hours to complete with ten artisans working on it.

The purse comes from the House of Mouawad, a Dubai-based fashion house that was established in 1890. The dazzling purse was a creation from Mouawad's co-guardian, Pascal Mouawad. When asked about the design he stated, "The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is designed to mesmerize with its lavish attention to detail and elaborate workmanship incorporating thousands of diamonds." I think it is safe to say that Mouawad accomplished his goal. This isn't Mouawad's first time designing such exquisite pieces. He is also known for his design of the Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Fantasy Bra, which is the world's most expensive bra. The dazzling undergarment was first displayed for the world in 2003 when Heidi Klum donned it for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York. Needless to say, Mouawad is a genius when it comes to designing with diamonds.

The "1001 Nights Diamond Purse" is the epitome of what we all long for in a "most expensive" item. It comes from an exotic place and is covered in diamonds. It is almost like a fairy tale in its own right. The heart shape is an exception to the ordinary and its diamond encrusted surface gives it a glamour that is unattainable by any other purse on the market. So who is the owner of this lust-worthy purse? No one. This probably doesn't come as much of a shock to most people considering the ultra premium price. It is currently taking trips to various museums and art exhibits. Since most of us can still only dream of owning a "most expensive" item, we may just have to take a trip to see it on display in all of its glamour and prestige.