World's most expensive belt goes on sale for £60,000

World's most expensive belt goes on sale for £60,000

November 2, 2019

Waist of money? World’s most expensive belt made from platinum and encrusted with diamonds goes on sale for an eye-watering £60,000

  • British designer Christopher Shellis is based in Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
  • He encrusted the accessory with 18 5.5-carat gold studs and 60 diamonds
  • It is also emblazoned with the Fleur-de-Lys inspired by the Elizabethan era style

The most expensive belt in the world has gone up for sale for an eye-watering £60,000.

British designer Christopher Shellis crafted the piece in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

It is made from solid platinum with 18 5.5-carat gold studs and 60 diamonds encrusted around the circumference.

British designer Christopher Shellis crafted the world’s most expensive belt at his company based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

The belt, which weighs 300 grams and is 30mm thick, is unisex, a universal size and is intended to be formal wear. 

It is also emblazoned with the Fleur-de-Lys that was inspired by the Elizabethan-era style.

The B in the centre of the emblem represents the designer’s company, House of Borgezie.

Chris, 53, said: ‘The Fleur-de-Lys is an inspiration of mine. It first appeared over 2,000 years ago but no one knows exactly where it came from.

‘It’s always been associated with power and royalty. It is all over Westminster Cathedral and the gates of Buckingham Palace.

‘It became popular around the time of Elizabeth I’s coronation in 1558.

‘I love the gallantry and style of that era which was a golden age for courtiers like Sir Walter Raleigh competing for the attention of the Queen.

The belt is made from solid platinum with gold studs and diamonds encrusted around the circumference. It is also emblazoned with the Fleur-de-Lys

‘It took three days to set and I’ve only made one so far but I’ll make more if there are orders.

‘It’s easier to sell a Ferrari than a family saloon car because there are always people who don’t think about the cost and buy something because they like it.

‘They spend £20,000 on a bottle for wine so £60,000 on a belt isn’t much for them.

‘It is so special and the diamonds are of perfect clarity. For 5.5 carat diamonds it is not that overpriced.

Mr Shellis has clients across the globe and even previously sold a pair of diamond encrusted shoes to Beyonce in 2015 for £200,000.

But he said that he hopes to release a cheaper version of the the belt that will be made of solid silver to make it more accessible to the wider public.  

He added: ‘My main market is in Europe in Italy, Austria and Switzerland and prestigious parts of the continent like the Cote d’Azur.

‘I also have quite a few clients in the States.

‘I want people to wear what I make so I’ll also release a solid silver belt worth £800.

‘The gold and platinum belt will last forever and could be handed down for generations.

‘It’s like the gold in Tutankhamun’s tomb and impervious to the elements.

‘It would be as good as new if it was dug up in 10,000 years.’ 

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