Nothing captures the generous spirit of the holiday season quite like a $15 million Christmas tree dripping with diamonds and designer decor.
The ostentatious, 19-foot tree at the Kempinski Hotel Bahia in Marbella, Spain, is adorned with ornate ornaments arguably worth more than your life and mine, combined.
Sure, upon first glance it looks like any ordinary tree. Look closer.
Just one precious ornament — a $5.5 million red oval diamond — could buy a lifetime of clean water for about 385,000 villagers in Tanzania, according to Innovation: Africa.
Designer Debbie Wingham, 37, thinks her opulent fir will be crowned the “world’s most expensive Christmas tree,” proudly claiming she’s outdone the record held by Abu Dhabi’s the Emirates Palace Hotel for their $11.4 million tree in 2010.
The pretentious tree’s sparklers include over 500 pieces handcrafted with luxury materials from top designers such as Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bvlgari and Chanel.
Wingham brought the lavish scene to life — hanging diamond and sapphire encrusted nutcrackers; tchotchkes covered in luxury furs, leathers and some 3,000 Swarovski crystal-bedazzled ostrich eggs with gold-leaf and diamond dust.
“Panic set in when I first saw the size of the tree … they used a crane to get it in the building,” Wingham told SWNS. “When I hung the last ornament the feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming.”
The self-proclaimed “world’s most expensive designer” enlisted the help of one of fashion’s most notable kin, Alexander McQueen’s nephew Gary James McQueen.
The textile designer worked with Wingham to create a custom digital print for one ornament: 24-karat gold embossed $1 million and $100,000 bills.
Despite the fake mint, the knick-knack is reportedly worth $1.3 million.
“It was wonderful to get the support of fellow artisan friends on this project, every part of the tree had to be custom-made,” said Wingham.
So, what else could you buy with ornaments from this over-the-top topiary?