That’s rich! World’s most expensive abaya on show in Dubai

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An abaya, being touted as the world’s most valuable, will go on display in Dubai this March, reported The National on Tuesday.

Worth an estimated Dhs 65.1 million ($17,697,187.95), the bespoke piece has a rare red diamond as its centerpiece, only one in every hundred million diamonds found has this natural rouged hue.

The red diamond used is natural and has a value of $7.4 million, the stone has been independently appraised by Antwerp.

Red diamonds are found on average every 50 years but are generally too small to speak of.

Black and white diamonds will also adorn the abaya, the monochromatic set of stones has been hand stitched into place with 14-carat white gold thread.

The traditional garment with its luxurious twist was designed by British-born designer Debbie Wingham who has dressed the likes of Hollywood starlets Dita Von Teese, Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet.

Wingham was a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model, her creations have appeared on popular television shows such as Sex and the City, Desperate House Wives and Ugly Betty.

Last year Wingham debuted what is supposedly the world’s most expensive black dress, officially valued at $952,964.42. The deluxe dress boasted 25, two carat, flawless black diamonds arranged on the peplum and 25 additional diamonds framing the shoulders. White pointer diamonds, 1,500 of them, encrust the skirt of the gown.

The abaya can be seen at Raffles hotel in the city, on March 21.

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