Quite possibly the most popular traditional board game in the West, Chess is a two player abstract strategy game that represents medieval warfare on an (usually) 8×8 board with alternating light and dark squares. But the world of opulence and bling has not spared this game too. Why not? Chess played on this Jewel Royale Chess Set can be a beautiful thing to watch! Valued at over £5 million ($9.8m USD), this single chess set is the most expensive and exquisite game set of any kind in the world. Constructed of gold and platinum, it contains diamonds, emeralds, rubies, pearls and sapphires. The set’s playing surface is made of yellow and white gold and set with diamonds. The corners are supported by a crystal ball with a gold centre post. Each ball is inlayed with a 16 carat yellow gold spiral of diamonds. The king piece alone is worth more than £100,000 and weighs 165.2 grams of 18 carat yellow gold and has a spiraling mid-section graced by 73 rubies and 146 diamonds. Interestingly, there will be a limited number of replica sets selling for about £20,000 ($40,000 USD). I don’t think I need to write anymore……the images will speak the rest.
This opulent yet intellectual game has left me totally speechless!