If you thought you’re the dazzle king because you’re car is decked out in Swarovski, then think again, since we have a new stunner to give you a head-on competition. At Tokyo Auto Salon 2010, a Honda Odyssey bedazzled with 70,000 carats of Kyoto Opal was introduced. Kyoto Opal is a new material created using gemstone synthesis technology developed by Kyocera, and it is based on the same Quartz grains as natural Opal. The cracking and chipping occurring in natural opal can be avoided by coloring Kyoto Opal artificially. Also, a diverse range of hues can be achieved, and a variety of cuts can be achieved as well.
The new coating technology from Honda Net Nara, a specialist in sheet metal coating and car customization, combines Kyocera’s Opal with Jewel Paint. The world’s first gemstone-coated car costs $90,000, and the companies aim to bring the cost down further.