Thursday, May 24, 2012

The UberLuxury Statement of the Decade? (Autoblog)

Gemballa debuts real diamond finish for cars

Posted May 24th 2012 4:29PM

MatteMirrored chromeGold-plated. Fit for peasants. Diamonds though? That'll show them who's rich.

Yes, you can now add the precious gems to the growing list of ostentatious and extravagant finishes being applied to cars these days. Longtime Porsche tuner Gemballa has announced a new automotive finish that literally uses diamonds to create its million-dollar sparkle.

The German-based company claims its new diamond finish is the first of its kind to ever use the actual gem rather than other reflective ingredients like metal pigments, glass fragments or crystals. The trick was grinding the diamonds down to a size small enough that they could be applied like paint, which Gemballa says also helps increase the refractive qualities of its shine.

There's no mention of price or other specifics like how many precious stones are sacrificed per gallon of twinkle juice, but you can imagine as well as we can what kind of premium it will command. With any luck,Justin Bieber can't afford it.

Hit the jump to read the company's official statement.

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