Diamond-Inlaid Mastercard? 'I Like!'

Company readies lavish gold card for rich Kazakhstanis
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2008 7:50 PM CDT
Asked about the timing of the launch, a bank official said: %u201CThe [financial] crisis is also affecting us but we are talking about rich people, they can afford to have such cards."   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – MasterCard hopes that a worldwide recession won't stop shoppers from toting around a gold-encrusted, diamond-inlaid credit card, the Financial Times reports. Later this month, the company will issue VIP customers in Kazakhstan the "Diamond" card—which comes with a personal manager, is trimmed with gold, has a 0.02-carat gem in its center, and a credit limit of $50,000.

The bling is “only a design element” meant to “show status,” said the bank issuer, who will distribute just 1,000 pieces of the glittering plastic. Kazakhstan is flush with wealth from a boom in oil and minerals.