Neiman Marcus Gifts Include $1.9M Diamond Deal

Retailer out with annual luxury items
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 8, 2013 3:53 PM CDT
Neiman Marcus Gifts Include $1.9M Diamond Deal
Actor Brady White portrays Santa Claus as he looks at a 25-carat rough Forevermark diamond offered in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book Tuesday in Dallas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Need that one-of-a-kind stocking stuffer and have $1.9 million burning a hole in your pocket? Design your own diamond ring and travel to Africa to see where the stone came from. That's among the unique offerings for sale in the 87th edition of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, which was unveiled today in Dallas. Almost 40% of the more than 500 items for sale in the book cost less than $250 (cheapest: $12 mug), but it's the "fantasy gifts" that get everyone's attention. At $1.85 million, the "diamond experience" is this year's most expensive fantasy gift. For that sum, the buyer gets a 25-carat rough diamond from which to make a personalized ring with the help of jewelry designer Maria Canale. The package includes a trip to De Beers' headquarters in London and to Africa to trace the stone's origins.


  • Love the outdoors but think you'd love it even more while watching the Outdoor Channel? How about an outdoor entertainment system replete with a 201-inch television that rises out of the ground? It can be yours for $1.5 million (plus shipping and handling).
  • For the falconry enthusiast in your life, consider a $150,000 package that includes everything he or she would need for a leisurely afternoon hunting with hawks. Included is a gold-plated perch.
  • Design enthusiasts, drool at the thought of spending the night at architect Philip Johnson's Glass House, in Connecticut. An overnight stay runs $30,000.
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