Dubai has seen its fair share of diamond-encrusted accessories and gold burgers. But in a first, even for the superlative city, a diamond-encrusted toilet was unveiled at The Amazing Museum & Art Gallery on Tuesday, January 28.
The toilet, introduced by Coronet Jewellery, a diamond jewellery manufacturer, and a division of Aaron Shum Jewellery of Hong Kong, is set with 40,815 diamonds totalling 334 carats and valued at $1.28 million (Dh4.70 million).
The diamond-encrusted toilet bowl was awarded a certificate of authenticity by Guinness World Records representatives for “the most number of diamonds set on a toilet bowl”.
“This diamond toilet is one of my favourite Guinness World Record products,” says Aaron Shum, president of Coronet Jewellery and The Amazing Museum & Art Gallery Dubai.
"The idea of the diamond toilet that comes from the lyrics of Andy Lau's Chinese song Toilet where he sings, 'Toilet is your friend'," Shum said. "This is also the brand philosophy of Coronet; we treat every customer as our friend and provide the sincere service to satisfy our customers. To establish this idea is very significant for me and the brand, and this is the reason why I thought the diamond toilet is a perfect addition to the museum."
The diamond toilet was first unveiled in Shanghai Import Expo, China, in 2019. It will stay in The Amazing Museum & Art Gallery for a temporary period, after which it will go around the world just like other Guinness World Record-breaking products by Coronet.
The company has previously been awarded 10 records for titles like the world's most valuable guitar ($2 million), most diamonds on a handbag, and for the most diamonds set on a mobile phone case.
Those worried about all those diamonds making the toilet a bit uncomfortable have no reason to worry though. Shum iterates that it is not a functioning piece but an artwork, and has never been used.
“The diamond toilet is not for sale because it is a meaningful artwork for me,” he adds. “However, if there is a demand for a diamond toilet, I might consider customising one for a customer.”
The toilet will be on display at the museum for a month.