Broome jeweller Colin Burn and his business partner Nicole Gallus have designed an eye-catching piece estimated to be worth a cool $1 million – but only the bravest buyers would put it out on display.
Quietly and discreetly, the pair has been taking the international world by storm with their “jewels of passion” – a range of upscale sex toys studded with precious gems and South Sea pearls sold under the name “Scarlet Amour”.
Yesterday, the long-time friends unveiled the prototype for their most ambitious piece yet – the Pearl Royale, a diamond, sapphire and pearl-encrusted vibrator with a $1 million price tag.
Cast in solid platinum, the finished product will be embellished with more than 1000 white and pink diamonds, sapphires and pearls.
One of the pearls, used to control the device, can be detached and worn on a necklace.
While such products might make some people blush, Mr Burn stresses that they are designed for those with an interest in luxury products, erotica and art – not the tawdry end of the adult market.
“We’ve refused to let the products be spoiled by going down the path of adult stores, which can be tacky,” he said.
“People want to make sex dirty – and we’re going completely against the grain.”
The jewellery ranges from quirky pieces costing several hundred dollars – such as earrings which convert into nipple clamps – to sex toys costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Over several years, the business has built a considerable international client list but remains unknown in Australia.
The pair explained they had deliberately targeted the Japanese market first and found success there because of its taste for luxury goods and erotica.
The global financial crisis wiped out much of their market, but they then found clients in China after exhibiting at the Asia Adult Expo in Macau.
Now, they have their sights on Europe, in response to growing requests for their products from countries including Germany and The Netherlands.
They have also twice been asked to exhibit at the Kara Jewellery Fair at the Louvre in Paris, an exclusive, invite-only event featuring the top contemporary jewellery designers in the world.
“Our products are not just functional – they’re more pieces of jewellery art with a sexual edge,” Mr Burn said.
Next year, the pair hopes to take their products on an international tour to Asia London, Paris and New York – and hope to build enough buzz around their show-stopping pieces to secure more international buyers.
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