Christ­mas tree worth its weight in gold

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

WANT to im­press the kids this Christ­mas? A Tokyo re­tailer has just the thing – if you’ve got about US$2 mil­lion to spare.

Jew­eller Ginza Tanaka is go­ing all out this sea­son with a 2-me­tre (6.6-foot) Christ­mas tree made with pure gold wire that’s as fine as an­gel hair pasta.

The shop in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district says the 19-kilo­gram (42-pound) tree is made up of more than 1200 me­tres (3950 feet) of gold wire.

“The wire is made of the finest gold which has a 99.999 per­cent pu­rity level,” Ginza Tanaka store man­ager Takahiro Ito said.

Ito said the tree was made by the jew­eller’s in-house ar­ti­sans.

The price tag? A cool 200 mil­lion yen ($1.8 mil­lion).

While it may be a stretch find­ing a buyer, Ito said he hoped the op­u­lent dis­play would show off Ja­pan’s world­fa­mous craft­man­ship.

“We want them to see our great tech­nique and crafts­man­ship, and the glit­ter­ing beauty of gold,” he said.

Photo: AFP

A Ginza Tanaka em­ployee shows off a Christ­mas tree made with 19 kilo­grams of pure gold wires at the Ginza Tanaka store in Tokyo on Novem­ber 22.

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