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Bite-Size News: This Week’s Previews

Every week The Sybarite collates its pick of the hottest luxury lifestyle news into bite-size chunks. In this week’s edition, we cover a £100,000 gold and topaz crystal bathtub, the world’s first year-round ice hotel, the sale of the Harrods Diamond and Lucid’s new electric car.

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Celia Sawyer unveils £100,000 bath masterpiece

Business woman and interior designer to the stars, Celia Sawyer, was commissioned by a client to create a bespoke piece of objet d’art for a bathroom. The eye-catching 24-carat gold tub is adorned with 250,000 clear and topaz crystals, making it a real show-stopper. The famous interior designer requested the services of award-winning designer Robert James Grace of Grace of London to plan, produce and create the one-off masterpiece alongside his team of British craftsmen.

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Year-Round Luxury Ice Hotel Opens In Sweden

The ICEHOTEL365 is located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200km north of the Arctic Circle and next to the shores of the Torne River. The first of its kind in the world, the luxury hotel will be open all year round thanks to solar-powered cooling technology during the summer months. In previous years, the hotel had been rebuilt every winter since 1989, using ice from a nearby river.
Guests can spend the night in a hand-sculpted suite made of ice ranging from 323-430 sqft. The deluxe suites even have their own private saunas.

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Harrods To Sell Giant Diamond From Store’s Vault

British department store Harrods is opening its vault for the sale of a nearly 230-carat diamond. Dubbed the Harrods Diamond, the stone was given a G class and a VS1 clarity marker by the Gemological Institute of America. Diamonds and coloured gemstones of such size and rarity are often put on the auction block rather than private sale, making the Harrods Diamond sale a first-come, first-served basis. Harrods said items from its safe deposit boxes almost never come up for sale. This is also the first time the diamond has been displayed. Stones of that size and class are rarely sold outside auction.

CTO Peter Rawlinson gives a presentation introduces the new Lucid Air, a luxury electric car, in Fremont on Wednesday. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, The Chronicle

Lucid Motors Unveils New Luxury Electric Car

The car, dubbed the Lucid Air, will have all the sensors and computing power necessary to drive itself. Inside, users can enjoy a wealth of legroom and each headlight is a narrow band of 10 individual LED lamps, each lamp packed with 4,870 tiny lenses inspired by a fly’s eyes. The lights pivot to follow the car’s path. The Lucid Air is expected to cost more than $100,000, with a special Launch Edition perhaps costing up to $160,000.

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