For the Love of FIFA

FIFA_diamond-soccer-ballTGIFIFA – Thank Goodness It’s FIFA!

At 5:30 a.m. today, the hottest place to be in Seattle wasn’t one’s favorite local coffee shop. Instead, crowds gathered in brewpubs all over the city to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Yes, breakfast + beer + soccer! They came by car, bike, bus, and on foot. It is, after all, the largest sporting event in the world.

Soccer fans in Seattle show their pride by waving Sounders FC scarves, marching, face painting, and chanting. We hear fans in other parts of the world can be a lot more passionate. For us, the question is: how would a jewelry designer convey his enthusiasm for soccer… err, football? And the winning answer turned out to be: with 3500 carats of diamonds!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that is indeed a Diamond Soccer Ball. Designed by Yair Shimansky, this sparkling symbol of his devotion to the sport contains 6620 white and 2640 black, round brilliant cut South African diamonds. We may be slightly biased, but this has to be the most gorgeous and fitting souvenir of the coveted FIFA tournament. Now, how much do you think this baby costs?

Photo from SoccerLux Magazine