The $20,000 diamond Shuffle

For those with unlimited resources and limited taste.

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There's a simple yet invariable rule for retail products: Whenever a well-designed creation comes on the market, it will be followed by a horribly overdone version from a competitor who doesn't know when to stop. (Or sometimes from the same manufacturer as the original.)

Case in point: While we certainly don't approve of gilding as a rule, the recently featured 18k Shuffle actually caught our fancy. Then today, we almost reflexively poked an eye out upon viewing an unfortunate little guy that not only was made of gold but also "caked with loads of glittery diamonds," according to Newlaunches, complete with matching earbuds.

The kicker is the price: $20,000. It's almost enough to give Swarovski a good name. (Actually, it isn't .)

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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