Rolls-Royce Crushed 1,000 Diamonds to Paint This Car

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Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 6, 2017

Think Rolls-Royce, and you'll either think of a car built from nothing but the best materials, or a car that gives a new meaning to excess. With a new paint made from diamonds, those perceptions are likely to remain intact.

Rolls-Royce announced Monday it has painted one Ghost model using 1,000 crushed diamonds. Called "Diamond Stardust," it's a first for any automaker, according to the company. The unnamed-but-insanely-wealthy customer is allowing the car to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

The company says it created the paint from 1,000 "ethically-sourced" diamonds that were subjected to a rigorous inspection to test for radiance before they were crushed into a fine powder that was mixed into the paint. Rolls-Royce's paint shop then applied an extra layer of lacquer than is normal for the Ghost, the company said.

This particular car is meant to showcase the "Bespoke" process that Rolls-Royce offers to its customers, which allows them to customize their car depending on certain paint or upholstery tastes. After all, if you're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a car, you'd like it to be a little more special than the one that's parked on a dealership lot. Now, how long until someone orders a Wraith with upholstery made from shredded $100 bills?

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, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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