21 Ultimate Gifts: Peace Sign
With the goal of creating the world’s most precious pen, artist David Montalto di Fragnito spent two years working with Italian writing instrument manufacturer Montegrappa to produce the Peace Pen. Measuring 6.6 inches long, the pen is made from lead crystal, platinum, and diamonds—a total of 1,259 stones that together weigh more than 48 carats. The facets of the eight-sided platinum barrel and cap are covered alternately in pavé diamonds and Baccarat crystal. A dove, the universal symbol of peace, is engraved on each of the four crystal sides of the pen and on its platinum nib. A crystal dove also sits atop the Baccarat crystal presentation casket, which measures 11 inches long and 7.5 inches wide and is shaped like a baguette-cut diamond.
The pen pictured here will remain with Montegrappa, but the company will accept a single commission from a Robb Report reader. The buyer will have the opportunity to personalize the pen by selecting the width of the nib, the engraving on the clip, and the carat weight of the diamonds. Montegrappa will fly the buyer and a guest to Venice for a two-night stay. During their sojourn, they will visit the Montegrappa headquarters in nearby Bassano del Grappa to take possession of the pen, tour the workshops and the corporate museum, and meet the people who created the Peace Pen. Montegrappa estimates that it will take at least six months to complete and deliver the pen.
Price: Starting at $1 million. Contact: 866.854.1674, www.montegrappa1912.com. Allow at least six months for delivery of the pen.
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