The Egoist Teapot is the perfect example yet of the endless love British have for a cuppa. This exquisite kettle is already in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive teapot in the world with a $3 million price tag. Unveiled recently at Mosiman’s restaurant in Belgravia, it was designed and commissioned by Nirmal Sethia, the founder of the N Sethia Foundation and Newby Teas of London.
Milanese jeweler Scavia made 18 karat gold teapot, covered in full with finest precious stones one can buy, features 1,658 brilliant cut D-E color grade diamonds and 386 rubies. The jewel in the crown is a 20.70 karat natural ruby bead that tops the lid. Mr. Sethia described the stunning 6.67 karat Thai ruby on the side as shining “like sun of Southeast Asia”. The teapot handle is in fossil mammoth ivory. It took Scavia team more than 6 months to complete the project.
There is a bit of a Fabergé egg feel to it – design wise. Mr. Sethia named the teapot, the Egoist because it is a teapot for ONE. He created it to raise awareness globally “of the historic and cultural importance of tea, a magical refreshment that has lasted over millennia and is a part of the fabric of civilizations from the Tang Dynasty to the modern era.”
The Egoist Teapot is now part of The Chitra Collection – founded in memory of his late wife Chitra. In Mr. Sethia’s words “I could not build the Taj Mahal for her so I started this collection in her name”.
The collection is devoted to all things tea and has a collection of over 1,700 rare teapots and related items – historic as well as modern. Pieces include Lord Nelson’s silver teapot, a silver tea set belonged to Winston Churchill’s daughter, Lady Mary Soames, a 1,000-year-old Chinese Song Dynasty set and a hand-painted service which Louis XVIII paid 10,000 francs for in 1816. Currently a private collection, there are plans to open it to the public in 2017. The Chitra Collection now worth at least £160 million (about $212 million).
It is easy to see how proud Mr. Sethi is about his unique creation. He added “this is a revival of the tea culture with proper grandeur. In 5,000 years no one has done anything like this. They did make gold or silver teapots in the past but nobody thought of adding diamonds.”
The Egoist Teapot is not just for show. To grand open, Mr. Sethia had already brewed some tea in it. He didn’t just put a packet of Earl Grey and hot water. For the occasion, he went for the best, a rare Muscari tea from his Newby Teas of London. The tea connoisseur has been in business for a long time and he knows all the best teas in the world.
Source: The Jewellery Editor