It's Time to Ditch Your Local Salon—Here are the Most Expensive Manicures in the World

Most Expensive Manicures

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Living an ultra-luxurious lifestyle allows you to experience the best of everything, from fast cars to summer beach houses to once-in-a-lifetime experiences. But the ability to indulge in the little things is also part of what makes the high life so sweet. While almost anyone can afford a manicure at a salon, only a few can afford some of the world’s most stratospherically priced manicures and polishes. Ahead we list six of the most expensive manicure services and bottles of polish ever made. Some of these are still available for purchase while others were such extravagant creations that only a few were ever produced. Cancel your salon appointment this weekend and get your nails done with some of these little luxuries:

Most Expensive Manicures
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Glitz & Glamicure: $25,000

In Southern California head over to Images Luxury Nail Lounge and try out any number of their specialty nail services, priced from $500 to $25,000. Guests can select any level of service, including the $500-$600 diamond-tipped Haute Couture Manicure, the $2,500-$10,000 Gold Rush Manicure (using the $130,000 Model’s Own Gold Rush Couture polish), or the $10,000-$25,000 Glitz & Glamicure, which includes closing the salon for a private service and an on-site jeweler to help you pick out the best gemstones and diamonds for your nail art.

Most Expensive Manicures
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Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby Encapsulation: $35,000

In 2005 celebrities, socialites and royalty were flocking to London’s Urban Retreat at Harrods to have Leighton Denny's Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby Encapsulation. The manicure service included nine carats of diamonds and gemstones, and was priced at a cool $35,000. At one point the manicure was so popular he had 175 people on his waitlist and Arab princesses would fly out to London specifically to have the Encapsulation by Denny.

Most Expensive Manicures
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The Iced Manicure: $51,000

Cherish Angula opened Cherish…Me in Dubai to offer the luxury-loving ladies of the area a beauty experience they couldn’t find anywhere else in the world. She created the Iced Manicure, a $51,000 service that covered the tips of the nails in 10 carats of white diamonds. The diamonds were also responsibly sourced and in compliance with the United Nations Resolution and Kimberly Process of Certification. The salon in Dubai is no longer open, but Angula and her team will now fly anywhere in the world to give their clients the famous Iced Manicure in the comfort of their own homes.

Most Expensive Manicures
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Model’s Own Gold Rush Couture Polish: $130,000

We love a good gold-toned polish, especially for special occasions, but nothing we own compares to Model’s Own Gold Rush Couture Polish. This bottle of nail polish rings in at $130,000 and was made from 24-karat gold leaf with a yellow gold and diamond-studded bottle. While the polish itself wasn’t particularly expensive, the bottle, which was covered in 1,100 diamonds, gave the lacquer its high price tag. At one point this was the world’s most expensive bottle of polish, but Azature has since stolen that title.

Most Expensive Manicures
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Azature Black Diamond Polish: $250,000

Jeweler and beauty brand Azature created Black Diamond Polish in 2012, a glittery lacquer that, surprisingly, doesn’t come in a fancy, gemstone-studded bottle. What makes this polish worth $250,000 a manicure is the 267 crushed up diamonds that were used to make it. Celebrities are fans of the mani, and stars ranging from Kelly Osborne to Jennifer Lopez have rocked it. The former got into a bit of trouble with fans when she bragged about the extravagant price, but she (sort of) apologized for it on Twitter. “Please forgive me for not regretting it,” she commented. “It made me feel like a queen!” Guess Kelly was #sorrynotsorry.

Most Expensive Manicures
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Azature White Diamond Polish: $1 Million

Apparently a $250,000 bottle of polish wasn't quite extravagant enough, so Azature decided to make a White Diamond polish a year later. This $1 million bottle of lacquer was made with 98 carats of crushed diamonds and covered in 1,400 hand-picked diamonds. Unfortunately, the polish is no longer available as it was a one-off made specially to raise money for charity, with proceeds going to Lupus LA. Toni Braxton, a supporter of the charity due to her own battle against the disease, wore the polish during a performance to help promote the cause.

Marissa Stempien

Marissa Stempien is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on travel, fashion, lifestyle, and culture. Her work has been featured in a number of print and online publications including ABC News, Popsugar, Huffington Post, JustLuxe, Luxury Living and CityGirlGoneMom. Marissa is an avid traveler and is always looking to visit somewhere new or unexplored. Her unique lifestyle has given way to her...(Read More)

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