More diamonds, sir? Rolls-Royce displays ultimate bespoke craftsmanship

Published: 07 March 2017

► Ghost Elegance finished in ground-diamond paint
► Spring/Summer 2017-colour Dawn convertibles
► Wraith Black Badge also on show

Getting on to the Rolls Royce stand at the Geneva Motor Show always requires sufficient personal gravitas and the right kind of shoes.

But at the 2017 event, the Goodwood-based manufacturer is redefining exclusive with a showcase of its bespoke operations – including a Ghost finished with paint containing 1000 ground diamonds.

Unsurprisingly, this comes at an eye-watering cost…

Sorry, say that again. Paint? Made out of diamonds?

Appropriately named Diamond Stardust, the finish was commissioned for one customer and involved 1000 ethically-sourced diamonds going through a special process, which took a three-strong team of engineers two months to develop.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Elegance with Diamond Stardust paint at Geneva 2017

Undetectable to the touch, an extra layer of lacquer and an additional three days of paint application and finishing were required to complete the job onthe production line.

There’s no official word on the price, but we bumped into a source who may or may not have been the man who devised the paint for Rolls-Royce – he was a bit cagey – who eventually suggested that it set back its owner a cool £250,000.

That’s on top of the cost of the car.

What else is on the Rolls-Royce stand at Geneva?

Last year’s Wraith Black Badge, as engineered by Royce’s Bespoke outfit.  Plus the ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’ display (below), which features three examples wearing the Spring/Summer colours, to complement your own wardrobe of course.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Inspired by Fashion at Geneva 2017

But generating the most interest will be the Ghost, and its paintwork containing the equivalent of 1000 shattered marriage proposals.

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By Matt Joy

Former associate editor of CAR magazine