Astronomically Expensive Wedding Rings Are Made from Space Gold

Space Gold, as we all know, is the rarest and most-expensive form of precious metal known to ma—wait, whaddya mean it's just regular gold that's been shot into space? And they want how much?!?!

$17,000 per pair. To be fair, these are ultra-limited edition bands—only fifty pair will be produced. The Space Wedding Rings are designed and crafted by the Spacewed company and recently debuted at the Dubai International Jewelry Week. In addition to the wedding bands, 50 separate, smaller Space Rings will also retail for $12,000 a pop.

So what makes this gold so special, so space-y? It was launched into suborbital space aboard a sounding rocket from Spaceport America on May 20, 2011. I guess 15 minutes of weightlessness and a healthy dose of radiation makes these worth six months pay? I'd almost rather spend $17,000 on a suborbital sounding rocket ride for myself. [SpaceWed via Born Rich]


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