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Jamie Chua continues to make Hermès fans “stand still” when cleverly showing off his collection of up to 4 Birkin handbags made from expensive white crocodile skin.
Jamie Chua claims the title of “queen of Hermès” with 4 extremely rare Himalayan bags
Jamie Chua is no longer a strange name to Hermès brand lovers because this woman owns a huge collection of nearly 200 different Hermès bags. It is estimated that a Hermès Birkin bag is worth between $9,000 and $500,000 depending on the model. Therefore, with this number of bags, Jamie Chua’s net worth is said to be more than star Victoria Beckham, the Kardashian family, and the Ecclestone family combined!
But perhaps no number can accurately value Jamie Chua’s collection, as she not only owns many Hermès bags but also collects rare models the number of people who own them is counted on her fingers.
Jamie Chua once again asserted herself as the true “Queen of Hermès” when posting a set of four Hermès bags made from Himalayan white crocodile skin. Products that Jamie Chua owns include three Birkin models and one Kelly model.
Four Hermès bags made from Himalayan white crocodile skin is an impressive number because they are extremely rare items. Besides the expensive price, the handbags made from white crocodile skin are not widely sold by Hermès in the market and are only sold to a limited number of VVIP customers.
This handbag is said to have first shipped from Hermès in 2008. At that time, very few people knew about it. However, in 2010, when Jean Paul Gaultier turned it into an accessory that adorned his Spring/Summer catwalk, it immediately became Hermès’ most sought-after product.
In the list of expensive, rare, and sought-after bags by Hermès collectors, there is always the presence of products made from white Himalayan crocodile skin.
First, let’s decipher: Although the name is Himalaya, this is not the origin of the bag. Himalaya refers to a subtle gradation on the product, from smoky gray to pearl white resembling the majestic Himalayas covered with snow.
Second, also would like to correct this: The product is made from Nile crocodile skin, but not an albino crocodile. Many sources claim that the bag is white because it is made from pale albino crocodile skin. In fact, the product is hand-dyed to simulate the color of the majestic mountains. However, the dyeing process is still extremely elaborate because the lighter the color, the longer it takes to perform. The artisans must first bleach the original crocodile skin color before hand coloring.
After that, this bag is always coordinated with palladium accessories. In addition, the most expensive model (pictured above) is set with more than 200 baby diamonds weighing a total of 8.2 carats.
Due to the complex and laborious process, Hermès produces a very small number of Himalayan bags. It’s not clear what the factory price was, but the handover price at auctions was $90,000 for the smallest design; and over $300,000 for the diamond-set model. When owning a bag, its owner has to pay more insurance-related costs, bringing the price up to about 432,000 USD (nearly 10 billion VND). Therefore, this bag both represents the owner’s social status and demonstrates the character’s feat of collecting rare items.
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