Exotics are no longer a rare breed in the handbag world; most major design houses have an upper echelon of purses made from exotic, and sometimes rare, skins. Whether crocodile or alligator, lizard, ostrich, or python, these bags are highly sought after and command higher prices than their leather counterparts.
A rare Himalayan crocodile Hermès Birkin with white gold detailing and 245 diamonds sold earlier this year for a record-breaking $300,168 to an anonymous buyer at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, making it the most expensive handbag in the world. The previous record-holder was a pink diamond-studded Hermès Birkin (a mere snip at $222,000). This is where handbags and jewellery cross paths.
I have a small collection of exotic handbags (and a small collection of diamond jewellery), including a vintage GUCCI LIZARD CLUTCH.
Although it looks, black, it is really a dark navy blue frame evening bag in a rare and highly collectable style that retailed for several thousand dollars when new. With the double iconic “GG” emblem in gold plate on the front and the unique mini gold-plated spring flap closure, this bag was handcrafted in Italy of super-luxurious lizard skin.
An Ebay find that looks superb with diamonds.
Gucci vintage bag purchased from Luxury Garage Sale, Ebay.