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anyone got $35,000?

So a few weeks ago I got a phone call from Vartix about the “make a custom piece of jewelry with Gackt” thing. (spoiler: I will not be doing that). The way it works is, they were calling a lot (hundreds?) of entrants to come to the store in person, and from those people they would select the 10 who actually get to do the thing. I figured that it was probably a way to get lots of people to visit the store and buy stuff, but I decided to give it a shot. Free postcard and all.

The store I went to is in Omotesando and it’s a nice little place, probably nicer if you actually care about jewelry. They had the standard model of Gackt’s watch that he was wearing on Geinoujin Kakuzuke Check for something like $80,000… his is a custom one that apparently cost more like $600,000. It has diamonds on every available surface and you can see all the gears inside which is kinda neat and steampunk but unfortunately the hands don’t stand out very well against all the other spinning stuff. They also have the recent Gackt/Vartix collaboration jewelry on display, the black stuff with the rubies that’s “only” $200-$300.

Anyway, the sales guy was cute and friendly and he sat me down and talked about Gackt and Japan for a while and thankfully didn’t pressure me too hard to buy anything, but also wasn’t in a hurry to get to the point either. He did eventually start explaining the rules, one day in February that is only disclosed to the winners, you go (on your own money) to Kyoto and meet Gackt there. Ok, cool so far. Then he explains that what you “win” is the chance to design jewelry with Gackt and you have to buy the finished piece when you’re done. Not so okay, but go on. “Gackt is very particular about these kind of things and the exact price will vary, but a baseline figure is $35,000″. LOL NOPE

He then explained to me that there is a five year payment plan, so I could pay $890 a month for the next five years. LOL NOPE

Anyway, I was like "um… that’s almost twice my rent” and I think he got the point and he brought out a few more Gackt-designed jewelry pieces for me to try on. So I took a selfie with the diamond cross necklace. There was also an interesting ring with a Star of David on either side of the center stone and also etched into the stone… wonder if there’s a reason for picking that design or if it’s just the usual Japanese “Judeo-Christian stuff looks cool!” thing.

I then left the store without actually buying anything, but even $200 is a bit too expensive for just-buying-something-so-you-don’t-waste-the-salesperson’s-time purposes. To be fair, they invited me…

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delepton
Jan. 29th, 2017 08:52 am (UTC)
The scam exists in Japan, it is true.

But very interesting offer, indeed! ))
teasingfool
Jan. 29th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
or if it’s just the usual Japanese “Judeo-Christian stuff looks cool!” thing.

This made me snort my water. They'd love my uncle's house! XD

Gackt's expensive tastes in jewelry are a bit much...35K? Nope!
gothrockrulz
Feb. 1st, 2017 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for the report! Do so love reading about this events. Ai, sounds everything there was put together for people who are REALLY loaded! Wow.

The cross necklace looks quite pretty on you! :)
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