Megs and I recently gave you guys a rundown of the season’s best wedding bags, both traditional and quirky, but there’s one little clutch that we didn’t include because we couldn’t decide which category it would belong in. On the one hand, the Chanel Shell Minaudieres are everything you expect out of a traditional nuptial bag – small, luxurious, twinkling little things in shades of extremely pale ivory and blush. On the other hand, they’re giant molded sea shells, so “traditional” might be a bit of an overstatement. Unless you’re having a beach wedding, though; then these bags are perfect. If your wedding budget is completely open-ended, that is…

After being featured prominently on the Chanel Spring 2012 runway, it was an unquestionable conclusion that these pieces would be priced for only the wealthiest of Chanel’s customers, but even I was a bit blindsided when I contacted Chanel to inquire on the retail prices. For the version dotted on all sides with multicolored freshwater pearls, Chanel is charging an utterly hefty $48,000. For the plain pearlescent resin version? $33,000. Even the Chanel associate on the phone seemed to choke a little bit on those numbers.

Considering that the more expensive of the two is literally covered in real pearls (and beautiful ones at that), the price point makes a little more sense – that many pearls in any form is going to deplete almost any budget. I can’t quite figure out, though, why the version with no pearls still costs $33,000. Surely the molds for this kind of shape would have been difficult to make and the production time-consuming, but even factoring those things in, the price doesn’t quite add up for me. If any of you Chanel diehards out there know what’s up, please fill me in. If you’re in the market for one of these pieces, you can contact Chanel at (800)550-0005 for purchase information.

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  • Bir

    ????????? I think I’ll go scuba diving when I want one thank you very much………

  • A Reader

    Lady parts.

  • SharMackey

    I love wearable ART and this is definitely just that! However, this would look great in my home as a piece of art, it is so pretty there is no need to wear it.

  • Christina

    Well… if you see this as a piece of art, it is okay. I assume these are not mass produced in China. I guess you have to see it like this: There are plenty of people out there, who would pay $50,000 for a painting. You might as well pay this sum for a Chanel and ‘exhibit’ it in your living room.
    I do not understand the price difference between the two shells either, but then, I am not exactly an expert in Chanel either.

  • Tara

    My eyes nearly popped out when I saw the prices. I don’t like these clutches, I think they’re cheesy. I don’t see them as works of art at all.

  • Rashida

    They are nuts!!!!!! That is a cost of a wedding!!!!

  • anorthwind

    Has anyone seen pictures of the inside, or how it opens?

  • very very cheap..not!!! you can buy car with these prices

  • boperea

    i think they are simply exquisite. and they are covered in REAL pearls. how much does a strang of pearls cost these days.
    it’s been said numerous times before, but this truly is art. karl largerfeld and the creative minds behind the houses of both chanel and fendi create simply artisinal peices.
    what is silly, is that these will be all the rage the next season or next and you will see them at claires and aldo accessories!

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  • Jelita78

    hoe exactly do u open this thing?

  • Make sure it’s discreet; you won’t want a clumpy handbag taking pride of place in all the wedding pictures.