Love makes the world go around; love also makes you gift the most extravagant things to the one you love. History is witness to this fact. Take a look at these five achingly romantic gifts and be inspired to give a truly thoughtful present to your loved one as a Valentine’s Day gift!
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
King Nebuchadnezzar II supposedly built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in the sixth century B.C. as a gift for his wife, Amytis of Media. According to ancient historians, Amytis had difficulty adjusting to life in the flat deserts of Babylon and longed for the forests and mountains of her native Media (modern-day Kurdistan). To cure her homesickness, Nebuchadnezzar II ordered the construction of a series of terraced gardens within the walls of the city. The Hanging Gardens—later included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World—were supposedly hundreds of meters wide and filled with a variety of exotic plants, herbs and flowers. A marvel of engineering, the desert oasis was likely irrigated by water from the river Euphrates via a complex system of pumps. Modern archaeologists have questioned whether the gardens actually existed or are simply the stuff of legend.
Cost: Cost: 20 years, 20,000 workers, 1000 elephants.
The beautiful Taj Mahal has been hailed over the centuries as the everlasting embodiment of true love. This breathtaking structure is constructed entirely of white marble and is a real to watch in the moonlight. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan to celebrate his love for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is mute testament to the lengths a person will go to declare their love and devotion.
Construction began in 1632 and it took 22 long years, and 20,000 workers and craftsmen to complete the mammoth mausoleum. Cost: The total cost towards building this great monument is estimated to be about 32 million Indian Rupees at that time (1653), which would be 710,000 USD approximately.
Cost: Cost: $20,000,000
Jay-Z reportedly bought Beyonce an island for a whopping $20,000,000! Quite why the singer is in need of an island (being neither an explorer nor a horticulturalist) isn’t clear, but it definitely counts as one of the most expensive romantic gestures of all time.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond
It didn’t take twenty years and umpteen elephants to build, but it still stands as an enormously expensive romantic gesture. Before this diamond was sold, the most expensive diamond in the world had sold for $300,000 – Richard Burton paid $1.1 million (Over $15 million in today’s dollars) for the Taylor-Burton diamond, dwarfing that figure.
Victoria Beckham‘s Bag
David Beckham gifted Victoria Beckham a rare diamond-studded bag of which only three are made in a year. The Silver Himalayan, as the bag is called, was a Christmas present from David Beckham to his beloved wife. The bag is made out of fine white crocodile leather and has a 3-carat diamond on the lock.
Bling Bling Toilet Seat
What did Ben Affleck get for his then-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez? A jewel encrusted toilet seat. Obviously wanting to grant his loved one’s buttocks the very best of treatment, the toilet is encrusted with rubies, sapphires and diamonds!