by Kristie LeVangie
Water is water, right? We buy it by the bottles due to convenience as we trek off to the gym, running errands, or to the office.
There are tons of brands to choose from in your local supermarket and a case could run you between $4 and $10 in most cases.
Sure, we’ll have concern about landfills and how our bad consumerism will ruin the environment, but it’s not stopping us. As of 2012, Americans were consuming nearly 9.1 BILLION gallons of bottled water and spending a whopping $21.7 BILLION.
Just imagine how that number would be affected by the following list.
Luxury isn’t just for cars, handbags or exquisite dinners. Luxury has also hit the bottled water market.
And assuming you have a few hundred, or even a few thousands, to kick around on some pure liquid libation, a little googling could have you drinking in style.
Here’s a list of 8 of the most expensive luxury bottled waters in the world.
8. AquaDeco – $12 per 750 ml
We start the list at a mere $12 a bottle.
Aquadeco, awarded the 2007 Gold Medal as the best non-carbonated water and another for its bottle design, is sourced from unspoiled and untouched springs in Canada. The aquifer from which this brand comes was created on an “undifferentiated glacial till with a predominantly sandy silt matrix during the last ice age, some 18,000 years ago.” With it’s retreat, it left layers of sand that, acting as a filtration device, were able to remove pollutants and ions at the atomic level for some of the most pristine drinking water on the market.
7. 10 Thousand BC – $14 per 750 ml
Inching up in price, our next entry registers in at $14 a bottle.
10 Thousand BC is sourced from a location off the Canadian coast so remote, it would take 3 days just to get to there. First, you would begin up the Coastal Glacier Mountain Range, through the Desolation Sound, and finally to Toba Inlet, just 200 miles north of Vancouver. Only accessible by the ocean, it is unspoiled by man. From the former glacial location, it is transported by stainless steel water trucks to the bottling plant in Kelowna, British Columbia.
6. VEEN – $23 per 750 ml
Coming in at #6, we go to Finland.
Finnish brand, VEEN, offers may variations and is sourced from many unique natural springs, including Finnish Lapland and Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The name is derived from “Veen Emonen” (or Mother of Water).
The “wave bottle”, designed by Antti Eklund, has been nominated for a number of awards and won the 2007 Best Bottle in Glass Award at Global Bottled Water World. The first VEEN bottle can actually been seen in its Helsinki Design Museum home where it rests today. Eklund used the first wave that Veen Emonen raised as his inspiration.
5. Bling! H2O – $40 per 750 ml
Still not sure I’m assaulting your checkbook too much, #5 is starting to make a dent.
Bottled at it’s English Mountain Spring source located at the base of the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, this water is the brainchild of Hollywood writer-producer, Kevin G. Boyd. Bling H2O can be found in the hands of sociality Paris Hilton and throughout the Hollywood scene. It was featured at the MTV Video Music Awards and at the The Emmys. Winning the gold medal for Best Tasting water at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition, Bling H2O is certainly attaining its mission to “offer a product with an exquisite face to match exquisite taste.
And considering each bottle stands as a work of art, jewelry-like in nature, it’s surprising it doesn’t cost a bit more. From the Goldilocks version:
to the 10,000 Swarovski Crystal version that will set you back $2,600:
It’s almost too beautiful to drink.
4. Fillico – $219 per 750 ml
Next we fly to Japan for our #4 listing.
Fitting of royalty, all Fillico bottled waters are topped with regal crowns. Each bottle is produced by hand, so production is limited to just 5,000 bottles per month. Sourced from the highly regarded Nunobiki spring located in the Rokkou National Park in Kobe, this water is so pure it also used by a Sake producer in its hometown.
And just like Bling! H2O, their bottles are essentially jewelry-like in nature. In fact, they advertise as such on their website. Crystals not your style? Try out their rock-and-roll version:
Perhaps something a little more cutesy and Asian-inspired? Why not their Hello Kitty branded bottle?
3. Kona Nigari Water – $402 per 750 ml
For #3, we stay in the Japanese market. This time exploring Kona Nigari water.
Gathered 2,000 feet deep below the ocean’s surface just off the island of Hawaii, this water is quite literally marketed as the Fountain of Youth. They claim it helps you lose weight, reduces stress and improves your skin tone and quality. Made of desalinated sea water and said to be so potent, this is sold only in 2 oz. containers. It’s suggested you mix a few drops with regular drinking water.
To achieve a gallon, it will cost you just over $2100!
2. Exousia Gold
Ironically, the entry at #2 isn’t taking the gold– although it does contain it.
The atomic properties of Exousia Gold contains real gold (24 carat) and is supposed to give this water anti-aging properties. Of course, it comes at a price– $24,000!
I can’t provide you with the source or distillation process on this one however. It’s a well-guarded secret.
1. Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani – 750 ml
And coming in at #1 and THE most expensive bottled water on Earth is Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani. Almost as extravagant as the bottle is this one’s name.
This time the bottle is made of 24-carat gold and designed by Fernando Altamirano. You may know that name as a designer for Tequila Ley, one of the most expensive spirits manufacturers in the world.
Sourced from locations all around the world, the water inside the bottle gets virtually little attention despite it also containing 5 milligrams of gold dust. It’s the bottle itself that steals the show here. Based on artwork by the late Italian artist Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, this sold at auction in Mexico City in 2010 for $774,000 pesos, or $60,000 U.S.
Is $60,000 out of your price range? Perhaps you’d like to downgrade to versions at more affordable $3,600? You can try their versions in gold matte, silver, silver matte and crystal.
So…what you are waiting for? Go hydrate yourself!