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Phone cases are one of those things which you will tolerate or hate. Few people actually love putting a case on their shiny new smartphone, but do anyway. Many have already felt the pain, of course, of seeing a screen smashed from a 6 inch drop onto a silk cushion. But all phone cases are not created equal. Some go a bit further than the rest and add the odd bit of sparkle. Here are the most expensive phone cases. Brace yourself, because this escalates quickly.
Red Puffer Case – $65
Does your phone get cold during the winter time? Urban Sophistication has got you covered with their Puffer phone case. This phone case is meant to remind us of our puffer winter jackets, even down to the recognizable stitching. This case comes in other colors but the red is such a stand out.
Mason Supply Co. Aramid Fiber Case – $85
Sometimes cases make phones extra bulky (sorry puffer case). Mason Supply Co. solves that issue with a super thin carbon fiber phone case. The case it self is as thin as a credit card, which means wireless charging will not be affected. This might be one of the less flashy phone cases because Mason Supply Co. likes to keeps their designs clean and free of logos for a sophisticated look.
Miniot Wood – $160
We’re going to backtrack on our previous statement a bit. Miniot’s wooden iPhone cases are only ridiculous in so much as they are ridiculously lovely. Choose from a range of different woods to suit your mood or your home, and you won’t be disappointed. The classiest case in our list, by some distance, and probably one of the best looking available at any price.
Swarovski Crystal Case – $240
One of the cheapest in our list at “only” $240, this creation from Swarovski is covered by a multitude of different crystals. Described as “unique and classy”, we’ll defer to it being unique, but classy? Well, we can’t say we’re convinced about that. However, Swarovski is a name with some gravitas, so there is that.
Gucci GG Marmont iPhone Case – $370
Gucci loves to incorporate their iconic styles into many of the products they sell. This phone case is no different. Surprisingly, the GG logo on this phone case was popularized by a Gucci belt released in the 1970’s. Currently, the collection of items with this specific emblem is dubbed the “Marmont” collection. This phone case showcases the familiar GG supreme all over print with a white leather card wallet installed on the back. While most designer items are meant to be purchased as an investment and sold later, with phone cases it’s not so easy. Considering phone companies release a new version every year, its hard to spend so much money on a phone case that won’t fit in a years time.
Vetements Faux Leather iPhone Case – $380
From a newer brand in the designer world based in Switzerland, a pretty simple iPhone case. Vetements presents a unicorn rainbow black and white phone case. If you’re down for the nostalgic graphic, this might be the phone case for you. Other than that, it might be hard to purchase this at its almost $400 price tag.
Gucci Crocodile Case – $495
What’s that you say? Nobody should pay nearly $500 for an iPhone case? If you think that, then it’s best if you stop reading right here. It’s difficult to be a fan of any exotic animal skin products, as there’s no real guarantee the leather has been ethically sourced. However, crocodile is more water resistant than cow leather, as you might expect. Thing is, for 500 bucks, it isn’t really particularly good looking.
Prada iPhone XS Max Leather Phone Case – $550
Prada gives us a phone case made in Italy. This is their leather iPhone XS Max case with gold hardware and comes in red or black. If your having a hard time rationalizing an over $500 phone case, the addition of a wallet might change things. Prada even gives you a adjustable crossbody strap with your purchase.
Fendi FF iPhone X Case – $630
Another wallet phone case with a slightly higher price tag. An Italian made leather phone case from Fendi. This phone case showcases the easily recognizable Fendi logo. Fendi has gone the extra step and lined the inside of the phone case with leather. Definitely good for someone who doesn’t want to carry a purse but still needs a card or some cash with them!
Louis Vuitton Dauphine Case – $725
If you are a fan of purses, Louis Vuitton combines them with phone cases. Taking inspiration from their Dauphine bag, they have created a rather pricey phone case. It sports the easily recognizable LV pattern, secured with a leather strap and the Dauphine bag clasp. The inside is lined with microfiber to ensure your phone doesn’t get scratched!
Intrinsically Safe Cell Phone Case ATEX Zone 2 – $745
While this phone case is considered very expensive, there’s a practical use for it. The Intrinsically Safe cell phone case is for the hard working person. This rugged phone case will protect your iPhone XS from shocks, drops and vibrations. This case has an IP rating of IP68, it can survive being submerged in more than a meter of water. In the event that the Zone 2 classification is not quite enough, you can ship your device for a Class 1 Division 2 certification label. They will install the case and ship out the certificate free of charge! If a rugged phone case isn’t what your looking for, what about a rugged phone? Mr.Aberthon has a selection of unlocked rugged phones! But still this is not one of the most expensive phone cases.
Givenchy Antigona Leather Crossbody Phone Case – $750
This expensive phone case is more of a small purse than anything. Givenchy is offering an Antigona leather crossbody bag to help keep your phone secure and easily accessible while remaining concealed. Since its only a bag, this means any phone can fit into this case.
Dolce and Gabbana Iguana – $895
Thankfully, our next designer brand case doesn’t use real Iguana skin, instead using a scored calfskin. The nature motifs made from gold and colored gemstones make it all very Art Nouveau, and very pretty. As with many cases in this list, you could never just put it down on its back, for fear of damaging it. Still, at $895, it’s about the price of a new iPhone so make your own minds up.
Balenciaga Sneakerhead Crossbody Phone Case – $950
This is another phone case that can be classified as a bag. The Balenciaga Sneakerhead crossbody bag is a statement piece. Meant to look like a flattened sneaker, its the perfect bag/phone case for anyone who is a fan of a more modern take on fashion. Another option for people who don’t have an iPhone!
Chanel Lambskin & Gold-Tone Metal Black Case with Chain – $1350
Now this phone case has a practical use, not a practical price. Chanel offers a luxury phone case with cross-body chain. Sometimes putting our phone in a purse or pocket makes it inaccessible. Put a chain on a case and now your phone can stay safely secured to you while being selfie ready at any moment.
Alter Ego Aurora Titanium iPhone Case – $3299
This has to be one of this most interesting cases on our list. The Alter Ego phone case is painted by “fire” to give this phone case is colorful appearance. On the gray.inc website, they make the important distinction that this is a sculpture and not a phone case. Their goal was to break the boundaries and create something that is truly unique. This case comes equipped with a silicone liner to help protect the phone from the metal phone case. While it seems like it offers protection from falls, scratches might still be an issue since there are some areas exposed.
Gresso Titanium Edition – $4000-5000
At the mid-range of this list, the Gresso titanium is available in two colors, grey and black. Made to fit the iPhone (we’re sensing a trend here) 8, 8+ and X, only 999 of each color will be available. When you buy one of these, it will have a corresponding sequence number. So there you are, a metal iPhone case for 5 grand. I wish we were making this up.
Lux iPhone X Ingot 250 – $70,000
Made for the iPhone X, from 250 grams of 22K gold, you can actually order these online. Just so’s you know before you whip out the old credit card, gold is soft. And 22 karat gold is really soft. What this means is that it will scratch easier than a kitten chasing your finger. Put it in a pocket with a few pennies in change, and it’ll come out looking like someone has taken a wire brush to it. Just saying. One of the most expensive phone cases but not as durable as we would hope.
Goldgenie Donald Trump Case – $151,000
A true, one-of-a-kind iPhone case. Made of the purest 24K gold and emblazoned with the face of Donald Trump, the design was requested from Goldgenie by a single customer. The Apple logo and edges of the case are studded with diamonds, and the case has the words “Limited Edition 1/1” engraved into it, demonstrating its uniqueness.
Buccellati iPhone case – $208,000
Buccellati are just about the biggest name in Italian jewelry. Their designs are known for their bold and colorful approach and the use of yellow gold. Throw in a few diamond and white gold sunbursts and you have a unique case for your (yet again) iPhone. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we like that Buccellati don’t seem to worry about that when they design anything. Oh, and if you want to complete the set, they have a matching iPad case at $485,000.
Anita Mai Tan Dragon and Spider – $880,000
Yes, you read that right. Not far short of a million dollars for an iPhone case. You do have the choice between a dragon or spider case, if that helps. The dragon case, with the shape of the dragon embedded into the rear of the case, has 2200 diamonds. These are of various colors and weigh a total of 32 carats. The spider has 2800 black and colorless diamonds weighing 38 carats.
Alexander Amosu – $2.7m
After all the expensive phone cases, we’ve arrived at number 1. 6000 diamonds, a gold embossed Alexander Amosu logo and, well that’s it. Not that you need any more for your 2.7 million dollars. In case it matters, you’ll need to get a move on if you want one. Only a strictly limited number are available for the iPhone 6. It’s not the bargain of the year, admittedly, but it would bring some serious bragging rights.
The iPhone Effect
In case you haven’t noticed yet, almost every single one of the most expensive phone cases on our list is for iPhones. We struggled to find an Android phone case that went much above $100, but why is that? Do manufacturers assume Apple users are more likely to have deep pockets? Do they think Android users are cheap and want everything for free?
We’ll never really know but one thing is for certain. Anybody who can afford thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars for a phone case probably has more money than they need. Some in our list look nice, some not so much. Once you buy a new phone what then? A phone case doesn’t make a particularly attractive ornament.