70,000-Carat Honda Odyssey Unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon

 - Feb 26, 2010
References: diginfo & beadinggem
The world's first gemstone covered car was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2010, a Honda Odyssey with a blinged out US$88,000 paint job. That translates to 70,000 carats worth of Kyoto Opal.

Kyoto Opal is a manmade opal synthesized to replicate the quartz grain structure of natural opal. Unlike the brittle natural gemstone, Kyoto Opal will not crack or split as easily while offering the distinctive color play of opal itself. The crushed Kyoto Opal was combined with Jewel Paint, a coating technology from Honda Net Nara.