If discerning falconers are prepared to spend thousands on an elite bird, why not spend a few thousand more on a diamond-studded falcon hood?
This is the thinking of Italian jewelry design company Tiroler Goldschmied, which created the hoods specially for showing during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition, happening until this coming Saturday, September 25th.
Tiroler Goldschmied’s bejeweled hoods range from $7,000 to $32,000, depending on the number of diamonds used and time spent to craft them. The company’s marketing and press manager, Manuela Gampe, is convinced that the hoods’ will be successful.
“Every hood is a one-of-a-kind piece,” Ms. Gampe said. “It is unique.”
Used for the purpose of calming the birds, falcon hoods are made of thin leather, not more than 0.04 inches thick.
This makes it hard to adjust the precious stones and an average one month’s work is needed to produce each hood, Ms. Gampe informed the media. Since the company began making the pieces a year ago, they have only sold one, to a customer in the Netherlands.