When poker players sit down at a tournament table, chips have no intrinsic value whatsoever and they serve mostly as points, that tells them whether they are ahead or behind. Things change at cash games where the chips have face value, but even here they are just a drop in an ocean and even the more valuable ones tend to get lost in a big stack.
According to a cjnews.com article, Gerald Lewy changed everything by creating a poker chip that has an estimated worth of $275,000 and is insured for $450,000. It has a place in the Guinness World Records and it is unlikely that another jewellery designer will come up with a more expensive one in the foreseeable future. Lewy spent a lot of time creating this gem and brilliantly combined diamonds, sapphires and pink gold to create an exquisite poker chip that would make most professionals blush with envy.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts and in this case, the poker chip is not only a collection of expensive gems, but a true masterpiece. Gerald spent most of his life designing expensive jewellery and this one is at least for the time being, the culmination of his efforts. Very few in this line of work can brag about working as diamond setters for half a century and Lewy has a flair for working with posh gems.
Interesting enough, he originally intended to dedicate himself to academic life but due to his dyslexia, Lewy had no choice but to embrace his father’s profession. Under the constant guidance of Stan Levine, he honed his skills and over the course of time he became one of the most respected jewellers in the United Kingdom. Gerald spent most of his life in Canada and kept working as a freelancer for top clients, while teaching at George Brown College.
The idea of creating the most expensive poker chip ever occurred to him while in Arizona attending a trade show. He was clearly unimpressed by the quality of existing poker chips and decided that it is worth experimenting with metal chips. It was only a matter of time before he decided to raise up the antes and enhance his creations with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. The final product can safely be regarded as a work of art and it is a worthy addition to his impressive collection featuring pendants, gold plated dices and encrusted money clips.