There was a lot of hype surrounding American Express’ elusive Black Card when the general public started hearing about it in the early 2000s. Today, you can hit a new level of prestige if you’re able to get this new Gold Card (literally made of gold) from a bank in Kazakhstan, Russia.
Sberbank-Kazakhstan announced plans recently to issue a limited edition Visa Infinite Exclusive card, made with pure gold, 26 diamonds, and inlaid mother of pearl, according to a press release posted on its website. They’re touting it as the “world’s first made entirely of gold, diamonds and pearls.”
A spokeswoman for the bank told ABC News it will cost $100,000 to obtain the gold card. About $65,000 of that goes into minting the card itself (customers will receive a plastic version as well), and the remaining $35,000 will remain in the user’s account. After the first year, it will also carry a $2,000 a year fee.
However, card holders can expect top tier perks, including life and health insurance worth over $250,000, lounge access at airports, concierge service, discounts at hotels and restaurants, car hire, and more.
“Visa Infinite Exclusive is more than a bank card: it opens its doors to the owners of exclusive services and privileges,” Galym Tabyldiev, the head of Visa in Kazakhstan, said in the Sberbank statement.
Additionally, Sberbank-Kazakhstan will provide cardholders a free iPhone 5 and a Montblanc card case.
For members who get the card, you will be part of a very small club. The bank plans to issue just 100 gold cards, but they will only be available to residents of Kazakhstan who have an account at the bank.