Entrepreneurs Create ‘Blingware’ Eating Utensils

Inspired by rap’s

lavish lifestyle, known to many as “bling-bling,” entrepreneurs Erroll

and Nicole Footman have combined “ice” with luxury flatware to create

Blingware.

Noticing the flashy

jewelry celebrities frequently showcase on awards shows, the Footman’s

procured the design for their flatware that includes knives, forks and spoons.

The married couple

experimented on the construction of Blingware in their kitchen and started the

company in spring 2004.

Blingware utensils

are garnished with Swarovski crystals; each knife, fork and spoon has between

70 and 80 hand-set crystals on solid stainless steel.

The diamond-cut

Swarovski gems are used in high-end fashion and jewelry, like the dress Beyoncé

wore in her “Naughty Girl” video and the chandelier Russell and

Kimora Lee Simmons displayed on MTV Cribs.

The Swarovski stones

that Blingware utilizes have similar quality as diamonds. Blingware prices range

from $5,500 for a 16-piece set to $10,000 for a 40 piece-set.

Before launching

Blingware, a division of The Footman Consortium, Erroll Footman worked as a

system analyst and software developer on Wall Street.

Nicole was a receptionist

and personal assistant in New York’s entertainment business.

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