Whenever a YouTube channel hits certain subscription milestones, they are awarded a YouTube Play Button. You get a silver one at 100,000 subscribers, a gold one at 1,000,000, a diamond one at 10,000,000, and a customized Play Button upon reaching the seemingly unreachable 50,000,000 subscribers.

The only problem with these Play Buttons is they aren’t really made of rare metals. You would think that with all the hard work you put into your channel, you might get something more expensive to hang on your wall but nooo… you have to content with a heavy knockoff plaque.

Unsatisfied with his new crystal-encrusted silver Play Button, jewelry designer Bobby White has decided to jump the extra 9,900,000 subscribers and bedazzle it with real diamonds and rubies to make it something worth bragging about:

diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button

Bobby first pops out the crystal YouTube logo and heats it up to make it easier to work with. Afterwards, he starts making measurements on the outer edges of the logo to make room for the tiny diamonds.

diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button

He makes indentations on the edges to space each piece of diamond apart before working his way inwards. Once all the spaces are made, he nails in small holes which he uses as guides when drilling in the housings for the diamonds. Take note all of this is done on a very small scale, so Bobby needs the help of a microscope when working with these delicate materials.

diamond encrusted youtube play button

After hours of cutting, polishing, and making sure the diamonds will fit in their receptacles, he can finally add the precious stones. As with the holes, he has to manually place each stone in its proper place (he can’t just dump a bag of diamonds over the Play Button and hope they fall in).

diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button

To make his Play Button truly unique and more expensive, he adds a number of holes to the sides. These will be fitted with red rubies which stand out from the sea of diamonds it protects.

diamond encrusted youtube play button
diamond encrusted youtube play button

With the Play Button logo finished, all Bobby has to do now is screw it back onto the plaque.

diamond encrusted youtube play button

While this is still technically a silver YouTube Play Button, it’s definitely more expensive than any official diamond Play Button you’ll ever see. What’s amazing is how the diamonds on the front of the logo outshine the rubies, making them the center of attention rather than the red sides.

You can see more of Bobby White’s projects over on his YouTube channel, where he takes normal, everyday things and adds rare rocks to exponentially increase their value.

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Carlos wrestles gators, and by gators, we mean words. He also loves good design, good books, and good coffee.