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Nine beautiful luxury sex toys

Made by artists & goldsmiths using the finest materials, these sex toys belong in a gallery

As sex toy designer Adele Brydges told Libertine about her ceramic collection (second image), "I wanted to design pieces that were beautiful in their own right." Here's our selection of intimate objects taking form and function in equal measure.

Crowned Jewels' titanium products (first image), designed and made in Britain, are put through rigorous quality testing. "Titanium is very hard metal to work in and it has taken all our combined jewellery and engineering skills to achieve the products we make today," says goldsmith and jewellery designer Victoria Jane, Crowned Jewels' Creative Director.

Coco De Mer's glass toys (third image) are handblown in England; Swedish brand LELO - famous for selling one of the most expensive vibrators in the world: a 24-karat gold plated vibrator that costs £9,000 - make sleek, sophisticated electronic products (fourth image).

Image 1: Crowned Jewels

From left to right: Mayfair dildo in titanium, £188. Buy here.
Upminster butt plug in titanium, £138. Buy here.
Sterling silver Ben Wa pleasure balls, £660. Buy here.

Image 2: Adele Brydges

Rose print small ceramic butt plug, £95. Buy here.
Hot and cold ceramic dildo, £150. Buy here.

Image 3: Coco De Mer

Bottle Stopper small glass butt plug, £75. Buy here.


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The power of glamour

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