1) Go try and sell some "used" diamonds at a jewelry store or a pawn shop and tell me how much you make back on them. Its not likely to be much.
2) If you wanted the looks of the Beats with some good sound you're best bet would be to ditch the drivers and ANC circuitry and add an ortho driver. I don't know if a T50RP driver would fit in there so you might have to scrounge for some old Yamahas on ebay or something. It will be a lot of money just for style though though.
1) Ehh... assuming those diamonds are of decent quality and size they should still have some value; probably can't even get a pair of overpriced headphone still. And assuming its mounted with gold, the gold is probably worth more xD but hey, don't have to sell it, glittery things are popular even if they won't be worth much! lol
2) Don't know if the T50RP driver would fit. Well, maybe on the full sized Beats (getting one already is quite the many Fostex I can buy) but eh...
I haven't opened mines up yet so I don't know how the drivers look like. Is the square stuff the driver? sorry I may have a bit of experience with dynamics but not so much with ortho xD
And Yamaha orthos are nearly impossible to come by...! they would have been my selection of choice, but alas. Most instances I've seen nice orthos on ebay was when I was accidentally on ebay.COM rather than ebay.CA; needless to say most of the ones that interested my shipped only within USA.
As for style? Beats are ugly :D imho
If they could be modded... would that not just add to the disgrace? Now, not only do you have to spend more then you should for sub-par sound but even more to do what the manufactures/engineers should have done in the beginning... further adding to the pile of money that could have gone towards better headphones. O.o
Well, yeah. Though in some respect a moddable overly expensive pair is better still than a unmoddable overly expensive pair, is what I'm getting at.
Just thought I'd give Beats the benefit of doubt... something along the lines of hating em but giving a teeny bit of possible hope. I tend to end up collecting a lot of trash so you can see where I'm coming from lol.