Here's how much Kendrick Lamar's Glastonbury crown is probably worth
The diamond encrusted crown of thorns also features on the cover art of his recent album ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’
Since Kendrick Lamar’s closing performance on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, his iconic "crown of thorns" has been all the talk of the fashion world.
The headpiece made by Tiffany & Co. echoes religious symbolism and is said to be encrusted with 8000 diamonds totalling over 137 carats.
Made from titanium, the crown is strong yet light, making it suitable to perform in by weighing 200 grams rather than around 1kg if it was to be made from white gold.
Worn on Lamar’s latest album ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’, the rapper has also been seen wearing it at Louis Vuitton’s menswear show in Paris last week where he performed a tribute to the late Virgil Abloh.
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Daniel O’Farrell; Founder, Bespoke Jeweller and Diamond Expert at DC Jewellery says that: “While the raw materials will constitute the main proportion of the value, the labour involved in designing, hand crafting and especially setting each of the 8000 diamonds, would have been a significant proportion of the cost.
“I would estimate that in total the crown would have cost £450,000 - 500,000.”
In a video of Lamar backstage after his Glastonbury headlining show, Kofi aka. Icykof asks Lamar how much his outfit is, getting the response, “I don't know, this shit isn’t even out yet.”
Kofi continues to ask how much the crown is when someone who appears to be with Lamar exclaims “three mil”.
According to Vogue Magazine, the crown was inspired by Jean Schlumberger’s ‘Thorns’ brooch and that Lamar’s crown was made in Tiffany’s New York workshop before it was assembled in the northern region of Italy and finally custom fitted to the rapper.
“Kendrick Lamar represents the artistry, risk-taking creativity and relentless innovation that has also defined Tiffany & Co. for nearly two centuries,” says Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president, product and communication, Tiffany & Co to Vogue Magazine. “We are proud and incredibly excited to work with a visionary like Kendrick in realising his vision for the crown.”
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Lamar’s headlining show at Glastonbury ended with a women’s right chant in reference to US abortion rights.
Wearing the diamond encrusted crown whilst blood poured down his face, Lamar repeated: "Godspeed for women's rights. They judge you, they judge Christ."
Watch Kendrick Lamar's women's rights chant at Glastonbury Festival below.
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