Kendrick Lamar’s Crown of Thorns Has Over 8,000 Diamonds – Manila Bulletin

Tiffany and Co. gives insight into the making of the unique piece of jewelry

The drama took place during Kendrick Lamar’s set at Glastonbury Festival this month. Fake blood ran down his face as he ended his performance, saying, “They’re judging you, they’ve judged Christ, good luck for women’s rights.”

For the show, Lamar wore a white shirt paired with black pants. His look was completed with a jeweled crown of thorns, much like what was seen on the cover of his album, “Mr. Moral & The Big Steppers. Made by luxury brand Tiffany & Co., the helmet was made of titanium and pavé diamonds and was the result of the collaboration between the jeweler, the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist, and his longtime creative collaborator Dave Free.

According to the brand, the custom piece took “10 months and a total of 1,300 hours to set the thousands of diamonds.” Its four craftsmen helped craft the crown with “50 thorns of various shapes and more than 8,000 diamonds”.

Additionally, Tiffany & Co. also revealed that the inspiration behind the piece came from Jean Schlumberger’s archival Thorns brooch, which is now on display at the Maison’s ‘Vision & Virtuosity’ exhibition in London. Another personal touch is the “Mr. Morale” engraving on the crown, a nod to the artist’s fifth studio album.

Besides Lamar, the Glastonbury Festival has also been headlined by music superstars Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion and Olivia Rodrigo and icons Paul McCartney and Diana Ross.

Watch the making of Lamar’s Crown of Thorns below:

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Sarah C. Figueiredo