Following Kendrick Lamar‘s performance at the show dedicated to Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2023 men’s collection in Paris, “Strange Math”, Tiffany & Co. shared a stunning 1-minute video through which we can get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Crown of Thornes”, the crown of thorns that the Compton rapper wore both during Vuitton’s pageant and during his performance at Glastonbury 2022.
Lamar, his longtime collaborator and pgLang co-founder Dave Free and Tiffany & Co. worked together to create this handcrafted piece of jewelry.
“Kendrick Lamar represents the artistry, risk-taking creativity, and relentless innovation that has also defined Tiffany & Co. for nearly two centuries. We are proud and incredibly excited to work with a visionary like Kendrick in realizing his vision for the crown”, told Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product, and Communication of Tiffany & Co.
The Crown of Thorns represents one of the most iconic and powerful symbols of the entire religious iconography (Christian and otherwise), and in this case, it was recreated by the U.S. luxury house using polished titanium divided into 14 parts, 50 thorns and 8,000 diamonds set by hand in Tiffany workshops in Italy.
It took 10 months and more than 1,300 hours of work to complete this one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, but it was apparently worth it.
Below you can see the video with which Tiffany & Co. wanted to take a closer look at the processes that led to Kendrick Lamar’s “Crown of Thornes”.