Kendrick Lamar’s crown of thorns has over 8,000 diamonds

Published June 28, 2022, 8:25 AM

by John Legaspi

Tiffany and Co. gives a look at the making of the unique jewelry piece

Drama took place during Kendrick Lamar’s set at Glastonbury Festival this month. Fake blood poured on his face as he ended his performance by saying, “They judge you, they judged Christ, godspeed for women’s rights.”

For the show, Lamar wore a white shirt paired with black trousers. Completing his look was a bejeweled crown of thorns, much like what was seen on the cover of his album, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” Crafted by luxury brand Tiffany & Co., the headpiece was made of titanium and pavé diamond, and was a product 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 setting the thousands of diamonds.” Its four craftsmen helped in making the crown with “50 thorns of varying shapes and over 8,000 diamonds.”

In addition, Tiffany & Co. also revealed that the inspiration behind the piece was hailed from Jean Schlumberger’s archival Thorns brooch, which is now on display at the House’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.

Apart from Lamar, the Glastonbury Festival was also 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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