The Story Behind Kendrick Lamar’s Crown of Thorns (Tiffany & Co.)

Perhaps one of the most widely recognized symbols in religious iconography (according to the New Testament, a crown of thorns was placed on Jesus’ head in the events leading up to his crucifixion), the crown is a metaphor for artistic prowess, humility and perseverance, according to the jeweler. For the rapper, it’s a sign of respect for the artists who came before him.

“Kendrick Lamar represents the artistry, bold creativity and relentless innovation that have also defined Tiffany & Co. for nearly two centuries,” said Alexandre Arnault, Executive Vice President, Product and Communications, Tiffany & Co. “We are proud and incredibly thrilled to work with a visionary like Kendrick to realize his vision for the crown.

Designed over a period of 10 months, the helmet is made of 8,000 micro pavé diamonds totaling over 137 carats and weighs approximately 200g. It took over 1,300 hours of work by four artisans to assemble the diamonds.

Kendrick wearing his personalized crown of thorns in his album cover, Mr Moral & The Big Steppers.

Renell Medrano

Tiffany & Co.’s most accomplished artisans worked on the custom piece, inspired by Jean Schlumberger’s “Thorns” brooch, one of two iconic thorn-themed brooches Schlumberger designed in 1947, before joining Tiffany in 1956. The crown, consisting of 50 thorns, was cast in 14 components in Tiffany’s studio in New York, before the final piece was assembled in the northern Italian region, then custom fitted to Kendrick.

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