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World’s most expensive kippa to go for $167,000

New flashy yarmulke, encrusted with 3,500 sparkling crystals and a diamond, up for sale ahead of Hanukkah

The world's most expensive yarmulke (TDaniel/ VeryFirstTo)
The world's most expensive yarmulke (TDaniel/ VeryFirstTo)

A luxury kippa, encrusted with over 3,500 sparkling Swarovski crystals, is about to go on the market just in time for Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

The singular skullcap, which will also be crowned with a 2-carat D-color flawless diamond, is the brainchild of celebrity artist Toks Daniel, who has set an asking price of $167,000. It can also be purchased for $9,300 without diamonds.

The launch of Daniel’s latest product marks his debut in Judaica and was inspired by his attraction to Judaism.

Toks Daniel with renowned jeweller and designer Robert Goodman (TDaniel/ VeryFirstTo)

“Whilst I was a youngster in Nigeria, Jews had a rather exotic image,” he said in a press release. “The more I have since been exposed to Jews and Judaism, the more I have become enamored with its rituals, principles and aesthetics. My yarmulke design is a manifestation of my enchantment with the religion.”

Daniel’s luxury product line spans an array of pieces ranging from crystal-encrusted soccer boots to effervescent caps.

Among the famous figures sporting Daniel’s products are soccer players Didier Drogba and Cristiano Ronaldo, fashion model Jourdan Dunn, and music artists Jermaine Jackson, Leona Lewis and Sean Paul.

It took Daniel 14 days to conceive and create the kippa, which requires every one of the crystals to be painstakingly placed and applied to a predetermined position.

He collaborated with renowned jeweler and designer Robert Goodman for the pièce de résistance — a glorious solitaire cut diamond supplied by Goodman and set proudly atop a Star of David at the kippa’s summit.

Daniel said he intends to make a donation of $1,330 to Chabad Lubavitch of Nigeria should the kippa sell.

A leather kippa adorned with a Star of David crafted from 873 diamonds totaling 2.75 carats and set in 14 karat white gold sells on the contemporary Judaica website Modern Tribe for $36,000.

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