Ben Baller and IF & CO. have just unveiled its latest piece of drip for reggaeton superstar J Balvin. The insane piece sees many firsts and is, in fact, an official collaboration between the jewelers and artist Takashi Murakami. Some may recall J Balvin’s earlier spinning piece of Murakami’s smiling rainbow flower, and how Murakami commented that he was interested in owning one.
Stemming from that first interaction between the artists, this new pedant-chain combo sees a 300-gram 18k white gold pendant body that’s matched with a 400-gram brushed and polished 18k white gold snake-cut Cuban link chain. Each piece has over 5,000 stones (both gemstones and VVS1 E/F color diamonds) and totals approximately 42 carats; the chain’s clasp opts for detailed enameling surrounded by white diamonds while the bail is flooded with baguette-cut diamonds.
There were two examples of the Takashi Murakami x IF & CO. chain made; one has been commissioned by J Balvin while the other carries Takashi Murakami’s artist proof, and will remain with him for archival purposes. The total estimated price per each piece made is $560,000 USD.
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Now maybe some of you will understand why I make 4-5 pieces a year instead of 4-5 a month. For real career goal… ?? And If your jeweler tells you you got VVS Diamonds in your piece then why isn’t it hallmarked on the back of your piece? That’s how you know it legally really has VVS diamonds. #BENBALLERDIDTHECHAIN #JBalvin #TakashiMurakami #IFANDCO
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