The ever-in-demand Ben Baller has kicked off his 2020 with a jaw-dropping piece of custom jewelry designed for his longtime pal Kid Cudi. Co-signed by Baller’s friend and frequent inspiration Takashi Murakami, a stunning blend of precious gems and gold informs the necklace, from the chain to the ‘Kiki’-shaped pendant.
Covered in rubies, diamonds and pink sapphires, the gleaming necklace sports a Murakami-themed chain to complement the enormous 18k gold pendant. Familiar Murakamai iconography, like skulls and smiling flowers, appears throughout, rich with color and glistening stones. The pendant is the star of the show, of course, with an impressively-accurate rendering of Murakami’s ‘Kiki’ character on the front and a pair of embossed Murakami symbols on the rear, surrounding an image taken from Cudi’s Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon.
Check out detailed shots of Baller’s lavish design above, which was gifted to Cudi on January 30 for the rapper’s 36th birthday.
Meanwhile, Cudi recently appeared on Selena Gomez’s Rare album.
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My first piece of 2020. 1 of 1 diamond/gem Official Murakami Lei with Pink Sapphire, Ruby & Diamond Kiki pendant. 18K rose gold. I spent almost a year going over the design of this Murakami Skull Flower Link Masterpiece with @kidcudi and @takashipom Museum quality work. Yes all the flowers in the necklace spin. Happy Birthday Scott #KidCudi #TakashiMurakami #IFANDCO #BenBallerDidTheChain #KaikaiKiKi