With Hannukah, the Jewish festival of lights, just a week away, Nigerian designer Tokunbo Daniel, in collaboration with Very First To, created the world's most expensive yarmulke (or kippah) – a skullcap worn by orthodox male Jews at all times and by others for prayer.
The luxury yarmulke, which is set to go for $167,000 and took 14 days to create, is encrusted with over 3,500 sparkling Swarovski crystals and crowned with a 2-carat D-color diamond.
Daniel creates precious and exclusive crystal art pieces which are crafted by hand. From crystal-encrusted soccer boots he made for Cristiano Ronaldo, to dazzling face caps and other luxury items, Tokunbo has worked with celebrities such as Didier Drogba, Jourdan Dunn, Sean Paul and more. Explaining why he created the yarmulke, Tokunbo said in a press release:
"While I was a youngster in Nigeria, Jews had a rather [fascinating] image. 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."