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The Jewelry Insider

January 13, 2011

Kanye West’s real diamond teeth are going to be hard for him to top in the bling department, but (lucky for us) that doesn’t mean the controversial rap artist won’t give it a go.

The latest carat-heavy Kanye creation to make news is a custom-made diamond Tiret watch that took over 5 months to make. Why is this particular ticker so worthy of our Kanye?

Perhaps it’s the 8 carats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds that make it sparkle? Or maybe the dial of the watch, itself, which is made of gleaming gold-colored mother-of-pearl? Or the fact that hot hip-hop entrepreneur, Damon Dash’s, company was in charge of the design?

No. The best part of West’s latest jewelry jones is that the watch face IS his own face. Yes, jewelry hounds, the 8-carats of diamonds are arranged in the shape of his own glasses-clad countenance.

And I was worried about his self esteem…

Apparently Kanye isn’t the only artist with confidence issues. In a ‘my watch face is blingier than your watch face’ move, the mighty Usher commissed Dash to make a timepiece with a price tag of $250,000.

I don’t even want to think what Lil’ Wayne would come away with…

West’s next venture is the highly anticipated (and aptly named) ‘Watch the Throne,’ a collaborative album with Jay-Z set to drop this week – or March 1st.


Celebrity Jewelry Gossip

Juicy celebrity jewelry tidbits are both naughty and nice this week. Here’s a blingy roundup:

Pete Doherty: Jewelry Designer/Jailbird

From the ‘Most Unlikely Celebrity to Launch a Jewelry Line’ category comes news that badboy Brit rocker and ex Kate Moss love, Pete Doherty, came out this week with a bauble collection for men. Just in time for his court appearance for drug possession.

The fifteen-piece range was inspired by “trinkets … ivory, cigarette tins, old cases, old glass,” Doherty told WWD between cigarette drags at the launch party. “It’s just a shame I can’t afford to buy them myself,” he sighed, referring to the $663 to $13,600 price range. “They cost a fortune.”

Courtney Love: Grrrl Rocker/Jewelry Thief

Just when you think her annoying self-destructive phase is over, Courtney Love never fails to self-sabatoge. This time she’s taken a page from the Lindsay Lohan play book by ‘losing’ borrowed jewelry from a celebrity jewelry house.

The Hole frontwoman was slapped with a lawsuit from Jacob & Co. for not returning jewelry worth nearly $114,000. According to USA Today, Love borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond pave hoop earrings on Sept. 21 from the New York jeweler – but only returned the bracelet. She now owes $113,700 for the oversight.

And all of us for the 30 seconds it took to read this post.

SouljaBoy: Rapper/Investment Specialist

What do Glenn Beck and SouljaBoy have in common? A penchant for dispersing investment advice, apparently. The rapper rivals Lil’ Wayne in the bling department, wearing jewelry creations that weigh more than a toddler.

When asked about his $3 million jewelry stash’s investment value, Mr. Boy told Sway from MTV,

“Gold is the best thing going, all the people that’s watching, honestly … all of my jewelry together … gold is where it’s at.”

Sharon Stone: Celebrity Charity Case

Joining the likes of Angelina Jolie and Christina Applegate, Sharon Stone is putting her name on a jewelry line for charity, according to Luxist.

Sharon Stone has been the face of Damiani jewelry since 2008 and collaborated with them on  a new line of jewelry, The Maji, that benefits the charity initiative, The Clean Water Project.

The collection is the first in the series of “Sharon Stone for Damiani” lines and features rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings with rough diamonds set on burnished gold or silver – each signed by the Cougar Queen herself.

Overacting lessons and oversized ego, not included.

It’s never dull in blingville, jewelry hounds. Send me your gem-filled gossip, and I’ll try to include it for my next roundup!

The Jewelry Insider

March 3, 2010

So no one wants to go to prison – particularly if you’re a gazillionaire rapper. But Lil’ Wayne apparently has luck and bad dental hygiene on his side these days as the sentencing hearing for his gun possesion charge dating back to 2007 has been postponed twice – and for two bizarre reasons.

The first was emergency dental work – a whopping 8 root canals – scheduled due to decay caused by his signature blinged out grill – a diamond, gold and platinum masterpiece worth a reported $150,000! Weezy – get the floss out dude!

No word yet on whether LW will get to bring his bling in the big house (Riker’s no less), as there are rules about bringing in valuables that can later be traded for cigarettes and the like.

So March 2nd was the re-scheduled sentencing date post oral surgery, but in a bizarre turn the courthouse caught on fire that morning causing yet another delay. According to Rolling Stone, it remains unclear whether Lil Wayne’s next hearing will be moved to another venue or postponed until a later date.

The Jewelry Insider

October 15, 2009

What to get a Grammy award-winning rapper who has everything? How about a $1 million Chopard diamond watch?Oh, and a $200,000 black diamond chain for good measure.

No whiff of an economic crisis in these parts, thank you very much…

The watch was a special-order gift purchased by Brian “Birdman” Williams, who is chief executive of the ‘aptly’ named Cash Money Records, the label that includes Lil Wayne as one of its featured artists.

So I am admittedly a little late to this party (the news of this outrageous display of blingy wealth went down late last month), but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the best part of this story for those of you who missed the shenanigans:

Not only did the cash king get millions in diamond jewelry to bring in his 27th year, he got a diamond-studded birthday cake to go with the flowing cases of Dom.

A diamond birthday cake? OK. Now I’ve heard everything.

What do you guys think of this crazy diamond display? Has the famous phrase, ‘Let Them Eat Cake’, taken on an entirely new meaning? Or if you got it? Flaunt it!