Gold: Kanye West at the BET Awards, Van Cleef & Arpels’ New Perlée Line

Put Some Bling on ItAt the BET Awards in late June, Kanye West stole the spotlight (again), but at least it wasn’t for interrupting a starlet’s acceptance speech. The overconfident hip-hop star donned a massive 24k gold custom-made ring and pendant with a total value of $300,000, according to Jacob & Co., the maker of the oversize jewelry. The New York City–based brand worked with West for six weeks on the sketches, designs, and pro­totypes; the production phase took three months. The necklace motif is based on the Egyptian god Horus, the god of the sky, war, and protection, the latter clearly made possible with the help of the spiked knuckleduster. The ring contains 500 grams of gold, and the necklace contains 4,054 grams of gold—fitting for the man who spun the hit single “Gold Digger.” —Jennifer HeebnerScales of JusticeOfficers from the New Jersey Office of Weights

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