World’s blingi­est kip­pah


THESE DAYS you can get a kip­pah in prac­ti­cally any colour and de­sign you might de­sire. But un­til now, if you wanted one with 3,500 Swarovski crys­tals and two carat D colour flaw­less di­a­monds, you’d have searched in vain.

For­tu­nately Nige­rian-born artist Toks Daniel has come to your res­cue — if you have a spare £125,000.

Just log on to lux­ury shop­ping site where, for an ask­ing price of a mere $167,000, you can pur­chase the ul­ti­mate in os­ten­ta­tion.

Mr Daniel — who says the kip­pah took a fort­night to make — ex­plains that he has al­ways been fas­ci­nated with things Jewish. “While I was a young­ster in Nige­ria, Jews had a rather ex­otic im­age,” he says. “The more I have since been ex­posed to Jews and Ju­daism, the more I have be­come en­am­oured with its rit­u­als, prin­ci­ples and aes­thet­ics.

“My Yar­mulke de­sign is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of my en­chant­ment with the re­li­gion.”

The crys­tals are set in a Star of David de­sign topped with di­a­monds sup­plied by Robert Good­man, based in Lon­don’s Hat­ton Gar­den.

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­cel Kno­bil, the web­site’s founder, “This re­mark­able kip­pah is si­mul­ta­ne­ously a spec­tac­u­lar item of head­wear and a scin­til­lat­ing work of art.

“How­ever, we can’t guar­an­tee that it en­hances the like­li­hood of one’s prayers be­ing an­swered.”

The own­ers say they will make a £1,000 do­na­tion to Chabad Lubav­itch of Nige­ria from the pro­ceeds.

Which de­pends, of course, on there be­ing some­one will­ing to spend £125,000 on a kip­pah. Af­ter all, it would make some­one a fine Chanukah present...


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