Recently, the fidget spinner has officially been elevated to new heights. Ben Baller and IF & Co. recently blessed the world with our latest custom creation for Colombian reggaeton extraordinaire J Balvin, and it’s truly something special. It’s a gold Murakami flower pendant that’s covered in carefully selected colorful gemstones — and yes — this fidget spinner piece actually spins.
J Balvin wouldn’t be happy with just one gold Murakami flower pendant, so he had the team here at IF & Co. make two. One fidget spinner piece is crafted in 18K white gold and the other in 18K rose gold. Each pendant is diligently encrusted with a stunning array of multi-colored gemstones, including rubies, sapphires, and colored diamonds, with each Murakami spinner piece holding just over 9 carats of diamonds and multi-colored gemstones.
Both pendants also include matching, handcrafted 18-karat Hermès link chains to push each piece over the top.
Takashi Murakami is a living legend. Once named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," his instantly recognizable superflat style has brought joy and inspiration to contemporary art fans worldwide for decades. Commonly recurring motifs in Murakami’s work include mushrooms, skulls, and of course the iconic smiling flower.
J Balvin is an internationally acclaimed reggaeton artist from Medellin, Colombia. Since signing to EMI Colombia in 2009, he’s continued to top the charts. The artist has collaborated with pop music royalty, including Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, Major Lazer, Rick Ross, Pitbull, and plenty of others.
When referencing his gold Murakami flower pendants on Instagram, J Balvin said, "I'm just a big kid, with nice toys."
We couldn’t be more thrilled to see what J Balvin will do next with his career. We’re sure he’s going to treasure his gold Murakami flower pendant set for a lifetime, and that’s what really makes the jewelry industry so special. Collaborations like this one transcend art and music, forming lasting bonds that shape the future of pop culture.
Ben Baller cut his teeth as a music record executive before gaining his reputation and mass popularity as a jeweler today. With over 20 years in music and entertainment culture, he is able to recognize what today’s biggest stars want, and provide it tenfold together with IF & Co. With the vision in mind, IF & Co. then executes the vision and brings it to reality.
IF & Co.’s diverse client list includes the industry’s biggest names, including Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Drake, and Nas – just to name a few. Owning an exclusive IF & Co. piece is no small honor and our team ensures every piece made is unique and meaningful in the most creative way.
For inquiries on creating your own customized piece, get in touch with the team right here.