Symere Bysil Woods, known as Lil Uzi Vert, recently revealed that his admirers seized the $24 million (Rs. 176 crores) pink diamond implanted in his forehead while he was crowd surfing at one of his concerts.
During his performance at the Rolling Loud Miami 2021 festival on July 23, Lil Uzi Vert shared with TMZ, “Whilst performing at Rolling Loud, I dived into the crowd and they forcibly removed it.” When asked how he was feeling by the reporter, he replied, “I’m feeling fine. I’m relieved that I still possess the diamond.”
In January, Uzi first mentioned the diamond in a tweet, disclosing that he had been making payments for a natural pink diamond created by a designer named Elliot Eliantte since 2017. He wrote, “The stone cost so much that I’ve been paying for it since 2017. That was the first time I saw a real natural pink diamond,” in the tweet. Petra Gems has detailed the extremely intricate process of determining the prices of such diamonds in an article.
He subsequently exhibited his colossal pink diamond piercing on his forehead in a video posted on Instagram a month later, where he has a following of more than 13 million people. At that time, he also displayed the sparkling new stone in videos on his Instagram Story.
According to Uzi, the diamond is around 11 carats and is worth more than all of his vehicles and house combined. When asked if the diamond surpasses the worth of all his cars, he responded to a fan via a tweet, “Yes, My Bugatti can’t even pay for it,” and further added, “Even All of my cars and my home can’t,” in his tweet.
Responding to a fan’s hope that the diamond “holds its value,” Lil Uzi Vert, with a kissy face emoji, wrote, “GIA Natural,” indicating the Gemological Institute of America.
It should be noted that it is still unclear whether the stone was intentionally removed or if it was due to the chaos at the local festival. Despite this, he still possesses the diamond; it’s just not attached to his head anymore, as he now has a barbell piercing in place of the diamond.
Although it doesn’t seem like Uzi viewed the situation gravely, he made it evident that inappropriately removing the diamond could be risky. He previously asserted in a tweet from February (now deleted) that removing the diamond without following the correct procedure could be fatal.
The Vision comparisons
The two-time Grammy nominee acquired the diamond piercing earlier this year, which quickly garnered attention as fans likened him to Marvel’s The Vision, an android member of the Avengers. The character gains his abilities from a magical gem embedded in his forehead.
Fans linked Lil Uzi’s mishap to Thanos extracting the gem from Vision’s head in Avengers: Infinity War, triggering another wave of Vision comparisons on social media this week. However, the comparisons may not be entirely accurate, considering that he has recovered his diamond and is “content.”
Despite regaining his momentarily lost diamond, he likely realized that not everything should be publicized, as doing so could be potentially perilous. This may explain why he no longer displays the 11-carat stone, despite initially implanting the diamond in his forehead under the impression that it would be secure there.