Few days back, American rapper Lil Uzi Vert, revealed a huge 10-carat pink diamond was embed in the middle of his forehead.
Few days later, Lil Uzi shared a post in a now-deleted tweet which appeared to be blood dripping from beneath the piercing running down his nose, captioning “If I don’t get it took out the right way, I could die 😂 …..No seriously.”
The rapper later posted another clip of himself without the blood and the diamond still intact. He wrote, “Ok we good”
He later added: “I’m literally tryna turn into a Diamond 💎 ”
So how did he manage to put a $24 Million 10-carat diamond on his forehead?
Well, as noted by GQ, it is possible to embed gems in any part of the body. Piercer Sean Dowdell told GQ it could be done using small metal post with a thin, wide base that gets anchored under the skin. This technique, which is called a microdermal or transdermal implant (depending on the size of the anchor foot), exposes a threaded post that jewelry can be screwed onto. It typically only works for objects up to about eight millimeters. Uzi’s pink diamond is…much larger than that. A bigger, heavier gem risks bending the post or causing infection—in one of the better scenarios. The worst? “If he got hit in the face, it would rip half his forehead off,” Dowdell says.
An unsteady night of sleep or even a kiss at the wrong angle can cause the body to reject a surface piercing, which could take over a year to heal.
But there’s another way Lil Uzi could have done this: Stick the diamond to his head like a fridge magnet. Dowdell says the safer option for heavy pieces like Lil Uzi’s diamond is to magnetize the posts or even subdermally implant a small magnet underneath his skin. This would let Uzi more easily remove the gem at night—or, say, wash his face or put a shirt on. Like those fancy Apple laptop chargers, if the diamond were dislodged it would fall off Uzi’s face, rather than being ripped off.
But Uzi seemed to refer to the diamond being firmly attached, which, combined with some shots where it looked slightly off-center, leads us to believe that thing is likely on there with more than some charged ions. So why would someone risk his forehead skin to attach himself permanently to a $24 million gem? Probably to prioritize the diamond’s own safety: Dowdell says that if Uzi used magnets, a heavy piece like that would probably fall off if he jumped around enough. Uzi, who said on an Instagram Live that he’d spent three years saving up for the piece and that it cost more than his cars and house combined, probably just wanted a surefire way to keep it safe.
If risking forehead skin for the sake of jewelry seems like an uncertain decision, keep in mind that we’re talking about a $24 million forehead diamond. It’s uncharted territory.