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A $1,495 Yarmulke?

Organized religion rarely experiences good publicity when it comes to making fashion statements, at least not since Pope Benedict's red Prada shoes incident in 2005. For Judaism, however, besides having the likes of stylist (new mother and uber-Jew) Rachel Zoe and designer Marc Jacobs as some of the religion's unofficial spokespersons, they haven't seen much publicity (at least not since Jean Paul Gaultier's 1993 show inspired by Hasidic attire).

Well, now the religion has something to celebrate on top of Passover: Young and ng, a couture jewelry company founded by New Zealander Michelle Ng, has introduced a newly forged interpretation of an essential Jewish wardrobe accessory -- the Yarmulke Crown or kippah. Recently gracing the pages of the glossy Vogue Japan, the headpiece (available in gold, gunmetal or antique gold with red Swarovski crystals) has marked a fashionable milestone for the 4,000-year-old faith (give or take a few years).

Young and ng's Yamaka Crown will turn Passover into much more than "The Festival of the Unleavened Bread." But it'll require a truly devout Jew (and a pious wallet) to pay for the brushed-metal accessory, pricing in around $1,495. With that amount of money, you could buy around 352 boxes of Matzo mix.


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