We chat to Mordechai and Leor Yerushalmi about the jewelry pieces they have custom-made for Mayweather throughout the years.
When Floyd Mayweather struts around the casinos, clubs and restaurants of Las Vegas, he’s invariably wearing something large and shiny. Clearly, bling-loaded accoutrements and championship belts go together quite nicely. He acquires the latter in the ring and the former at a local precious-goods mainstay called The Jewelers of Las Vegas. His go-to guy there is Leor Yerushalmi, a man who knows the champ’s predilections for diamonds, rubies, and gold. “I’ve made a lot of cool things for Floyd and saw his tastes change over the years,” says Yerushalmi, 37, whose father Mordechai founded the shop in 1976. “He’s grown as a person and as a brand.” Leor says that the champ’s taste in jewelry reflects that evolution: “What he buys has gotten more mature. He’s buying investments and limited editions rather than big pieces that are more showy.”
Here, we take a close look at Floyd Mayweather’s most sparkling acquisitions.
One day Mayweather strolled into the shop and expressed a desire for a necklace that paid homage to one of his favorite car brands: Ferrari. Leor got to work, producing a pendant that resembles the automobile manufacturer’s famed equine logo. “We made a huge horse, encrusted with yellow and black and white diamonds,” remembers Leor. “It was complicated, fun, and unique: a total one-of-a-kind item. Most jewelers would have viewed the piece as being impossible to make. It was six- to eight-inches long and looked lifelike. Floyd was amazed at how well it turned out.” Cost: $350,000.
Mayweather turned a hangout at the store into a stunning piece with hanging diamonds. As Leor remembers it, he and Mayweather were sitting around, looking at pricy jewels, considering their fine points and blue-skying on a fresh necklace for his collection. “He’s very creative and very good at design,” says Leor. “We worked together and came up with a pendant that has an 8-karat round diamond on top, a 12-karat round below and a 15-katat pear-shaped diamond on the bottom. He wears it with an all-diamond chain.” Recalling the collaboration, Leor says, “It’s great to work with somebody who has Floyd’s kind of mind.” Cost: A little bit more than $1-million.
It started simple: a rosary-style necklace made from 2-karat round diamonds. Mayweather wore it for a while. Then, one day, he brought the precious item to Leor and asked a simple question: How can we dress it up? The process began with the addition of 5-karat stones to the necklace itself and a couple of more stones dangling down from the bottom. “Then we did a big cross with 2- to 5-karat diamonds,” remembers Leor. “We sat in the store and talked about different things–jewelry related, family related, whatever–before coming up with this one.” Cost: $2- to $2.5-million.
Other items of note have included boxing gloves (with his children's initials done in rubies and diamonds) as well as multiple Audemars-Piguet wristwatches, slathered in special-cut diamonds and going for $1.4-million each. Considering the unique taste-level of Mayweather, it’s easy to wonder whether his desires have ever TKOed the Yerushalmi’s capabilities. With a tone of satisfaction, Leor responds, “We’ve been able to do everything Floyd Mayweather has asked for.”
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