Ben Baller has become synonymous with bling.

Over the past decade, the 46-year-old has established himself as one of the biggest names in the jewelry business, having created neck-snapping custom pieces for mega-stars like Kanye West, ASAP Rocky, Frank Ocean, Nas, the Weeknd, Mariah Carey, and Drake. His creativity and dedication to craftsmanship is unparalleled, which is why many people consider him the greatest jeweler ever. Ben agrees 100 percent with the assertions.

On Tuesday, Ben shared his list of the top 20 jewelers of all time. The post includes names like Jacob the Jeweler, Jason of Beverly Hills, Iceman Nick, Jimmy Boi, and King Johnny. But the No. 1 spot, of course, went to himself, as he believes he relied strictly on his talent—not by buying "corny" promotions—to build his reputation and inspire others in the industry.

"The greatest jewelers of all time is defined by how big an impact you made in the game. Not how many pieces you made, but how creative and crazy your custom work is/was," he explained. "Also how consistent your game is while always leveling up [...] How many jewelers turn down $50,000-$100,000 jobs? How many jewelers inspired other to want to also become jewelers? I think if you can answers those questions fairly then you know who the king is."

Ben also pointed to the pervasive discrimination within the jewelry business, and said there would be a lot more black jewelers if "the diamond and gold game wasn't so racist."

You can check out Ben's full list and comments below. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let’s discuss. The greatest jewelers of all time is defined by how big an impact you made in the game. Not how many pieces you made, but how creative and crazy your custom work is/was. Also how consistent your game is while always leveling up. Not by selling 500 iced out Cuban links or pre made diamond high end watches that were all set in China. By never being corny and buying ads on blogs. How many people outside the jewelry game recognize your work. A big jeweler could make someone famous or even more famous than they already were. I know 99% of the jewelers in the game now are out to get rich and can’t afford to take time off due to being worried about keeping up a mortgage or not being late on that Rolls Royce payment. But how many jewelers turn down $50,000-$100,000 jobs? 🤔 and lastly. How many jewelers inspired other to want to also become jewelers? I think if you can answers those questions fairly then you know who the king is. I also think if the diamond and gold game wasn’t so racist. There would be more great black jewelers out there like Chris Aire. There should be way more black jewelers for sure. Make sure you do NOT miss this weeks #BehindTheBaller jewelry podcast with @gregyuna because we’re gonna discuss everything you need to know about diamonds and the climate of the jewelry game 💎

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His list has already gotten comments from the likes of Fat Joe, who believed Ofir Ben Shimon and Avi Davidov of Pristine Jewelers should be on the top of the list while others believe TV Johnny is too low.

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