Listen to Austin 360 Radio

Beyoncé made her new "Lion King" inspired music video with help from an Austin jeweler

Johanna Gretschel
jgretschel@statesman.com

Austin jewelry designer Nina Berenato enjoyed the surprise of a lifetime this week when pop culture icon Beyoncé Knowles-Carter donned her custom face mask in her new music video for "Spirit," an original song inspired by the live-action remake of "The Lion King."

In her instagram stories, which have since expired, Berenato and her staff reacted to watching the video and seeing Queen Bey herself in their custom jewelry design.

"We created 10 of them, I'm assuming it's for her dancers," Berenato said in the instagram story, "but then Beyoncé is wearing one! Beyoncé is wearing one on her face! Literally!"

Berenato received the design request two weeks ago with a very strict deadline -- she needed to deliver 10 masks in just one day. But her team successfully pulled off the feat, shipped the jewelry overnight and the rest is history.

The custom 10k goldfill masks are available for purchase for $80 on Berenato's website

The designer got her start as a metalsmith's apprentice in Brooklyn. Her designs have appeared in Vogue, W and Cosmopolitan, and she has outfitted stars like Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and FKA Twigs. You can visit Berenato's flagship retail location at 3200 Palm Way #152 at Domain Northside.

Watch the "Spirit" video below.