Hip hop cultures has had a wide impact on sense of style and fashion of people. Much of what is “Cool” today derived from the world of Hip Hop. Jewelry has been particularly impacted by Hip Hop.
Bling is now more commonly used to refer definitely used to refer specifically to flashy kinds of jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, watches, body jewelry, rings and grillz (braces and caps for the teeth). Of course, it can also include other accessories such as smart phones or even jeweled glasses or purses. Bling is commonly associated with diamonds and other precious gems, and precious metal such as gold and platinum. This term has become so universally accepted it was actually added to Webster’s Dictionary in 2002.
Hip Hop has made ornate jewelry as famous for man and women. The fame of Hip Hop culture and bling has drawn a lot more attention to larger pieces that are selected to become the center of focus, not to just add to the overall outfit. Hip hop artists can be seen on music videos sporting huge link chains in gold and platinum with large diamond and gem crusted pendants. The designs and styles are specifically created for men, with heavier weight and larger scale.
Bling is big, bling is flashy and bling is mean to impress to the people around you. It also symbolizes success. The use of various symbols including dollar signs, ornate crosses and other religious symbols, gambling symbols, and even different breeds of dogs and animals are all popular within the Hip Hop jewelry world.
Bracelets and necklaces tend to be very large link or dog collar-type chains, however solid bracelets are also very popular for both men and women. Rings tend to be chunky, wide, and feature multiple small diamond chips or several larger diamonds, either real diamonds or cubic zirconia, depending on your budget, in elaborate patterns and designs. There is a general sense of more is better with regards to wearing Bling. Rarely will you find any piece being worn alone. More typically, pieces are worn in multiples.
Jewelry designers outside the Hip Hop world have incorporated the concepts of large, heavy, and sparkling elements into their own jewelry lines. Over the last ten years jewelry styles have definitely been impacted by the Bling style, becoming larger, bulkier, and more ornate. You can now find Bling-style jewelry everywhere from fine jewelry designers to department stores. Available gold bling jewelry are offered in wide ranges from the high-end, in gold and platinum with genuine gems to the more reasonable, in splendid silver with simulated gems. Today, everyone can sport their own Bling.