Imagine making an entrance wearing a dollar sign pendant encrusted with diamonds and strung on a gold or platinum barrel link-necklace. Or a Machiavelli crucifix or a Run DMC rope chain all shouting out diamonds and and more diamonds. Without second thought, bling is sure to catch the attention, fancy and also the envy of all those who lay their eyes on you. Hip Hop jewelry has come to be synonymous with the glitz, glamor and success of the music and fashion worlds. Be it genuine or imitation, the alluring appeal of glittering brocades of iced out jewelry that are also termed as "the shiznit" are a part of a trend that looks like it's here to stay.
Heavy, chunky and glitzy, studded jewelry has been around for several years now. However, in recent times, there have been many, many rap stars such as 50 Cent and others, sporting a Hip Hop chain and a heavy gold bracelet, taking this form of jewelry to the heights of its popularity. With the likes of Snoop Doggy Dogg and other veterans in rap, Hip Hop and also rambunctious newcomers such as Lil 'Wayne sporting such attractive pieces of jewelry, ignoring the glamor of silver, gold, platinum and diamonds in the form of enviable chunks of jewelry is going to be extremely difficult, if not impossible. And now, the fashion statement has even reached out to the masses, with Hip Hop jewelry terms such as the iced out bracelets and bullet chains becoming common names in the household. Hip Hop chains and dental grills made of gold and diamonds take their place in the wish lists of many youngsters who idolize these superstars.
It's not just men who are intent on picking up and following this raging fashion trend. Definitely, and not surprisingly, it's not just the men who want to show off their Hip Hop gold chains. Lil 'Kim will always be remembered for her perfect portrait of the alter ego in the promo pictures of "Dancing with the Stars" on ABC. Dressed in an unforgettable silver coin outfit, she ravished her bling appeal, but it was not quite the usual expression inspired by the ghetto. No Hip Hop necklace, Mercedes pendant or iced out bracelet is any match to jewelry designed out of any kind of precious / semi-precious metal that not only takes the shape of money, but also almost covers the entire body.