Everyone has seen hip hop jewelry, which ranges from jumbo dookie rope chains to iced out diamond crosses and ridiculously bright watches. You’ve seen it worn by all the hottest stars like P Diddy, 50 cent, Kanye West and others at music award shows, in music videos, and in even in public. Now, with the availability of replica styles on the internet, you even see your friends wearing bling jewelry. You may wonder what is the fascination and why everyone is buying it. To answer that, we have to dig deep and rediscover the roots of this lasting trend.
Jewelry as a Status Symbol
First and foremost, it is a status symbol. Hip hop jewelry is made with large amounts of precious metal like gold and platinum then laced with rare gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Because of this, it is very expensive, more so than most other types of jewelry. This makes it a status symbol because only a select few can afford to wear it. Within hip hop, it is a symbol of success and hard work. Not many fans and stars come from rich backgrounds. Most of us have to work hard and ride out the hustle in hopes of a brighter future. Along the way, some hip hop jewelry is a reward as well as a constant reminder of how far we’ve come.
It is a fashion statement as well. Much like the clothes you wear and the shoes you buy, hip hop jewelry says a lot about you. With tons of designs to choose from, there is something that fits you style. Most bling exudes attitude. It screams out I am a unique individual and I don’t care what you think. This is why the stars keep buying bigger and crazier pieces, regardless of how ridiculous it looks. The bottom line is that is their preference and it reflects their unique personalities, anyone who objects probably can’t afford to buy it anyway.
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by Robby C