When the first introduction of the “Rap” style hit the music industry, few would have predicted that the impact of “Hip-Hop” culture would go mainstream. But it definitely has done exactly that, as seen by the increasing number of celebrities showing off their “Bling-Bling”, the standard term for hip hop jewelry. The upsurge in popularity of this particular style of jewelry, owes its claim to fame to the recording artists whose reputation was built on sporting expensive, flashy rings, pendants and earrings. In fact, this term has become so widely used, that the Oxford Dictionary has included it, along with “jiggy” and “phat”. Credits for this term go the Hip-Hop artist B.G, who recorded a 1999 hit song that brought “Bling-Bling” as a popular catchphrase into the mainstream.There is no doubt about the broad appeal of the hip-hop jewelry style, it plays well on our human desire to be seen and by extension, when you have “bling-bling” it also refers to obvious and appealing wealth. While hip-hop fashion, the distinctive style of dress originating from urban culture, is only one element of this lifestyle, the attention given to the jewelry of this movement has far outpaced that of the clothes.But truth be told, the wearing of large, extravagant jewelry was popular with artists like Elvis Presley and Tom Jones, a long time before hip-hop became the current cultural phenomenon, but it has completely altered the jewelry market of today. Because fans want to emulate their favorite celebrities and jewelry has always been at the top of the list when it comes to making a big impression. In today’s age of instant information, the hip-hop jewelry scene changes as fast as the record chart hits and the reputation of many celebrities can be boosted or deflated by who is wearing the most fashionable “Bling-Bling”.There is an abundance of designs to choose from when it comes to hip-hop jewelry, all made with one point in mind; to catch the eye and attract attention. “Bling-Bling” can be seen on celebrities when they appear in music videos, on the catwalk or on the red carpet. From the late-1990s, hip-hop artists began wearing platinum jewelry, adding more than a little flash to their marketing material. After platinum replaced gold as the most popular precious metal in hip-hop fashion, fans and artists began to compete to see who could wear the most outrageous “bling-bling” of platinum often with a dazzling display of diamonds. Hip-Hop performers began to take their bragging rights directly from who was wearing the most platinum jewelry.Now with an ever growing community on the internet, the mainstream acceptance of hip-hop jewelry is confirmed. There are hip-hop jewelry web sites offering completely ‘iced-out’ bling-bling; rings, bracelets or watches, encrusted to the hilt with real or faux diamonds. And the latest money daze of hip-hop jewelry is the so-called ‘spinner’ watches and rings. The influence of hip-hop has even extended to the world of dentistry; platinum fronts are in demand, some going as far as to replace their own teeth with an entire mouthful of permanent platinum teeth. Others who have opted for a little more modest display have their dentists create platinum grills-removable metal jeweled teeth coverings.
Its popular on that special day to give anniversary jewelry to your partner and lucky for you there is a wide range and variety of jewelry on the market to give.Anniversary rings can make a hit for their symbolism in reaffirming the relationship and your commitment with your partner. Plus you can look around for or if you have the money have a ring made that perfectly suits your partner’s sense of style. Rings of unusual sorts are fast becoming high sellers in the jewelry market. There are rings designed for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac, rings that contain new and exciting precious and semi precious stones from exotic locales such as Tanzanite and rings that are designed to make the best use of unusual metals.These same exotic designs, metals and stones are utilized in other types of jewelry. Many women love to keep up with the latest styles in necklaces. You could easily dazzle your partner with a simple 24kt gold chain and a pendant made up of diamond, rose quartz, amethyst or other stone. The stones don’t always need to be diamonds and rubies to make the perfect gift. Pick out a semi-precious stone that matches the color of your partner’s eyes or the style of clothing they consistently wear. This applies to stones in all types of jewelry for both sexes.Watches make an excellent piece of jewelry to give men. They can be both practical and stylish. If you like you can go all out and pick up an expensive name brand watch, but not all of us can afford such things and there are certainly some fine quality watches available that aren’t high end. The best thing with watches is that you can have the underside inscribed with a message for your loved one.