Written By: Rachel Narozniak
With its roots in the 70’s, “hip hop” developed in the South Bronx in New York, emerging as an underground urban movement that swiftly infiltrated neighborhood block parties and metropolitan communities. An area of artistic expression for African-American and Latino populations, the music industry would be revolutionized by hip hop, better known today as “rap.”
Dependent on lyrical rhyme schemes and steady beats, hip hop cultivated a distinct culture. As with each culture developed, hip hop had physical emblems, leading jewelry to become important in the stylistics of hip hop creators and performers. Rappers since the 70’s and have been infamous for their accessories, frequently sporting eye catching pieces intended to form an association between rapper and the given piece of jewelry—think Flavor Flav’s timepiece necklace.
The pieces worn by rappers intended to garner attention from onlookers, while simultaneously meant to function as symbols of the performers’ wealth, hip hop jewelry is perhaps the most invested in sparkle and shine than any other jewelry aesthetic today. A staple of the hip hop jewelry aesthetic is iced out jewelry, a look that conveys opulence and taste. Our website caters to all jewelry needs necessitated by hip hop style, including stud earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets, specifically designed to meet “bling bling” standards.
The chain has long been a staple of hip hop culture and dress, presented on our website in stunning quality. Our wide selection of chains appear in both gold and silver finishes, frequently joined by an attached pendant. The base chains joined by pendants of many designs—crosses, angels, queen crowns, stars, a basketball hoop, and headphones, among more—it’s impossible for our chain wearers to go unnoticed for their style. Our gold chain with an attached, iced out “Dope” pendant radiates personality, a favorite among our customers.
Our website likewise features a range of rings in both gold and silver options. As any hip hop fashion aficionado knows and knows well, a chain will be lonely if it is the sole piece of hip hop jewelry worn. Rings are complementary to the chains, bracelets, and earrings we feature on our website. The hands being one of the most visible parts of the body, wearing our ring styles conveys a belonging to the culture without the wearer needing to verbalize his pertinence.
Hip hop is more than just a genre of music; it’s a distinct style of fashion, unmistakable when donned.