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Hip-Hop Jewelry

B.G – Bling Bling (Feat. Hot Boys)

“Every time I come around your city Bling Bling, Pinky ring worth about 50 Bling Bling” chanted Lil Wayne on B.G’s 1999 smash hit Bling Bling. I’m not altogether sure they knew what they were starting, but nevertheless, Bling Bling, Ice, Jewelry… whatever you want to call it, is bigger and more iconic in Hip-hop than ever.

One of the main things that attracts me to Hip-Hop as a genre and lifestyle is the creativity. Be it fashion, attitude, cars, alcohol or jewelry, anything that becomes popular to the masses can be mainly attributed to Hip-hop and the never ending creativity that comes out of it.

I realize that this piece will most likely perpetuate the negative perception of Rap artists in certain individuals, however for those with this opinion, I challenge you to take look at things differently.

Jewelry is an extension, an accessory, a statement. There is a new bread of Jewelers who cater to the Hip-hop industry, and the pieces that they are creating are absolutely mind blowing. When Hip-hop first became popular, chains and pendants were very simple – yellow Gold with white Diamonds. In 2010 the sky is the limit when creating a custom piece. New stones, creative cuts, vivid clarity and precise moldings allow for these innovative accessories to come to life.

There are a number of celebrity Jewelers that (if you are a fan of hip-hop) you have most likely heard of. Some of the outrageous pieces seen on rappers like Rick Ross, and T-Pain can be credited to the likes of Johnny Dang. Other pieces seen on Kanye West, R-Kelly and Diddy are custom made by New York Jewelry King Jacob Arabo.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting a custom Jeweler from Toronto. Aside from being a stand-up guy, he happens to be extremely good at what he does. His company Eric Petersen Design specializes in fine custom pieces. His collection is more understated and much less gaudy than a lot of the jewelry worn by rappers today. It remains classy, timeless and elegant, all attributes that some would argue are essential in any fine jewelry.

I will always appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship that goes into big, flashy pieces. However being a white kid from Oakville, who doesn’t have a $500,000 budget (but loves jewelry), Eric’s exquisite collection is more conducive to the size of my wallet.

Comments

  • Jon.Godfrey

    Hahahahaha! Jokes!!! Yo the first custom pieces I remember were those Death Row chains, and they are still tuff!!!

    Eric is the truth though and I can’t wait to invest in his product and get Dreamland flossed out!!! HOLLA @ ME SLIIIIIIIIIME!!!

    • Anonymous

      And the criss cross clocks ahaha!

  • John Gerontzos

    Just call me the Slick Rick the Ruler of this chain-game homie! Nice piece (no pun)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    ‘cuz if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it’ hehe
    love the pictures!
    love my accessories ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anastasia-Gordon/557955297 Anastasia Gordon

    yeeeeeeeahhhhhh eric !!!

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