Have you ever noticed the kid in the mall wearing a chain and cross gleaming with what looks like diamond jewelry? They aren’t diamonds, of course and they may not be kids. In today’s Hip Hop age we are facing an explosion of interest in these “fake” diamonds better known as cubic zirconia.
Hip Hop fans of all ages are imitating their rap idols in their adornment of the most flamboyant types of jewelry accessories. A whole new genre of style and design has been established as a result with its own language and boundaries.
Rise Of The Hip Hop Fashion
The prolific rise of the rap industry as a mainstay in our cultural landscape is undeniable. People of all races, economic backgrounds and various regions of the world have been affected. Hip Hop has transcended its roots in the underground and has long since crossed over into the mainstream.
This phenomenon has created various industries specializing in all things Hip Hop. Wearing a chain or donning some shiny earrings symbolizes the promotion of the Hip Hop lifestyle. It bellows out the success of an individual in the ability to procure these expensive items. Diamonds and gold have become the ornaments of Hip Hop, the outwardly physical manifestation of wealth.
Many of us have seen music videos starring rappers such as Nelly, 50 cent and Eminem. They are usually equipped with the finest women, the fastest cars and the most heavily diamond laced jewelry. This trend started early in Hip Hop as commercially successful rap legends such as LL Cool J sported thick gold chains drawing the attention of all Hip Hop fans across the world. Here was the beginning of the establishment of a cultural trend spanning from fashion to language.
Have you heard of terms such as bling, grillz and iced out? You might know what some of these terms mean even if you’re not a rap fan. These are words used to describe the various states of diamond jewelry. You’re diamond watch is definitely blinging (shining, glittering). If you ever win the lottery you might consider having diamonds attached to your teeth representing your grillz.
Or you could buy a heavily iced out pendant to match your bling watch and your frosty grillz. And so on and so forth. Ok, so let’s go back to that kid in the mall with the chain. He’s probably working at Burger King and won’t be cashing any stocks soon that would allow him to purchase a pair of 1CT princess cut diamond earrings worth $5,000. Instead, he is going for the next best thing. The “fake” diamond, otherwise know as cubic zirconia.
Cubic Zirconia can be easily mistaken for a diamond. In fact, one factor in identifying a cubic zirconia stone is noting it’s brilliance. CZ stones are actually more brilliant, more symmetrical and exhibit more fire(the dispersion of white light into a rainbow of colors) than real diamonds. CZ forms naturally although the type used in jewelry is man made. Generally, the best CZ is produced in labs in Russia.
So why are diamonds so much more valuable? The popularity of diamonds as a wearable gemstone increased in the 19th century as cutting and polishing practices improved. Diamonds had primarily been used industrially as they are able to cut through most materials until this time. Diamonds are the hardest gemstones known to many making them scratch resistant and easily polished.
Regardless of the value of diamonds vs. CZ, economically there is no comparison. In order for those Hip Hop fans to achieve the look and feel of their idols they have turned invariably to cubic zirconia.
10kt Yellow Gold Mens Round Diamond Flared Cross Charm Pendant 1/6 Cttw
10kt Yellow Gold
I2-I3 clarity; J-K color
Length: 43.5 mm — ( 1.71 inches ) ; Width: 21.5 mm (.85 inches ) — 4.16 grams (approx.)
Gift box included.
Trends change even faster than the weather sometimes. The hip hop jewelry fashions bear full testimony that this statement is true. As per the definition of the hip hop jewelry – it all started in the 1980s when people all of a sudden took a closer look at their stars (music celebrities) and decided to imitate them off the stage.
The eighties saw the trend moving towards African style of dressing and the jewelry followed suit. The hat, which was worn a bit on the eyes, was also the craze during this period. The colors which dominated those times were the red, black and green (symbols of African brotherhood).
The 90s saw ushered in a great deal of bright colored clothes and rap music capturing the market. The millennium again saw the trend changing towards more individualistic looks and paler looking clothes and hairdos.
The hip-hop fashion, as this imitation of stars is called, affected the jewelry market as well. The 80’s saw the people wearing ropes of plain gold with the standard goodwill (African) colors – red, black and green in order to show solidarity between the African populations throughout the world.
The nineties saw the introduction of platinum in the repertoire of hip hop jewelry as more and more stars (music) started wearing and flaunting it. As the platinum hip hop jewelry gathered momentum in the market, the silver hip hop jewelry made a great come-back after about of 10-15 years of dormancy.
The platinum hip hop jewelry was usually adorned with diamonds and fashioned mostly in religious type symbols which some still consider not in a very good taste. Music continued to be the centre of the attraction in the world and along with the hip hop jewelry and aligned fashioned is prospering.
Today, the hip hop jewelry has an added item, the diamond. The platinum jewelry with diamond is now the in-thing. As a result, silver hip hop jewelry with zircon set in the style of platinum has hit a new high. People, prefer for their daily use silver over the gold-plated jewelry that was just a decade back highly famous and in demand. It remains to be seen what the future holds for us tomorrow.
Whatever be the existing trend the hip hop jewelry is here to stay since the youngsters particularly love its versatility and the accentuated fashion statement it makes.
Genuine Real 14K Yellow Gold Solid African Mask Zulu Nation Charm Pendant Hip Hop Style
AUTHENTIC GENUINE 14K SOLID YELLOW GOLD
BEZEL SET RUBY STONES: 0.66 CT
The creation and history of the African Mask is one steeped in meaning and tradition. The art of carving the African mask was often taught to young men who were apprenticed to master carvers. In other cases, the art of making masks and sculptures to be used in spiritual ceremonies was passed down in families from one generation to the next. Rich with symbolic meaning, the African mask was treasured for its spiritual quality, as opposed to its aesthetic appearance.
Pendant Length: 2.75 Inches. Width: 1
Weight: approximately 88.0 Grams
Silver jewelry is quickly becoming very popular in today’s fashions, and with good reason. Here is a brief discussion of all the reasons why silver jewelry just might be the best choice for your next outfit.
Silver A Great Color
Unlike the very popular yellow gold, silver jewelry doesn’t have the harsh, red or yellow undertones that can clash with some of your outfits. The subtle silver color of a fine piece of silver jewelry will look wonderful with everything from jeans to a hunter green evening gown. Placing a pair of simple silver studs in your ears can go a long way to at a bit of fun sophistication to just about any outfit you can imagine.
Silver Jewelry Compliments Your Skin
One of the great things about silver jewelry is that just about anyone can wear it next to the skin and it still looks great. If you’re an African American woman, you know that the cool look of silver is a great contrast to your warm skin tone. And the color of the silver jewelry also adds a great glow to those with a lighter skin tone.
Price Is Right
If you pay attention to the price of precious metals, you know that the price of yellow gold is getting close to about $800 per troy ounce. Silver, on the other hand, is priced somewhere between $12 and $20 per troy ounce. If you were investing in the precious metals, you would definitely want to go with gold, but as a buying of silver jewelry, having a lower cost for the initial investment makes purchasing your favorite pieces of jewelry that much easier.
A Surprisingly Great Investment
Silver jewelry is one of those items that simply don’t go out of style. If you think back to your grandmother or grandfather, chances are they had a few pieces of quality silver jewelry located in various places around the house. I also bet that if you found a ring or two in that old house, picked them up, cleaned them and placed them on your finger, they would look just as good as they did thirty, fifty or even a hundred years ago.
Silver has a staying power that is hard to match in any other type of precious metal out there.
Endless Gemstone Possibilities
Think of your favorite gemstone. Now imagine it in a silver jewelry setting. Odds are it would look like it belonged there from day one. Silver has a cool, subtle look to it that allows the fire of just about any gemstone to be highlighted in a way that makes just about everyone take notice.
Silver jewelry can accent your skin and clothes, bring just about every gemstone to a fiery life, and still are within the average person’s budget. Why wouldn’t you want to have this type of jewelry in your jewelry box at home?
Moritz Glik “Kaleidescope” Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18k Yellow Gold, Diamond, and Created Sapphire Cuff Bracelet
“Kaleidescope” cuff in textured sterling silver studded with rose-cut diamonds and featuring brilliant-cut diamonds enclosed in large created sapphire.
Silver in its pure form is too soft for jewelry or any other use. Although objects identified as silver, sterling silver, solid silver or sterling has to contain 92.5 percent pure silver according to federal standards, the small amount of other metal helps make the alloy strong enough to use. Usually sterling silver contains copper for strength. Unfortunately, the copper is what causes sterling silver jewelry to tarnish requiring the right kind of care and cleaning.
Storing Sterling Silver Jewelry
Specially treated bags and cloths are available for the storing of sterling silver jewelry to prevent tarnishing while in grandmothers jewelry box. Other products like jewelry boxes are also available to keep the jewelry from making contact with air which reacts to the copper content and causes the discoloration. Sterling silver jewelry that is worn frequently will resist tarnish if it is rinsed and dried regularly. Careful storage is most necessary for pieces that are rarely worn. Frequent wearing will also develop a patina that will give an aged but not tarnished look. If you like this patina, be careful with the sterling silver jewelry that is developing it since cleaning will remove it.
Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry
Many products are available to clean sterling silver. The most important aspect to look for is non-abrasive cleaner. Always avoid anything that will scratch your jewelry. Also avoid letting your sterling silver jewelry make contact with a metal sink as it can cause scratching. If you are using a polish, make sure it hasn’t dried up since it will become abrasive.
Tarnish is easiest to remove when it is just starting. The longer it tarnishes, the darker it becomes and the more difficult it is to remove. Some products offer protection from tarnishing. This is a good idea unless, as before, it might be abrasive.
Old sterling silver jewelry may show a purplish color even after cleaning. This is called firestain and occurs because of processes no longer used to make sterling silver. If it shows up, don’t try to remove it. Firestain is a part of the piece and cannot be removed. Trying to clean it away can damage your sterling silver jewelry.
Fine sterling silver jewelry is an investment that can become an heirloom. If you take care to store it properly and clean it, when needed, according to directions you will be doing your best to protect your beautiful investment.
Weiman Silver Wipes for Cleaning and Polishing Silver Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Silver Plate and Fine Antique Silver – 20 count
Long-Lasting Shine – Weiman Silver Wipes are formulated with the finest ingredients that keep silver and metal beautiful for years to come
Use on All Your Silver – They are safe and effective for use on all types of silver including silverware, sterling silver, silver plate, silver jewelry and fine antique silver
Restore Silver – Take your silver from tarnished and dull to free of tarnish to clean, shiny and impressive with these convenient wipes
Package includes 20 wipes each 5.5” x 7.9”
All types of metal can be used in jewelry, either in a nearly pure form or as part of an alloy. Modern techniques can bring out the beauty in any metal and make it safe for the wearer and secure for any gem stones that are part of the piece. Currently, popular styles include titanium jewelry.
The Advantages Of Titanium
Titanium jewelry made of high grade metal is virtually indestructible, light weight and has shown no harmful effects to the body. Unlike the softer gold, titanium is one of the strongest of all metals used for jewelry.
Unlike nickel, there has been no evidence of allergies or skin discoloration. It is comparatively inexpensive. The color is similar to silver or white gold and is attractive for both sleek masculine jewelry and embellished feminine pieces.
It can also be colored for an interesting effect. The non-allergic quality of titanium jewelry makes it popular for use in body jewelry. The popularity of body piercing for jewelry has increased its use. Whether in finger rings or in pierced tongue jewelry, titanium has never been more popular.
Titanium Jewelry Safety
The need for hypoallergenic materials in jewelry used in pierced body parts has made titanium jewelry very fashionable. From eyebrow rings to tongue barbells, titanium jewelry is easy to find. If you are looking for jewelry to be used in this way, familiarize yourself with manufacturers and vendors to find the most trustworthy pieces. An infection is easier to prevent than to treat.
A warning about a danger in titanium rings has circulated. The story is that emergency personnel don’t have equipment to cut a titanium ring from a finger safely in case of an accident. Not surprisingly, this is an urban legend. Firefighters and emergency room attendees are equipped with cutters that will penetrate titanium jewelry as easily as any other kind.
With a bit of education, it is easy to acquire titanium jewelry that will last for ages of fashionable, functional wear.
7.5mm 3 Princess Cut Diamond Titanium & 14 Karat Yellow Gold Wedding Band Ring
This designer titanium and yellow gold band is definitely a masterpiece. 3 sparkling SI clarity, GH color brilliant diamond totaling 0.39 carats adorn this band. Measuring 7.5mm wide, this comfort fit band will definitely be the talk of the town. The ultimate in craftmanship and quality. NOTE: This wedding band is custom made to order. This ring is also available in a variation of metals, colors & widths. Available metals include all gold types, platinum, palladium, titanium and steel. Please contact customer service with any questions, for a free ring sizer or any special order requests.