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
Cubic zirconia can be made into any style of jewelry imaginable. One of the styles you might not have considered is the Victorian antique style of jewelry. Victorian style antique jewelry can be purchased with a cubic zirconia instead of a diamond.
In Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria came the Victorian jewelry period. It started in 1836 and ran through 1901. The designs of the Victorian era were spurred by the Queen’s love for her husband and children. The designs mirrored a romantic, sentimental outlook. The inspired theme of the designs came from flowers, bows, hearts, birds, and human hair.
All of these were incorporated into the designs of the jewelry. Some of the most popular gemstones used during this time era were the garnet, opal, amethysts, and seed pearls. Opals were the favorite of Queen Victoria, making opals a very popular gemstone. After diamonds were discovered in 1837 in South Africa, they were used in jewelry and became increasingly popular. The jewelry was to be given to show love and was worn during times of mourning as a symbol of love.
Jewelry from the Art Deco jewelry period has been made using cubic zirconia instead of diamonds with great success. The Art Deco jewelry period began in 1920 and lasted until 1935. During this time period dazzling jewelry was produced which was so markedly different to the jewelry produced during earlier time periods. In difference from the soft colors and the flowing lines of the jewelry came very bold, deep, and brilliant colors. The lines no longer were flowing, instead were very even, straight lines. This was the time era of the flappers and jazz.
Egyptian had a very strong influence making the sphinx and falcon very popular. With the concentration of balance and harmony in the jewelry, gemstones were cut using geometrical cuts to blend. Women had started wearing their hair short and very straight. Popular jewelry consisted of long earring, long strings of pearls or beads, cocktail rings and diamond watches. The most popular gems of the time were emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Diamonds were still the gems for wedding and engagement rings.
Cubic zirconia has also been successful in recreating jewelry from the Retro Jewelry Period, also. The Retro jewelry period started in 1935 and ran through 1950, which was during the years of the Great Depression. The characteristics of the Retro jewelry period are large vivid colored gemstones in large rectangular cuts.
The synthetic gemstones of ruby and sapphires were some of the popular stones of the time era. With platinum not being available, yellow gold was the metal used in most of the jewelry of the day. Jewelry designers created jewelry pieces with multiple colors and with combinations of rose, yellow and green gold. The fashion piece of the time period was the charm bracelet. They were worn with multiple charms attached to a link bracelet.
The elaborate settings of the engagement ring gave the illusion of a larger diamond. The price was affordable enough to be chosen by the thrifty women of the 1930s. Some of these same types of settings are still popular today.
Myia Passiello “Timeless” Swarovski Cubic-Zirconia 5mm Tennis Bracelet, 7.25″
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Dazzling tennis bracelet featuring round-cut Swarovski zirconia set in sterling silver prongs
Box clasp with tongue and safety