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The Jewelry Insider

January 13, 2011

Kanye West’s real diamond teeth are going to be hard for him to top in the bling department, but (lucky for us) that doesn’t mean the controversial rap artist won’t give it a go.

The latest carat-heavy Kanye creation to make news is a custom-made diamond Tiret watch that took over 5 months to make. Why is this particular ticker so worthy of our Kanye?

Perhaps it’s the 8 carats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds that make it sparkle? Or maybe the dial of the watch, itself, which is made of gleaming gold-colored mother-of-pearl? Or the fact that hot hip-hop entrepreneur, Damon Dash’s, company was in charge of the design?

No. The best part of West’s latest jewelry jones is that the watch face IS his own face. Yes, jewelry hounds, the 8-carats of diamonds are arranged in the shape of his own glasses-clad countenance.

And I was worried about his self esteem…

Apparently Kanye isn’t the only artist with confidence issues. In a ‘my watch face is blingier than your watch face’ move, the mighty Usher commissed Dash to make a timepiece with a price tag of $250,000.

I don’t even want to think what Lil’ Wayne would come away with…

West’s next venture is the highly anticipated (and aptly named) ‘Watch the Throne,’ a collaborative album with Jay-Z set to drop this week – or March 1st.

 

Kanye West’s Diamond Dental Work


Kanye West is topping his giant gold jewelry display at the BET Awards earlier this summer with a doozy of a diamond statement. According to his recent ‘tweets’, the self-proclaimed king of hip-hop has replaced his lower teeth with, um, diamonds. (And apparently his cerebral cortex with Play-doh).

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill diamond grill a la Lil Wayne, folks. When asked by his Twitterati if he was for real, he came back with this:

“No seriously … I said my teeth are real diamonds… these are not fronts… I replaced my bottom row of teeth with diamonds.”

These are his twitpics to prove it!

It seems bling is back in a big way for Kanye – but will the world care? Maybe he should just stick to peeving off pop stars? What do you guys think of his icy move?

Chris Aire Jewelry Hits the Runway


Jewelry news makers we haven’t heard much from lately are making big headlines this week.

First, The King of Bling – Jacob The Jeweler – is out of prison – working his way back from his reduced sentence at a Halfway-house. And Chris Aire, aka: The Ice Man, cometh to a runway in Beverly Hills to launch his new jewelry line, The Hollywood Collection.

A motley crue of Hollywood stars came out to support the bling-meister yesterday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, including Adrian Brody, Jermaine Jackson, a few of Diana Ross’s offspring and the event’s host, Cedric The Entertainer.

But the main event was the carat count on the catwalk as stunning bib necklaces, icy dog tags and bold statement earrings brought Aire’s “Hollywood Collection” to life.

So what makes this line stand apart? All of the product is sourced from Aire’s homeland, Nigeria.

“The purpose of my partnership with the Nigeria Ministry of Mines and Steel is to bring attention to the vast and largely untapped gold and gemstone resources in Nigeria, which I hope will stimulate investments and create jobs to provide additional revenue sources for the country,” Aire said in a media release. “All of the materials in my collection were mined adhering to the highest standard of world labor laws.”

The pieces are crafted in white, yellow and red gold and feature a rainbow of gemstone colors – from emeralds and sapphires to amethysts and tourmaline. Prices range from $500 to as high as $45,000.

While there are signs of Aire’s blingy hip hop past (he is credited as the first to capitalize on the urban jewelry market), diamond dog tags are for the most part replaced by red carpet-ready statement necklaces and icy cuffs in this latest offering.

Does this mean the urban landscape of million-dollar grills, huge icy pendants and walnut-sized diamond studs has faded into jewelry history? Or will the bling be back as soon as Lil’ Wayne gets out of the big house? Thoughts?

The Jewelry Insider

June 17, 2009


There’s not much else to say about rapper, T Pain’s, latest jewelry statement that the diamond mega-chain doesn’t actually say itself.

Other than, “What recession?”

The rapper bought the 197-carat diamond dazzler for a mere $410,000 and debuted the piece at the Summer Jam concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey according to MTV.

“I just figured I had to shut down something, some part of the game,” Pain said. “I thought I did it with Auto-Tune, and so I guess I gotta do it with jewelry … just show ’em where the money’s comin’ from. You know what I’m sayin’?”

Mr. Pain., the money is most definitely coming from you.


T-Pain also shocked fans by appearing (with said Big Ass Chain) in a video with country music phenom, Taylor Swift (aka T-Swizzle), during the CMT Awards last night. An unlikely duo, but one that was actually quite cute. The softer side of T Pain, if you will…

If you want to see more Taylor Swift CMT style, check out the jewelry fashion wrap-up on Jewelry.com. Big Ass Chains, blondes and bling. Oh my.

The Jewelry Insider

March 2, 2009


What ever happened to the days of the benevolent stage dive? Kurt Cobain never had to worry about getting his Vans ripped off when he plunged into a crowd of waiting Gen X-ers. And Pearl Jam’s Eddie Veder always got a ride around the mosh pit when he lept into the arms of his waiting fans.

Well, Coolio, didn’t get such a warm reception last week at a performance across the pond at Staffordshire University, where he reportedly decided to take a dive and instead of jumping into the warm embrace of adoring fans – -he proceeded to land right in the middle of the bar-room floor.

And to add insult to injury, the crowd turned on him and robbed him of his jewelry and other valuables.

“(He) nearly flattened one poor girl then all the students decided to launch on him,” said James Fielden, a bartender who witnessed the incident.

“They grabbed whatever they could, including his trainers, watch, chains and glasses. He was pulled back on stage by the bouncers. They got his shoes back for him.”

This is certainly no ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’.

I guess the hip hop star should stick with annoying people in the Big Brother house instead of a gaggle of unruly young Brits.

The Jewelry Insider

July 24, 2008

Hip Hop isn’t going mainstream – it’s gone mainstream. And now, it’s going upstream. No longer the domain of urban angst, Hip Hop has entered the echelons of high-society parlours. In this case, some of the most blinged out bling from the genre’s stars is going under the hammer at tony auctioneers, Phillips de Pury.
Among the lots of diamonds, gems, rings and pimped out pendants is a jeweled Rolex watch worn by Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Wayne’s jeweled Money Bag pendant and Biz Markie’s Headphone Necklace. The sale isn’t though only about weighing down the jewelry boxes of well-heeled doyennes, proceeds from the sale of select items will benefit the National Museum of American History’s new “Hip-Hop Won’t Stop” collection.
The auction’s going down on October 1st but you can get a sneak preview of the rappers’ jewels between September 23-30 at the auction house’s Chelsea headquarters.

The Jewelry Insider

July 24, 2008

Hip Hop isn’t going mainstream – it’s gone mainstream. And now, it’s going upstream. No longer the domain of urban angst, Hip Hop has entered the echelons of high-society parlours. In this case, some of the most blinged out bling from the genre’s stars is going under the hammer at tony auctioneers, Phillips de Pury.
Among the lots of diamonds, gems, rings and pimped out pendants is a jeweled Rolex watch worn by Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Wayne’s jeweled Money Bag pendant and Biz Markie’s Headphone Necklace. The sale isn’t though only about weighing down the jewelry boxes of well-heeled doyennes, proceeds from the sale of select items will benefit the National Museum of American History’s new “Hip-Hop Won’t Stop” collection.
The auction’s going down on October 1st but you can get a sneak preview of the rappers’ jewels between September 23-30 at the auction house’s Chelsea headquarters.