Bling. We used to see oodles of it during hip hop’s heydey – from Lil’ Wayne (who coined the term) and 50 Cent to old schoolers Flav-o-Flav and Run DMC. But times have changed, with the lingering recession keeping diamond grillz and oversized pendants to a fading glimmer.
Until Kanye performed at the BET Awards last weekend.
If you’re going to make your ‘comeback’ opening an awards show on top of a volcano, you better have the goods to back it up. And Kanye’s Pharaoh-inspired look certainly rose to the occasion with giant gold jewelry Sarah Palin could probably see from her back yard.
Hip hop jewelry supplier, Jacob & Co. created the custom-made link chain and charm depicting Egyptian god Horus, as well as a four-finger pyramid knuckle ring – both made of 24kt yellow gold.
And the price tag? They each retail for a nice two-bedroom in the burbs – a mere $300,000.
(The Horus. The Horus.)
What do you think of Kanye’s quest to regain his throne through jewelry? Would you wear a Horus pendant to your July 4th BBQ? Weigh in!
Trading a promise ring for a platinum ring, the oldest Jonas Brother (Kevin) got hitched to Danielle Deleasa over the weekend – breaking tween-aged hearts from the Jersey Shore to Japan. The Jo-Bro did such a good job designing his bride-to-be’s engagement ring (Jewelry.com covers all the diamond deets here), I was curious if his taste would trickle down to the wedding jewels.
I wasn’t disappointed.
The young bride reportedly walked down the aisle in a strapless tulle and Chantilly lace Vera Wang gown and wore a silk-and-crystal flower in her hair designed by Denise Leli. The happy couple exchanged classic, yet chic eternity bands crafted by celebrity jeweler, Jacob & Co (who also did the engagement ring).
Danielle’s diamond eternity band is set in 18kt white gold and features round cut brilliant diamonds (totaling 3.83 carats), and Kevin’s is set in stainless steel with single rows of brilliant-cut diamonds along each edge and on each side (totaling 2.24 carats).
And like many celebrity grooms, Jonas glammed up for his special day in custom-made platinum accessories. Designer Eric Aulis from CliQ Jewelry spent months perfecting the jewels which consisted of platinum cufflinks with 186 round diamonds (valued at $15,500); platinum tuxedo shirt studs surrounded by diamonds (valued at $8,900) and a platinum tie accent with round diamonds (valued at $5,400).
The Disney dude knows how to work the ice – nicely done.