There are few things more synonymous with Hip-Hop than “bling” – meaning shiny, expensive, diamond-encrusted jewelry. If you think about it, this association actually makes a lot of sense. Rappers are always talking about how much money they have, how many expensive cars they own, and how they live the uber-luxury life. What better to way to show how rich and successful you are than by wearing a chain or pinky ring that could pay for someone’s college tuition or annual NYC rent? For this article, we are going to look at the 5 jewelers that provide the biggest Hip-Hop stars with their extravagant “bling’d-out” jewelry.
4 Jacob Arobo aka Jacob the Jeweler
Houston based Johnny Dang is a jeweler who happened to have the perfect timing with regards to his ascendancy in the rap industry. Dang rose to fame as a result of the 2010 rap song by Nelly called “Grillz” featuring a Texas rapper named Paul Wall. The song was a mega hit and it also spurred a cultural phenomenon. You see, a “grill” in rap lingo refers to a diamond encrusted mouth piece, and Johnny Dang was the mastermind creator of these unique jewelry pieces.
3 Ben Baller
2 Greg Yuna aka Mr. Flawless
1 Gabriel Jacobs / Rafaello & Co
If Jacob the Jeweler was the go-to jeweler in the 90’s era for rappers, that title in the present era belongs to Gabriel Jacobs and his well-renowned NYC jewelry shop, Rafaello & Co. Together with his uncle Eric Aranbayev, their shop caters to some of the biggest Hip-Hop stars ruling the music waves right now: DJ Khaled, Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Nick Cannon, Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross, to name a few. When DJ Khaled was promoting his most recent album titled Suffering from Success, he pulled a publicity stunt on MTV by proposing to Nicki Minaj with a diamond ring from Gabriel Jacobs valued at $500,000.
And also, have you ever seen huge golden Cuban Link chain that Jay-Z sometimes wears? It supposedly weighs about 11lb and that was created by Rafaello & Co too. They have even made pieces for the lovely and very sexy Kate Upton and created jewelry for Saudi Royalty as well. These jewelers are certainly on the top of their game.
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