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From 75,000-year-old jewelry discovered in Africa to Floyd Mayweather’s $10 million diamond chains, jewelry has primarily symbolized one thing since the very beginning: status.

African King Mansa Musa, the richest person in human history who ruled much of West Africa from 1312 to 1337, loved to show off his wealth through jewelry. As Rudolph Ware, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, explains, “there are pictures of him holding a scepter of gold on a throne of gold holding a cup of gold with a golden crown on his head. Imagine as much gold as you think a human being could possess and double it. That’s what all the accounts are trying to communicate.”

Jewelry has never been as ubiquitous as it is now in today's modern-day hip-hop culture. The most influential rap stars of our time---from coast to coast to across borders and oceans---wear jewelry. In fact, some jewelers are almost as famous as their superstar clients, with social media follower counts numbering in the hundreds of thousands in some cases.

We all remember the original elements of hip-hop: DJing, emceeing, street art and dance. I’d like to add four more: Pt, Ag, Au and C. For those of you who slept through science class, that’s platinum, gold, silver and carbon, which when compressed, forms a diamond. These four elements have been synonymous with rap since the very beginning as well.

The Formative Years of Hip-Hop Jewelry: 1979-1989

Ah, the 1970’s. Richard Nixon. Elvis Presley. The Vietnam War. Cocaine. Disco. What’s not to love? It’s also the decade in which hip-hop was born. The genre was first popularized by DJ Kool Herc in the early 1970s at his famous block parties. Evidence of ice followed shortly thereafter, with Kurtis Blow donning several gold chains on the cover of his self-titled debut album. It was only natural that Blow, the emcee behind the first certified gold hip-hop record ever, wore gold on his album cover. Over the next three decades, future emcees would follow in his footsteps, acquiring jewelry to mark the milestones reached throughout their careers.

When did gold chains become popular in hip hop?
Rappers wore hefty gold chains in the 1980s, when MTV took hip-hop mainstream and performers such as Slick Rick, Run-DMC and LL Cool J started making more money.Jul 8, 2021

What rapper has most expensive chain?

Noted in the Guinness World Records as the most expensive chain in 2007, Lil Jon purchased the chain for $500,000. Famous for chart-topping songs, it was a small amount to pay from his $30 million net worth. The chain featured yellow and white gold 3,756 diamonds, weighing 51 lbs.Sep 2, 2021

Reasons Why Do Men Wear Gold Chains

1. Fashion Statement

Men usually see gold chains as a showy piece of jewelry, fashion statement, or a tiny shiny piece that completes their outfit. The particular style and design depend on their character but always unquestionably upgrades men’s fashion.

Before gold chains, men’s accessories were limited to watches or perhaps a ring and earring here and there. With the diversity of gold chains available nowadays, accessorizing makes men’s fashion more amusing and encourages men to be more stylish.

For a man who wants to turn an ordinary, everyday look into a stylish outfit, a particular gold chain can perfectly finalize the look. Letting a slim gold chain hanging under an open trench coat can add a sense of high fashion to a gentleman.

You can also add a delicate chain to your everyday outfit or finalize an elegant style with a chain with a pendant for a flawless aesthetic look.

2. Symbol

Apart from being a stylistic detail, gold chains symbolize men’s social status and class. As they are mostly expensive, men who can afford this fine piece of jewelry wear it to indicate their position in society.

Also, it can show affiliation to a specific group in society. For instance, those who started wearing gold chains first were members of the hip-hop industry.

In addition, you can wear a gold chain for good luck since yellow symbolizes good luck and neutrality in many cultures. There is also an old belief that it keeps the negative energy away, so wearing such jewelry brings prosperity, happiness, and peace.

I adore the personal reasons a gold chain symbolizes. It is one of the most frequent pieces of jewelry used to gift loved ones. Therefore, many men wear them for the sentimental value it carries.

3. Gold Is Timeless

Whatever gold chain type you prefer, it is sure to last forever. With that, this jewelry is a safe investment and an item you can pass down to future generations.

  • Material:18K Gold

  • Color:gold

  • Gender:men women

  • Style:Hip-Hop Fashion

  • Plated:gold plated

  • Necklace Size: 53cm * 6mm

  • Weight:45g

  • Occasion: wedding,engagement,party,casual


Metals Type: Stainless Steel
Gender: Unisex
Necklace Type: Chains Necklaces
Chain Type: Water-wave Chain
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