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What Is Hip Hop and Bling Jewelry: The Beginners Guide

Posted on March 28 2018

Why Bling Jewelry is Here to Stay

Hip Hop Blings

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It is well-known that hip hop fashion complements the attitudes of hip hop culture. It has emerged in such a strong way that popular culture simply can’t ignore it, in fact it is embracing it. Hip-hop, or Bling jewelry became part of our lives. We might as well blame rappers, and other celebrities, who pushed their fashion style into the mainstream.

If you like to wear gold chains and iced out bracelets, you may not even realize you're wearing what’s considered ice jewelry. It’s likely you hear the term Hip Hop jewelry all the time, but not many people know what exactly it is. If you are new to the streetwear jewelry scene, you need to know the essentials so you can keep your hip hop swag straight.

For those that are searching for the best trending urban styles in jewelry, then you came to the right spot. Here at Niv’s Bling, we got the freshest and hottest bling you always wanted. Below is the everything-hip-hop guide to becoming the most respected individual when it comes to the finest bling!


Niv's Bling Hip Hop NecklacesClick the image to see our bling chains

Bling is most commonly known as showy or expensive jewelry that usually consists of gold or diamonds and stainless-steel finishes, but your bling jewelry doesn't have to be expensive. What many individuals don’t know is that the term is an actual word in the dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary describes the name as a slang term, which eludes to showy or elaborate jewelry and accessories that are worn, or installed, such as certain types of grillz. In fact, the term was first used in 1987 to describe gold coins, jewelry, or gems. The popularity of the word grew when the song “Bling Bling” by Cash Money Millionaires was released in 1999. 

Characteristics of Hip Hop and Bling Jewelry

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For those who love to rep bling or would like to start too, there is a complete Hip Hop jewelry guide that describes the different characteristic of Bling Jewelry that is important to know before making your first purchase of these type of accessories or even getting cheap jewelry online. The first general thing you need to know is that it is made in silver or gold and often with diamonds. The affordable, but still high-quality version of bling jewelry is typically gold-plated and often has CZ (Cubic Zirconia) stones.

When you feel ready to make your first purchase, make sure you know the different styles and types of today's mainstream hip hop jewelry:

Hip Hop Chains

Hip hop chains come in various styles, materials, and sizes. They can come in silver, gold, or iced out, and in all different types of styles; that’s the cool thing about these accessories, you have so much to choose from!

Most chains range from 5 to 9 mm and 30 to 40 inches in length; however, you want to make sure you have a long enough link just in case you want to put a pendant on it. The most popular styles are Cuban, box, rope, snake, or Franco chain. Depending on your type of swag your favorite kind of rapper chains may vary.

Hip Hop ChainsClick the image to see our gold chains 

Hip Hop Bracelets

Another popular type of bling jewelry is bracelets. But not just any type. As you might have guessed, these bracelets are usually gold, silver, chains, completely covered in diamonds or also called micro pave hip hop jewelry. Hip Hop bracelets usually come in 6 to 10 mm in thickness and 8 to 9 inches in length. Whether you want to make a strong statement or not, bling bracelets can come extremely heavy with more stones, or a lightweight gold chain. In fact, hip hop stars like to stack their accessories up their wrists, not just their necks. You can check affordable Niv’s Bling hip hop bracelet collection here and stay up to date to the latest and best seller items.

Hip Hop BraceletsClick the image to see our bling bracelets 


A hip-hop pendant is the true bling of your jewelry ensemble, and they are worn heavily by many famous rap stars. Bling pendants can range from crosses to custom pieces, and miscellaneous. The sizes vary, along with its type; they can come in gold or silver, and with or without diamonds or gems. Keep in mind you want to choose a longer chain when you buy a hip hop pendant. One part of hip hop jewelry many people forget is grillz. Yes, grills are in fact a huge part of having swag bling! Gold teeth are the perfect addition to your hip hop style and pair great with any kind of bling. They usually come in gold and silver, or with single diamonds.

Hip Hop Pendants
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Check out our list below of the most popular Hip Hop Jewelry, or Bling Jewelry, styles:

    • Gold or Silver Grillz
    • Personalized names or initials in pendants or necklaces
    • Dog tag pendants
    • Thick chains
    • Crosses/Jesus pendants
    • Sports themed bling
    • Rap Star fan jewelry
    • Bullet Chain
    • Large medallions

    Who to Follow to Check Out Popular Trends in Hip Hop Jewelry

    ASAP Rocky

    Everyone needs to be taking notes from ASAP Rocky. His hip hop jewelry game is on fire! His style goes for the more sleek and chic look, but he manages to pull off gold chains and bracelets effortlessly. For those who want a subtler hip hop jewelry look, ASAP Rocky is one to follow. He never overdoes it by stacking multiple chains or wearing five bracelets on one wrist; he keeps it classy.

    Asap Rocky
    Source: Instagram @awgefits

    2 Chainz

    If you’re really into being blinged out with large pendants, iced out everything, 2 Chainz is your man. 2 Chainz loves his chains, and you will often see him wearing multiple pendants at once. He also is very high fashion, so his bling is usually paired with high-end designer hip hop clothes.

    2 Chainz Blings
    Source: Instagram @hairweavekiller

    Swae Lee

    Swae Lee loves his gold! Hey, if you’re a fan of gold too, Swae Lee, from Rae Sremmurd, is the one to follow. He likes to rep gold chainz, grillz, earrings, bracelets, and pendants. If you like the more all covered in gold look rather than simple and plain, Swae Lee is the perfect example. He makes a ton of bling still look smooth and sleek.

    Swae Lee Blings
    Source: Instagram @swaelee

    Lil Uzi

    A very interesting taste in hip hop jewelry, Lil Uzi sets his own style of bling. His taste is very unique, as he is often seen repping a spiky iced out choker, facial bling such as piercings, and bling on every finger.

    Lil Uzi Spiked Chains
    Source: Instagram @liluzivurt

    Where You Can Find Similar Popular Bling Jewelry

    Niv’s Bling is the only spot you can find popular bling jewelry that looks just like your famous rap stars. We follow the latest trends in Hip Hop accessories and the best bling costume jewelry. Our list of hip-hop jewelry is very extensive and for immensely affordable prices. Learn more about our variety of blings at

    Celebrity Disclaimer: Any celebrities featured on this page do not sponsor, endorse, or have association with Their images are used for informational purposes. You can see these images if you access Instagram profiles of these celebrities. Niv's Bling does not carry jewelry identical to celebrity jewelry in design or material. Niv's Bling respects intellectual property rights. If you are an owner, or third party owner and believe that you’ve had your rights violated by please contact us. 

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