Love jewelry? Does bling set your heart on fire? Think you have a heart of gold? Or better still, something more visible made of gold, diamonds or platinum? How about your teeth? One of them could have been more expensive? Actually, it could be if you follow the latest trends in hip hop jewelry!
Remember the lines from the hit single ‘Grillz’ by Nelly Furtado about robbing the jewelry store to get diamonds and gold to make grillz? You would, especially if the song added a new word to your dictionary! Grillz refers to gold, platinum or silver caps worn on teeth for the cool hip hop look. More often then not, these caps are embedded with gemstones or diamonds to flaunt wealth. This trend has been popularized by stars like Nelly, Lil Jon and other hip hop artists of repute. However, if Nelly made Grillz a household term then Paul Wall took it to another level by making an album that plays like an ode to Grillz! ‘The People’s Champ,’ his album released in the year 2005, has every second line talking about Grillz, his Grillz and his company that makes Grillz!
Sample: “So many diamonds in my teeth you can’t see no gold”
Talk about marketing a product!
Grillz, like the rest of hip hop jewelry are a costly affair. The richer you are, the better your grill could be. And believe you me, when it comes to this, the cheap artificial stuff won’t do as Grillz are placed inside the mouth (teeth;) and anything that can trigger adverse reactions in the mouth, especially cheap and fake synthetic jewelry is a big no no. If you are still dying to jump onto the Grillz bandwagon then you might consider plated rhodium and Cubic Zirconia, CZ as it is popularly known, custom made grillz for your teeth.
When buying Grillz, make sure you have done your research. Grillz usually come in three types.
1. Signature Lines: The Grillz worn by hip hop artists and sold as branded merchandise. Pretty expensive but quality assured.
2. Diamond encrusted Grillz: These are set in silver, platinum or gold. The setting of the diamonds is of utmost importance here, a poor setting will totally ruin the look!
3. Gold/Silver/Metallic Grillz: Available in all precious metals without any gemstones these are plain tooth caps made of gold or silver.
Apart from these there is the artificial stuff which is definitely more affordable. Invest in a good one and welcome to the Grillz Station!
Milky J. Ryan writes articles about hip hop jewelry where he explains the history of hip hop grillz jewelry.
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