Rosaries have been around for a long time in the world of jewelry. Often worn by religious cleric as well as churchgoing housewives, these symbols of faith are nothing new. Traditionally, they are made very thin and lightweight and crafted out of gold or silver. Inexpensive versions included plastic and colored beads. However, in 2010 rosaries have leaped into the mainstream and has become a new trendy accessory in popular culture, particularly hip hop. Now you see rosaries on the necks of rappers, pro athletes and even the cast of Jersey Shore. While these modern, larger rosaries are hot in the celebrity world, they are often expensive and custom made by jewelers. Recently, online retailer Hip Hop Bling has released a new line of rosaries which are inexpensive but boasts a very high end look.
Traditional rosaries are plain and features just beads and rope. Gold or silver rosaries were light weight, small and short. However, these new hip hop inspired rosaries can feature up to 100 carats of diamonds, and a very large, heavy weight design. The styles just released on hiphopbling.com features the same designs, inspired by celebrity jewelers and actual celebrity pieces. The difference is the use of inexpensive materials and utilizing the power of efficient mass production to achieve both quality and low prices. You can find anything from plain styles to fully iced out designs that are covered in rhinestones.
The iced out rosary necklaces that Hip Hop Bling carries is made out of either heavy alloy base metal or solid brass on higher end versions. Most are long, featuring a 24-30 inch main necklace with 6-8 inches of additional drop-down. Plain styles with very few stones start at under $20. The company also features the popular iced out beads version, which boasts over 25 stones per bead. On higher end versions, top grade CZ stones are used and are prong set into brass. The result is a truly spectacular replication of genuine diamond jewelry. For under $150, buyers can enjoy a nearly 1:1 exact replication of the genuine article.
The company also offers wooden rosary necklaces, available in a vast variety of colors. They feature a carved Jesus piece as the center pendant with smaller crosses and Jesus faces thought the entire piece. For those who want a unique hip hop inspired look without too much bling, those would be perfect. However, they are available for a limited time only as it is a limited production run.
HipHopBling.com is a pioneer in the bling industry, often releasing hard to find designs and promoting new types of jewelry that cannot be found elsewhere. Aside from a long list of rosaries, the company also features crosses, iced out chains, watches, rings and more. Just about all types of men's jewelry can be found on the website, which features over 4500 styles total. New styles are added nearly every week, with announcements made on twitter, Facebook and through various media outlets.