Hip-hop culture has long placed a strong emphasis on flamboyant jewelry. Rappers have been pouring in diamonds since the beginning of the music’s ascent, from the early days of Run-DMC and Notorious B.I.G. to modern icons like Pharrell Williams, Jay-Z, and Cardi B. Huge chain necklaces, Rolex and Audemars Piguet watches with diamond bezels, and glittering grills have all evolved into symbols of individual flair that now have an impact on the designs of high-end luxury businesses.
A richly illustrated book called Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History explores how hip-hop artists have used flashy jewelry to represent themselves, both in their lyrics and videos and in their carefully planned daily outfits. Vikki Tobak’s writing and curation, which was released by Taschen,