Hear ‘iced-out jewellery’ and the first thing that probably comes to mind is famous rappers and celebrities wearing heavy gold chains, lavish diamond rings and sparkling gem-set watches. Whilst this is an accurate depiction of the iced-out jewellery market in 2020, it hasn’t always been this way. In fact, it’s a journey that began almost four decades ago. One of the most popular things that came out of the ‘80s and ‘90s was hip hop music. From the funky, melodic beats to the storytelling lyrics, the early days of hip hop influenced much of what we see in music today. But the old school greats like Run DMC and LL Cool J didn’t just shape the sound of hip hop; their bold, chunky rope chains, statement four-finger rings and extravagant diamond-set pendants were the very start of the iced-out jewellery revolution. The popularity of iced-out pieces have remained strong in the hip hop community for years, but in recent times it’s also become one of the most sought-after styles of jewellery… full stop. In this blog post, we discuss why iced-out jewellery is here to stay.  

What is Iced-Out Jewellery?

In summary, iced-out jewellery is a piece of jewellery that has been set with dozens, or hundreds, of gemstones to create an “iced” look. This can be done with any type of gemstone with many of the most famous pieces featuring enormous emeralds and rubies; however, diamonds and cubic zirconia are typically the most popular stones to use. What’s more, this style is particularly popular across chains, pendants, bracelets and rings, but can be designed for almost any type of jewellery.  

Why is Iced-Out Jewellery Here to Stay?

Unique Style

Iced-out pieces really are unlike any other type of jewellery out there. Whether you’re using cubic zirconia, diamond or another gemstone, you can walk into any room knowing that you’ll literally be the light of the party. It’s almost impossible to miss the dazzling glimmer and sparkle that this jewellery gives off when light hits the gemstones, so people simply won’t be able to take their eyes off you!  

Diverse Range Of Designs

From diamond chains to gem-set bracelets, there’s a near-endless range of iced-out designs to choose from. If you’re looking for a diamond pendant then maybe you’d like a 3D Jesus Piece, or a classic iced out Cuban link cherub medallion? If you’re more of a bracelet person then this gem-set rope bracelet or Miami Cuban link bracelet could be your kind of style? Or if you’re a fan of diamond rings then maybe a gem-set pyramid ring or a presidential Rolex-style ring is more up your street?  

It’s Popular

Did you know that hip hop recently surpassed rock to become the most popular music genre for the first time in history? With hip hop still growing in popularity worldwide, it’s now an important part of popular culture and it has far more influence on society than it did 20-30 years ago. With new rappers becoming global superstars on what seems like a monthly basis, it’s already clear that the popularity of hip hop – and iced-out jewellery – is here to stay. After all, with hip hop going mainstream, it was only a matter of time before iced-out designs followed!    Want to see more articles like this? Why not check out the full Hatton Jewellers blog or follow us on Facebook or Instagram?