Kings and Queens of Bling
It really is no secret that celebrities may go a little over the top with their shopping sprees and lavish purchases. The proud display of houses, cars, clothes and entourage make our lives seem not only ordinary; but possibly quite dull! With millions and millions of pounds in their possession, it really is no wonder their imagination can run riot. The outrageous purchases of extortionate prices continue to baffle the world every day; and with the recession hitting us mere mortals, we peer on with bitter eyes.
However through this bitterness, we do hold a keen interest on the ‘little things’ purchased by our celebs. These ‘little things’ consist of jewellery or the newly christened name ‘bling’. So here I will take a peek at the most well-known ‘bling’ champions, from rappers to royalty – here they are!
First on my list is none other than rapper Lil’ Jon:
Now according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the self-proclaimed ‘King of Crunk’ owns the largest diamond pendant on the planet. The pendant shown on the left; displaying the words “Crunk Ain’t Dead,” contains 3,756 white diamonds. This is equivalent to almost 73 carats worth of diamond; all set into the 18-karat gold template.
The pendant weighs in at 12 pounds and displays an impressive 7 inch height. Yes I can hear the whisper of jibes now… It really does have that ‘tacky charity shop’ charm to it. Yet despite this, this pendant is worth over $500,000!!
During her comeback in 2005 and at the ripe age of forty-seven, Madonna sported some rather fancy false eyelashes. Designed for the music video ‘Sorry’, the singer wore these custom mink lashes. They hold very petite diamonds that are equivalent to 0.75 carrots, and cost a whopping $10,000!
Swiftly moving on to another rapper and hip-hop artist – Mr Bigg.
This rapper, after being shot directly through his right eye; decided that to be a little different, he would have a diamond fitted into his eye socket. The obvious and less imaginative name attached to him is ‘Diamond eye’, you may snigger but his right eye socket alone is now worth a reportedly $70,000 dollars.
Of course celebrity engagements usually boast more publicity than the actual wedding, with the entire focus surrounding ‘the ring’; the men really do have their work cut out. Here we move onto Jennifer Lopez and her engagement ring presented to her by Ben Afleck. The ring was a pink solitaire diamond of 6.1 carats from Harry Winston and said to be worth over $1.2 million. With only a handful of them mined each year, pink diamonds are one of the rarest.
Now I move onto our Monarch and home of some of the most outstanding and exquisite jewels. Though not necessarily branded ‘bling’ as such, the Queen holds an array of beautiful jewellery; especially necklaces. The Victorian Suite Necklace was a wedding gift to our now Queen when she was just a Princess in 1947.
Bringing an entirely new level to ‘something blue’, this necklace also had matching earrings. Although no exact prices have been attached to this or any of The Royal family’s jewels, we only have estimations and presumptions. I do however predict that this would blow Lil Jon’s ‘pendant’ out of the water!
Finally, I move onto a man that ultimately became the ‘King of Bling’ through one outrageous purchase. So despite attempting to take over the Guinness World Record for his pendant shown in the picture, Akon owns his very own diamond mine in Africa, for ‘obvious reasons’.
After reviewing some of these celebrities and their possessions; it begs the question of why the need for all this ‘bling’? Are they really creative souls that desire lavish purchases, are they fulfilling some sort of personal need? Or, a more realistic guess is that they are probably just bored! Too much money and not enough time to spend it. Despite various ‘bling’ being rather beautiful and classy, the majority of it really doesn’t seem that appealing, but; everyone needs a hobby!
Jenny is 100% fashion mad and currently works for Ladbrokes Bingo.
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