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A Brief History Of Bling: Hip Hop Jewelry Through The Ages

Change is everywhere. From food, fashion, commerce, transportation, medicine and housing, virtually every facet of life has evolved since our days as primitive, hunter-gatherers. Everything that is, except jewelry. From 75,000 year old jewelry discovered in Africa to Floyd Mayweather’s $10 million diamond chains, jewelry has primarily symbolized one thing since the very beginning: status. African King Mansa Musa, the richest person in human history who ruled much of West Africa from 1312 to 1337, loved to show off his wealth through jewelry. As Rudolph Ware, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, explains, “there are pictures of him holding a scepter of gold on a throne of gold holding a cup of gold with a golden crown...

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