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Diamond Dons: Meet the Hip-Hop Jewelers Who Iced Out Your Favorite Rappers

Who are the best hip-hop jewelers in the game right now? Meet the masterful artisans who crafted jaw-dropping ice for your favorite rappers.


Oct. 24 2023, Published 5:34 p.m. ET

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In the vibrant world of hip-hop, style and self-expression reign supreme. The dazzling fusion of music and fashion is the backbone of the rap game as we know it.

One of the most essential elements of this culture is the bling that adorns artists and hip-hop aficionados alike.

From flashy chains to custom-made pendants, jewelry has always been an integral part of the genre's visual language.

These sparkling emblems, known for their bold designs and grandiosity, reflect hip-hop's journey through the years. But who are the diamond dons behind the iconic pieces that rappers wear? We're glad you asked.

Allow us to take you on a glittering exploration of today's top hip-hop jewelers. The craftsmen below have mastered the art of transforming precious metals and gems into wearable works of art, thus elevating hip-hop culture to new heights.

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Jakob the Jeweler

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Jacob Arabo, commonly known as "Jacob the Jeweler," is a renowned jeweler and designer famous for creating luxury jewelry pieces, particularly for A-listers.

Arabo is the founder and owner of Jacob & Co., a high-end jewelry company based in New York City.

Jacob the Jeweler is celebrated for his intricate, custom-made jewelry designs, including diamond-encrusted watches, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other accessories.

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Over the years, numerous hip-hop artists and celebrities have worn creations by Jacob the Jeweler, solidifying his status as one of the go-to jewelers in the rap game.

Some of the notable hip-hop artists and celebrities who have sported his jewelry pieces include Diddy, Notorious B.I.G, 50 Cent, and Lil Wayne, among others.

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Ben Baller

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Ben Baller (whose real name is Ben Yang), is a prominent Korean-American jeweler and entrepreneur known for creating opulent jewelry pieces for a wide range of clients, including numerous celebrities and hip-hop artists.

His work has earned him a solid reputation as one of the top jewelers in the music and entertainment industry.

Ben Baller's client list includes some of the most notable figures in the world of music, sports, and entertainment including controversial rapper Kanye West, as well as Drake, Nas, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, and many more.

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Johnny Dang

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Johnny Dang, also known as "TV Johnny," is a celebrity jewelry designer and entrepreneur known for creating custom, high-end jewelry pieces for various celebrities and hip-hop artists.

He is the founder and owner of Johnny Dang & Co., a prominent jewelry store located in Texas.

Renowned for his custom-designed diamond-encrusted watches, grillz, and other extravagant pieces, his creations have gained popularity among Hollywood's elite. He's designed pieces for Cardi B, Travis Scott, Jay-Z, and Floyd Mayweather, to name a few.

Over the years, his craftsmanship and custom designs have also been featured in music videos like Beyonce's "Bow Down."

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