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Wearing Your Wealth
If you've got it, flaunt it. While this may be true for many things, some individuals are taking this adage to the extreme. Displaying assets has taken on an entirely new meaning in the modern age. Jewelry has always been the ultimate accessory, but is it possible it's now gone too far?

Cultural Meaning

In some cultures, displaying a family's wealth in the form of expensive jewelry has been practiced for centuries, perhaps even millenniums. Of course this extends past secure banking and even the relative safety of a good safe. Wealth was simply safer sometime on the body.
Wearing Your Wealth
Still, in many cultures around the globe today, women especially proudly display tokens of a family's wealth in the means of gold necklaces, bracelets and more. Social standing and pride are at stake.

Moving Beyond Respectable

Of course, there is nothing wrong with supporting your heritage and proudly displaying your culture. But what of individuals who are trying to make a different statement all together. Diamond encrusted belt buckles and necklaces as large as someone's face might be worth a great deal of money, but are they representative of someone's good taste?

Wearing Your Wealth
While beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, this excessive jewelry, or "bling" has become a sort of dividing line between two camps. One group believes that jewelry should be an accessory and compliment an otherwise pulled together outfit. The other camp feels that jewelry is the focus of a person's outfit and everything pales in comparison to a six inch diamond encrusted money sign. After all, that money sign dangling from your neck says it all – or does it?

The Meaning of Bling

Bling is supposed to mean that you have money to burn. Only an individual with deep pockets can afford to spend the price of a house on a single pair of earrings. This is nothing new. Well-to-do families have been buying expensive jewelry as a form of investment and beauty since the beginning of time.

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The difference comes when the jewelry goes from being tasteful to questionable. An expensive diamond choker is a classical piece that will be in demand for years to come. A rich family who has such an heirloom passes it down and treats it like a treasure. Taking the same diamonds and making them part of a large dog collar or spelling out your name on your belt buckle does not have the same degree of tastefulness.

Wearing Your Wealth
Of course most of us can not afford either one – priceless heirloom or flashy dog collar, but we are still entitled to our opinions. Everyone can also play with all kinds of jewelry here on the Doll Palace. It can be assumed from celebrity statements that wearing large amounts of overly flashy (tacky?) jewelry indicates excessive wealth and a certain sense of style.

One of the main problems with this statement is that often, the excessive wealth that allows these individuals to purchase such large pieces of jewelry quickly disappears. So the question is: if you spend all of your money on jewelry to show how rich you are….are you still rich?


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sarahmartinez2

23/Female
Fremont, CA
Posted On: March 23, 2007
BLING BLING

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sarahmartinez2

23/Female
Fremont, CA
Posted On: March 23, 2007
hi
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Love_Is_Too_Mu

19/Female
Fort George G Me, MD
Posted On: March 11, 2007
SPOILED LITTLE SHIIITS!!!!!!!!!!
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dadezgurl

21/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: March 10, 2007
hmmmm different
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Mimiruyumi

104/Female
Penn Valley, CA
Posted On: March 8, 2007
lol
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: March 7, 2007
I have friends who are bling-bling people. I don't appreciate people who racist against them. To me brand name clothing is bling. I can't afford it. There's one girl who got $180 for shopping at the mall with the school and she spent it all and said that she could NOT afford a decent outfit. That kind of person is different. Those people are just spoiled.
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islay12

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: March 7, 2007
Bling ann't my favorite thing
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arabamericansw

21/Female
Japan
Posted On: March 7, 2007
You seems to be a little racist, what you think is tasteful could be plain out ugly to someone else. Just because most white girls don't wear what you call "bling" it does not mean they have taste. Nor, does it mean that people with bold jewlery look tacky.
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Ice_Lolly

25/Female
Johnson City, TN
Posted On: March 7, 2007
First off, the term "Bling-Bling" is rarely ever used nowadays.

Second off, Bling doesn't mean that you have money to spend, it is a slang term for jewelry meaning that it 'blings' when it shines or as B.G (a rapper who wrote the song Bling Bling from which the term comes) says "the term refers to the imaginary sound that light makes when it hits a diamond".

And there is also a reason why you see someone such as 50 Cent wearing so much jewelry. Most of them lived impoverished lives before their fame (meaning they had no money, let alone enough to buy diamonds) so now when they have money, they spend it to show their wealth.

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emily132

34/Female
Italy
Posted On: March 6, 2007
Somethimes, the bigger the stone, the faker it looks.....

A few pieces are fine when they compliment an outfit. If you just throw on ur biggest faciest pieces (usually worn at weddings,etc.) you look insecure and you need expensise things to make people like you.
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bunnypixie

106/Female
Galt, CA
Posted On: March 6, 2007
If you have to hid behind large jewlery you are just hidding from yourself! Unique expression is good but not over done! Very Nice article
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envyismybish

23/Female
Japan
Posted On: March 5, 2007
Hmm.... I think that bling is not necessarilly "flaunting one's wealth," I think that it's more of a small fad. Just a bit of culture. Some people like it, some don't. I've never been into "bling," but i LOVE gaudy jewelry, like big golden pocket watches and what-not. xD
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: March 5, 2007
i dont wear alot of jewlery and i am not a big fan of the whole bling thing but i do wear some jewlery but i mainly only wear those charity bracelets and a necklace my nana and grandad got be from australia which is just coulored glass on a chain
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suicidal_angel

19/Female
Posted On: March 5, 2007
(i hate bling)
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suicidal_angel

19/Female
Posted On: March 5, 2007
i HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATE bling

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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