The History of Grillz and where they originated

Ever notice your favourite celebrity or rapper with an iced out tooth or a mouth full? These eye catching dental accessories are a huge trend in the jewellery world! Lets break down the history of Grillz and where they originated.

Gold Grillz 

Gold grills, also known as gold hip-hop teeth, have become a staple in the music scene. Popularized by rappers like Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, and Fredo, Flashy mouth jewellery is a common sight in music videos and performances.

But the story of Teeth Grillz goes deeper than bling. Their roots trace back to the early 1980s with Atlanta rappers like Kilo Ali and Raheem The Dream. The trend then migrated north thanks to a New York jeweler named Eddie Plein, who started crafting custom Teeth grillz for rappers. Plein eventually relocated his shop, "Eddie's Famous Gold Teeth," to Atlanta, where he continued to create ever-more-elaborate designs for icons like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Ludacris, and Lil Jon. Artists like Slick Rick and Afrika Bambaataa are also credited with influencing the early rise of Teeth grillz.

White Gold Grillz

While yellow gold has long dominated the jewelry scene, white gold grillz have emerged as a desired alternative. White gold Grillz rise in popularity can be partially attributed to the influence of rapper Nelly, Known for his trendsetting style, Nelly frequently wore white gold grills on interviews and on stage throughout his career. There are multiple reasons why white gold grillz are an amazing alternate option to gold grillz 

Durability: White gold, an alloy of yellow gold and other metals like palladium, boasts a higher strength than pure yellow gold. This makes it more resistant to bending or warping, especially important for something like teeth grillz.

Hypoallergenic: If you have sensitive skin, white gold is a hypoallergenic option, making it less likely to cause skin irritation compared to yellow gold which can contain nickel.

925 Sterling Silver Grillz

For those who want a more to rock grillz iced or plain without breaking the bank, 925 sterling silver grillz are an amazing option.

Think of them as the cool younger cousin of solid gold grillz. 925 Sterling silver grillz offer a sleek look and can be iced out just like solid gold grillz. 925 Sterling Silver Grillz offers a natural bright, polished shine, this creates an eye-catching smile.

Here's the thing, while they might not be solid gold, 925 sterling silver is still a precious metal and is less prone to wear and tear damage meaning a prolonged lifetime for your 925 sterling silver grillz. 925 sterling silver is a durable metal and generally more durable than brass. 925 Sterling silver Grillz are less prone to bending, snapping, or warping, especially with proper maintenance. Just remember, with any grillz, proper care is key!

Iced Out Diamond Grillz 

While classic gold grillz are sewn in the roots of music history, Iced out Diamond Grillz have become a trending choice for many rappers, Wearing iced out grillz to complete their stage look. Iced out Diamond Grillz, adorned with sparkling diamonds and other precious stones, are a way for artists much like Lil Wayne and The Migos to showcase their success and extravagant style. Iced out Diamond Grillz popularity has transcended the music industry, with pop stars like Katy Perry joining the Iced out Diamond Grillz club. In fact, her custom million-dollar masterpiece holds the Guinness World Record for the world's most expensive Diamond teeth Grillz!


Rapper Quavo, one of the three Migos also spent a large amount on some bespoke Iced out Diamond Grillz which were new to the industry. His baguette cut Iced out Diamond grill cost $250,000 and was created by well known Diamond boys jewellery, Johny Dang. Not only did Johny Dang make these flawless iced out diamond teeth but he has crafted flawless iced out diamond grillz for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Da Baby's Permanent Flawless Iced out Diamond Grillz costing $20,000. 

Not all iced out grillz are created equal. Teeth grillz come in a variety of styles including the use of different precious and non precious metals like Gold, 925 Sterling silver and Platinum aswell as precious and non precious gemstones like GIA certified diamonds, rubys, cubic zirconia and moissanite.

Here's a breakdown on precious and non precious gemstones:

Diamonds: The undisputed king of iced out grillz, diamonds offer unmatched brilliance and shine. They'll set you back the most, but the icy shine is irresistable.

Cubic Zirconia (CZ): This lab-created alternative offers a fantastic diamond simulant at a fraction of the cost. For those who want that icy shine without breaking the bank, CZ is an amazing option.

Moissanite: This controversial gemstone boasts a brilliance that even rivals diamonds, with a Mohs hardness score of 9.25 extremely close to diamonds 10 and some even say it throws off more fire. and to top it off, it's a more ethical choice for conscious consumers.

Other Precious Stones: For a truly unique look, consider incorporating other precious stones like sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. They add a pop of colour and will complement your personal style.

Remember, the type of ice you choose depends on your budget and desired look. Whether you want classic diamond decadence, the affordability of CZ, or the ethical brilliance of moissanite, there's an iced out grill option waiting to make your smile sizzle.

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