April 13, 2011
The word ‘bling’ may not have made it into the Oxford English Dictionary yet, but since it was first used by rapper Lil Wayne and the group Cash Money in his song “Bling Bling” in the late 1990s, the word has become a widely used term to describe the excessively ornate and flashy. Although another explanation behind where the term ‘bling’ originated was from the sound something shiny makes, for example when someone smiles in a toothpaste commercial and their teeth make the little bell sound ‘bling’!
Either way ‘bling’ has made it big time and has evolved from being a merit of exceptional jewelled and shiny jewellery and accessories to a feature of some seriously expensive technology. Take a look at five of the best bling gadgets.
Tinie Tempah’s Gold Mobiles
This shiny and rare metallic element found in the veins of quartz has long been associated with opulence and luxury. When the British rapper Tinie Tempah won two Brit Awards earlier this year, he was rewarded with two 22 carat gold-plated Blackberry Smartphones as a thank you for the artist’s musical accomplishments.
Swarovski DJ Headphones
DJs, like rappers, seem to have an unswerving penchant for the bling, and can get away with being dripped from head to toe in bling-encrusted items without anyone turning a blind eye. Therefore if a DJ graced his DJ box wearing a set of Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones saturated with a swarm of Swarovski crystals, nobody would look twice – despite their £1,799.99 pricetaeg.