Kim Kardashian has no shortage of impressive jewelry, but the reality star and entrepreneur just updated her collection with a custom grill, which she recently debuted on Instagram. We’ve seen her sport sparkling grillz in the past, but this time she really had our jaws on the floor thanks to the design, complete with opal gems surrounded by small round diamonds.
Designed by Gabby Elan Jewelry, a Manhattan-based jeweler who specializes in decorative dental grillz, caps and fronts, the grill is said to cost $18,000 and has a rainbow essence thanks to the opal center, which is also Kardashian’s birthstone. The diamond halo around each piece of opal is the cherry on top to this spectacular piece. Gabby Elan has crafted stunning grillz and glittering teeth jewelry for A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and Mary J Blige, and recently designed the butterfly grill Anwar Hadid gifted to girlfriend Dua Lipa after this year’s Grammys.
Elaborate grillz have become increasing popular among stars like Kardashian, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, but examples of teeth jewelry can be found throughout ancient Egyptian, Roman and Mayan civilizations. Black hip-hop culture made grillz mainstream with the rise of artists like Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane in the 80s, and Nelly even made an ode to teeth jewelry with the 2005 song “Grillz” featuring fellow grill legend Paul Wall.
Beyoncé, Lizzo, Erykah Badu and Rihanna are just a few of the Black women that have helped to make grillz glamorous for a new generation, with Queen Bey rocking her grill in recent campaigns for her Ivy Park x Adidas collaboration and Lizzo flashing her diamond-studded grill in a gorgeous photo shoot. This celebration of culture and love of diamonds via diamond grillz is enough to make anyone smile.