In a world where social media runs rampant, once you’ve seen something once, you’ve probably seen it all. The concept of being original and standing out for your authenticity is an idea many just don’t strive to achieve anymore.
So, I thought to myself and wondered, “What can I do that will encompass my own style whilst also being out of the norm?”
And that’s when Chezgrillz came to mind, a pair of talented individuals who meticulously create unique jewellery pieces.
Ranging from grillz to pendants, they are a home-grown duo working out of one of Singapore’s best tattoo parlours — Singapore Electric by Gimmelovetattoo, located at Bali Lane.
I immediately gravitated to that since I am certain that after all my extensive swiping on Instagram, I’ve never seen something like it on the local scene. I wanted something along a similar vein, but a little more wearable, hence my choice of a pendant over grillz.
Since I was already there, I took the opportunity to get some behind the scenes shots of them in action. Russ primarily works on the grillz, while Hanya is responsible for the pendants seen on their Instagram page.
Hanya told me a quirky story about how she got inspired into making jewellery. She was flipping through old family photographs and saw one of her relatives rocking a gold crown; not something you see everyday in Singapore.
We moved on to talking about grillz, and she schooled me on the history of dental accessories around this part of the world and blew any pre-conceived connotations I had of them out of the water. I continued watching Russ work, thinking to myself, “It’s not that foreign after all.”
Russ quickly gave me a walkthrough of his grill-making process from start to finish. He starts off with a mould of the customer’s teeth. Depending on whether you’re opting for slugs, grillz or caps, he then builds a mould based on your choice.
You’d also need to specify the type of material you want them done in, with silver and gold being top choices.
To create some definition as well as separation between the individual teeth, he indents lines in between each individual tooth.
Precision and patience is the name of the game. Russ was extremely careful and understandably so, what with the price of these materials he was working with.
Once that was done, he finished it off with a quick polish. You can easily see a difference in shine in the pictures above. All it took was a few quick swipes but I’d put that down to the talent of Russ himself.
He handed me his proudest work whilst finishing up. This was the exact same set of grillz that drew me in and the photo really doesn’t do it any justice.
When asked about his workload, Russ says he has spent countless sleepless nights working on pieces, day in and day out. With only the two of them at the helm of operations, things can get busy at times. But if these results are anything to go by, the wait would surely be worth it.
We met up again two weeks later, and I was brimming with excitement to see the finished product come to life. The idea behind the pendant was to create something that was unique whilst also seamlessly blending and complementing the current streetwear trends.
Thus, I opted to make use of our very own Hype & Stuff logo and embellish the ‘H’ with diamonds (inspired by the super-bling grillz).
I personally feel that the charm of most types of jewellery lies within the story and meaning behind the pieces instead of a full-on, “hey, look at me!” type of screaming that a lot of pieces unfortunately aim for.
Plus, having it customised means that it’s undoubtedly one-of-a-kind, and that sparkles the most in my books.
Chezgrillz really helped me to bring my vision to fruition, bouncing off the ideas I had about the customised piece. Trust me when I say that you can count on them to create a masterpiece for you.
The prices vary according to your design, as well as other quirky requests you may have but they are all reasonably priced for something so unique.
Have you reached the point where your eyes are tired of looking at the same style on everyone? Getting some custom jewellery (or ultra unique bling bling grillz) might just be your best option.
Prices: TBA upon consultation, varies based on choice of design