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Mr. T

In another chapter in the contentious, controversial dialog over men's jewelry, the Wall Street Journal reveals that, "sales of men's bling have taken off, nearly doubling from 2004 to 2006 and reaching $6 billion in the U.S." No suckers, _The Journal_ intimates that perhaps these figures have as much to do with clever luxury promotion and the recent crests in middle-class ostentation as true style. According to one expert, the trend has moved from hipsters and rappers to, "orthodontists in New Jersey,"—a tipping point or a death knell. Russell Simmons , with a somewhat different perspective, says he's never seen, "a more untapped market."

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