It’s not too late to get your swagger on for this weekend’s UM football game.
As the University of Miami prepares to face rival Notre Dame Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium, online shops have beefed up their inventory to include the latest bling bling — the UM turnover chain.
The thick, gold, “Cuban Link” necklace, which sports a bedazzled Canes logo, has become the team’s icon and the ultimate school-spirit accessory.
UM defensive coordinator Manny Diaz II, the son of the former Miami mayor, came up with the concept of placing the necklace over players’ heads when they intercepted a pass or recovered a fumble.
On eBay, a replica of the chain is being sold anywhere from $69 to $400.
Etsy is selling a ‘black-out’ edition for the UM logo, adorned with dazzling rhinestones. Cost? $80.
At Walmart, a not-so-fancy version is being sold for $9. It’s plastic and has no logo.
But maybe you don’t want that necklace hanging over your neck. As an alternative, you can get a T-shirt with a turnover chain on it for about $20. Just Google it.
Or maybe your mug wants a turnover chain too; no problem.
But don’t get it mixed up.
The original turnover chain — which spends the week in a secret place and comes out only on game day— was created by Cutler Bay jeweler, AJ Machado, also known as the “The King of Bling.” The chain harkens back to the 1980s era of swagger and end-zone-dancing Hurricanes.
Machado, who would not reveal the price of the jewelry to the Miami Herald, created the 36-inch chain of 10K gold mixed with alloys to keep the cost down. He then designed a six-and-a-half-inch “U” medallion encrusted with 900 small sapphire stones — 450 orange, 450 green.
And you know the phenomenon is real when a turnover chain becomes the perfect anniversary gift. Twitter user Greg Pollowitz has proven his dating game is on point.
“Me: What do you want for our anniversary?
Me: Hold my beer... #TurnoverChain,” he wrote.