Men's jewelry has a charm of its own, and while it is true that women seem to wear jewelry more often, this does not mean that men do not flaunt these ornaments.
Right from gold jewelry to silver ornaments, men wear it all. In fact, precious and semi-precious stones are also used by designers in crafting jewelry for men. It is a fact that men have been wearing jewelry since ages now and going by the look of things, it seems that this trend will continue forever and ever.
Let us take a look at how men's accessories has come a full circle by assessing the various reasons as to why men wore these ornaments -
Cosmetic enhancement - Just like women, men also wear jewellery items like rings or gold chains or even platinum bracelets to enhance their cosmetic appeal. Right from the time of ancient age's man have worn these ornaments for bettering their appearance. Kings wore as much jewelry as the queens did, while the affluent followed suit by making ornaments likes rings, chains, and even bracelets a part of their dress codes.
Flaunting of wealth - Another purpose that jewelry served for both men and women was the 'show off' value that it offered. Gold jewelry held a special position since it was considered an expensive metal and this is also the reason why most precious gems were studded in this metal. Even today jewelry made from gold holds a special place of importance and boasts of a higher possession value.
Cultural Reasons - Men's jewelry often took on the form of a weapon too. The Sikh clan till today wears a particular bracelet that plays the part of a protection weapon. The crown of the king came into existence as a protective head gear. Chains of a particular type were also designed as a weapon of sorts. Many men even today wear jewelry that can be used as a form of a weapon.
Marital Status- Much like women, jewelry rings are often worn by men to highlight their marital status. A man with a ring on his right-hand ring finger is taken to be married or engaged. This is very common especially in the Western part of the world.
Spiritual purposes - There are many cultures where men will wear jewelry to attract the right vibes from the universe. More often than not these ornaments are rings with a particular type and size of gems studded in it. However, lockets and bracelets are also common in these cases. These cosmic ornaments are supposed to bring in luck and sometimes also good health.
Men's jewellery is a rapidly growing industry. It sis now found easily at a neglected market. Several designers are today creating only for men. Right from gold chains to silver cuff-links, the men's section of the jewelry stores will house it all. The range of such jewelry is rather extensive in both design and price. This is why men are wearing ornaments on an everyday basis as well as special occasions.
Your metals must match. If you're wearing a gold bracelet, then your rings and pins and pendants must also be golden. If you're wearing silver, then all jewelry should be silver. Wearing different kinds of metals together will look out of place. Here's a trick: silver is easier to match than gold, and it also goes with every outfit, unlike gold. If you ever want to wear more than one piece of jewelry, go for silver.
Not all jewellery is fit for all places or occasions. Save the finger cuffs and bracelets for the pub and wear only the basics- watch, cufflinks, lapel pin, wedding band- to an office.
Jewellery for men is changing. Incorporating jewelry into your look should begin small, and then you can start to experiment when you feel confident.