A Brief History of Male Jewelry
In ancient Rome, the average man would have loved to wear jewelry but he was forbidden by the rule of law. In Western society, wearing earrings were considered womanish during the 19th and earlier half of the 20th century.
Why mens jewelry is important?
A man’s jewelry is a very important part of his ensemble. If he wears too much, he looks assuming or artificial. If he wears it correctly, the decoration can significantly increase his appeal.
4 Rules for Men When Wearing Jewelry
- Keep It Simple
When in doubt, keep it simple. Start with a classic leather-strapped silver watch; if you regularly wear a watch and can afford it, consider a sportier diving watch with a stainless steel band as well.
- Match Metals
Most men’s jewelry is metallic. Gold and silver tones are the most common. Your outfits should only feature one metal tone at a time. Gold is a warmer color and reads, predictably. Silver and silver-tone metals like polished stainless steel or chrome are neutral – they read as grays. Copper and bronze are orange-hued metals and should be treated as such. They’re bolder than gold or silver and need to be worn with restraint. A single color of stone on a ring or a single colored ear stud is the max.
- Understand Jewelry’s Symbolism Jewelry has meaning.
You can’t get away from this. Despite it taking up only a tiny percent of your visual presentation, people zero in on jewelry thanks to its flash and uncommon usage by men. That means a man has to be careful when wearing jewelry pieces outside the norm. It’s easy to appear flashy when you start including nondescript jewelry in your daily getup.
- Jewelry and Dress Codes
In the business world, company dress codes can severely restrict male jewelry. Often phrased in a politically correct tone such as, “Men should only wear tasteful pieces of jewelry,” you’ll find in practice that this means not rocking the boat and conforming to the status quo.
What Kind of Jewelry Can Men Wear In Play and Work?
Neck: Short chains and necklaces aren’t generally recommended for the office or, for that matter, any formal setting. But if you need to wear a chain with a pendant for religious or personal reasons, make sure that it is long enough to get hidden under your shirt.
Ties & Cuffs: Scarf pin and cuff links are considered rather old school, but for those who still wear them — and there are many who do these are important accessories that make more than a subtle style statement.
Hand: A single bracelet can be worn, but keep it neatly tucked under the cuff of your shirt. If you wear shirts with short sleeves. It’s suggested you refrain from wearing it at all.
Fingers: Jewelry, specifically a ring, not only looks showy but can also be obstructive especially when you are driving, working on a laptop, or even shaking hands with a business associate. For men, wearing one ring is somewhat universally acceptable.
Ears: When planning uniforms and grooming guidelines for companies, strict guidelines are put in place not to allow ear studs for men, unless the employees are from places and communities where it is traditional, mandatory and acceptable for men to wear ear studs.
Ears: Contrary to a once-popular belief, a single ear stud does not indicate a man’s sexual preferences. It is just a personal expression. If you are into wearing studs, a square-cut diamond makes sense it many situations (bigger is always better).
Hands: During your time off work, you can make a subtle and sometimes strong statement by wearing a thick bracelet.
Fingers: When it comes to rings, one is better than many. But based on your personality and at the risk of looking like music composer Bappi Lahiri, you may wear two or more eye-catching rings.
Wrist: Most jeweled and handcrafted watches are collectibles. Go for gold, titanium or platinum.
Neck: A short, thin and slim chain, ideally in platinum, silver or dull gold, may be worn. For optimum comfort, the chain should be lightweight and smooth enough so that it does not tug at the hair on your chest.
Male jewelry – Is it a way to be cool, or does it make you look like a fool? Does it make a dent in your masculinity or does it enhance your urbane look and sartorial attire? Try out wearing some pieces and get feedback from your friends and family. You may find that it is just what you have been missing.