Men have been wearing jewellery ever since the first discoveries of precious metals and gemstones. Throughout history, expensive accessories have been used to display power, wealth and opulence in cultures across the world. From exquisite carved jade in Asia to the sparkling gold and diamonds of the African plains, men have adorned themselves with jewellery of all kinds as a matter of course.
The notion that jewellery is a feminine way of accessorizing is most definitely a modern one, and specifically one that has been most adopted in the western world. With the exception of wedding rings, many guys would not even consider wearing jewellery, and those that do will often restrict themselves to only wearing plain metal chains and understated studs. Thankfully, however, a resurgence in men’s jewellery has graced our catwalks and fashion houses in recent years, once again allowing men the option to express themselves in this most traditional of ways.
It is becoming increasingly common to see men wearing jewellery that just a decade ago would have been considered exclusively feminine. From necklaces with beautiful cut gemstones to hanging earrings that sway in the breeze, the world of men’s jewellery has opened up significantly and with it the fashion industry too.
From rappers to K-pop stars, celebrities and people in the public eye have helped to normalize this new/old trend once again, allowing the every man on the street to put himself out there and wear the items that make him feel his very best. After all, whether we’re talking about jewellery, fashion or even make-up, the most important thing is that people are free to be themselves and express their identity however they see fit. So, whether your quite happy sticking with your wedding ring or you want to be covered in gold from head to toe, go for it. There are centuries of fashion history backing you all the way.