Traditional Men’s Jewelry
Traditionally, in our western culture, jewelry is made for women. The few exceptions, such as watches, wedding rings, tie clasps and cuff links were not even considered as such. Masculinity meant following a narrow line of propriety, depending on one’s social status. Indeed, those items were considered symbols of said status. But as we evolved as a society, masculinity could be expressed in many ways, and slowly but surely jewelry for men became more and more acceptable.
Contemporary Men’s Jewelry
While traditional accessories are always a welcomed addition to a man’s collection of jewelry, and still represent a certain status when worn with dress clothes, the large variety of styles allow men a more playful approach to those items as well as ones which were not traditionally considered suitable for men. Rings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets are widely acceptable, as a result of the introduction of alternative lifestyles, starting with the hippie movement of the 1960′, through Rock and Roll, Goth and the latest addition of Hip Hop cultures all added their own take on male aesthetics and included.
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