A Quick Recap on The History of Men's Jewelry
We all know the saying "a diamond is a girl's best friend", and that women love to accessorize with different items of jewelry. Women have been known to wear earrings, necklaces, rings, and more. In past years, it wasn't normalized for men to wear jewelry. But, surprisingly, what most people don't know is that men actually started wearing jewelry long before women did.
In recent past years, men's fashion sense has taken a turn and jewelry has started to come back around for them. Magazines recently have had articles mentioning how men's jewelry is making a comeback since popular male figures have started wearing it again. But when did men begin to cherish jewelry, when and why did it stop, and when did it come back into the topic?
Men's jewelry has been around for over 200 years. During the renaissance period, kings were known for wearing jewelry. Back then kings wanted the biggest pieces of jewelry and the best because it reflected back onto them. Bigger and better gave them a higher status. For men wearing jewelry during this time was considered acceptable and also very fashionable.
Then came the 18th and 19th centuries, a century of change for men and jewelry. This was when men started to distance themselves from wearing big and bright pieces of jewelry. Men stopped expressing themselves with jewelry and started wearing ties and pocket squares. The only piece of jewelry you would ever really see a man wearing as fashion was their wedding band. Men wanted to have more of a "macho" look and many believed jewelry would not help them achieve that certain look.
The '60s came around, which was an era known for people being more open to expressing themselves and who they are. This is when the topic of men wearing jewelry came back into the topic. Since then men's jewelry has once again become relevant and fashionable. You will see men wearing earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and more. A common thing today in menswear is a gold chain, many being plain gold chains while others may hold a cross pendant.
People would normally call this on and off topic of men's jewelry a trend. Trends normally start with someone who is a well-known figure, who influences others. There are many men in the world that have affected the change in the history of men's jewelry. Listed below from the renaissance period to now are a couple of significant male figures who have and still do wear jewelry.
King Henry the VIII
Pope Julius II
(Listed from left to right)
Men have had different trends since history can recall. Bringing the jewelry trend back to life was definitely one of the top best trends to come back in a long time!