Thursday, August 24, 2017

Do Men Have a Relationship with Jewelry?

"I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. 
They've experienced pain and bought jewelry." ~ Rita Radner

I've noticed more men than ever before browsing the shows, so when I came across the above quote, I thought...Do men have a true personal interest in jewelry?

As with almost everything down through history, there seems to be uncommon ground between the sexes when talking about jewelry. That holds true today as much as ever when it comes to the kinds and styles of jewelry men are wearing. Cultural, religious and social differences around the world determine how and what men choose to wear. Jewelry sends signals of both men and women about who we are, the commitments we have made, our belief system and our level in society. However, especially in the world of business, there are some definite guidelines for accessories that are acceptable men's wear and those they are better off to avoid.

Acceptable accessories for well-dressed professional men in today's business world are of simple design and, for the most part, made from elements of metal and natural leather. A functional piece, such as a gold or silver watch with a matching or a soft leather band is a perfect accompaniment. A wedding ring has been accepted without question for as long as they have existed; but other types of rings, in general, are kept to a minimum. Large precious stones seem to be avoided, although a small stone in a ring or ear stud might be all right, if the dress code allows.

Some other ways to adorn business attire would be:

  • Upgrading simple brass blazer buttons to gold, silver or mother of pearl buttons is a subtle way to express individuality.
  • Cufflinks for French or double cuffs made of precious metals and of simple design are more formal, while novelty designs and silk knots can be considered informal office wear and have become popular with younger men.
  • Tie accents are both functional and ornamental and are widely accepted, using some restraint.
  • Lapel pins of a variety of designs can be strictly ornamental or can attach a commitment to a group or affiliation.

These are some of the basics practiced by the professional in a structured corporate setting. However, through the years, trends have changed drastically for more informal business environments and casual accessories. Here are a few:

  • Watches, functional and worn by many, are acceptable in almost all circumstances, depending on the style. In the current fashion world, they are made of metal, leather, cloth, plastic and other synthetics and come in an array of subtle and outrageous colors and designs.
  • Rings are symbols of commitment and affiliation - wedding and friendship rings, class rings, championship rings - and can usually be worn in any combination a man is comfortable with.
  • Bracelets are widely acceptable men's wear today and are decorative, functional, cause-related or are worn for medical awareness.
  • Belt buckles can be monogrammed, trophies for contest winners or heirlooms.
  • Necklaces are mainly personal preference in materials, lengths and combinations. They are favored among many men because they can be proudly sported outside or hidden when necessary under a shirt.
  • Earrings have become almost as acceptable for men as for women these days, and can easily be removed if required for work.

And there you have it. In answer to my original question, I guess that men do have a personal interest in wearing jewelry, in one form or another in both social and business environments. As our social boundaries become more accepting and tolerating, I think men are finding jewelry a way to express themselves as never before. I am excited to welcome our male counterparts into the world of modern jewelry making.

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