The first jewelry worn by men dates back to the Stone Age. They were worn as amulets or as objects to indicate something. For example nails and fangs were used as totems, showing the warrior’s strength, and it was believed that by wearing them as necklaces around the neck the man was gaining the power of the dead beast or enemy.
In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, priests wore accessories on the neck, arms, and head that were believed to be sacred. While for the Egyptian monarchs it was a symbol of wealth, power and authority. The necklaces they wore were impressive sun-shaped. The Vikings on the other hand wore ax-shaped necklaces thatindicated strength.
The evolution in men’s jewelry
In the Middle Ages only priests and rich nobles could wear jewelry. Ornate men’s necklaces from gold and silver, decorated with precious stones. Thus they indicated the power and the class position they held. That has changed over the centuries. Jewelry became available to all social classes.
Necklaces as amulets
In addition to their use as jewelry necklaces in the Medieval ages were also used as amulets against evil and were considered to bring good luck to the wearer. Most amulet necklaces had a long chain so to be close to the heart.
Necklaces as seals
Necklaces were also used as stamps to seal documents or letters. The sealing stones used for sealing, had a hole on the top so that a string or chain could be pass and then to be hang around the neck.
Today’s men’s necklaces
Today there are many designs of men’s necklaces. It is an accessory that is quite present in the daily life of men. The material can be differ, it can be made of gold, silver, steel, leather, etc. Steel is a material that is quite common in necklaces as it is very durable, has no color changes in contact with water and is also economical. The same goes for silver. They may also have stones that give them color. There are necklaces for all tastes of men short or long.