Men and Jewellery
Although it was normal in the ancient world for men to wear jewellery, from time of the Puritans and Cromwell’s Republic onwards, it was considered socially unacceptable, save for the possible exception of a ring signifying marriage or high office. Even women were expected to keep their adornments to a level of moderation until long after the restoration.
Over the past few decades it has become increasingly acceptable and even normal for men to wear jewellery, although it still depends on who you ask. And then of course there is the vexed question of how much jewellery? To Mr. T, that wasn’t a problem. But that was his gimmick – plus he was strong enough to carry it off… literally. But for most men, that much gold would turn one not into the king of bling but rather the court jester. Indeed, one writer described such adornment as “social suicide.”
Connotation of Strength
The general consensus seems to be that unless you’re a dark haired Italian or a swarthy Latin American you should not wear gemstones – and if you do, don’t expect to carry it off with panache. But metal is another matter. After all metal is inherently masculine. Cars are made of metal. Metal is used in the super-structure of buildings. Ships and aircraft are made of metal. Indeed, the most well-known attribute of metal is that it is strong. And wearing a material that has connotations of strength is not something that men need be ashamed of.
So it is perfectly acceptable in the modern world for a man to wear a metal bracelet, ring or necklace. This is good news for men with ailments like osteoarthritis or carpel tunnel syndrome who wish to try magnetic therapy to treat or alleviate their ailments. Copper magnetic bracelets for men are a firm favourite, as are titanium magnetic bracelets. These have a distinctly masculine look about them and men need seldom feel self-conscious about wearing them.
I say seldom, rather than never, because there are some more conservative environments where they might not go down to well. The boardroom of IBM would probably not welcome men wearing jewellery. And one might feel uncomfortable wearing them in the Master's common room at Eton or Harrow. But as one modern day bard said, the times they are changing. And for most men, wearing magnetic jewellery is a choice that can be made without fear of social stigma.