Throughout the age of time men have wore jewelry for multiple reasons. Some tribes wore necklaces made out of the very leather that came from their last night’s kill and were used to put special items or “pendants” to display certain characteristics or victories. One might put the talon of an eagle on his necklace, usually displayed to mean dominance and deadly power, to let people know that he was not to be taken lightly. However, another man might put a symbol resembling a bear, which usually represent medicine and healing, which was usually worn by the medicine man of that tribe. While we know that most of the people in this day and time used leather as a preferred choice for jewelry, there are numerous examples and proof of other types as well. Corded necklaces, made together from local plants such as hemp, were also commonly used.
While you might not think that today’s modern man would even come close to resemble that of the primitive savage that once roamed the earth, take a closer look. You might be surprised to see that something’s have not really changed at all. Today different UFC fighters wear unique tribal pendants and jewelry displaying different traits or characteristics. Masculine pieces such as swords, daggers, eagle claws, and skull are just a few examples of unique articles of jewelry worn by what some people might call today’s most masculine men. TV shows like Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Gladiator show a whole new style of ancient roman jewelry with thick leather chokers and roman style carvings in the metal work.
Rockstars, on the other hand, take a different approach at style. Pendants made out of guitar picks and accessories made with famous artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and the Doors in mind cover every possible aspect of jewelry to wear. Hemp and corded necklaces can be seen on the necks of many famous artists and start and these pieces so closely resemble our ancestors it is insane.
In the busy and modern world of today one might think that we will soon see a new evolution when it comes to designing and creating jewelry. However, if you look at the trends of the past you might find that we are not creating new one, but refining and perfect the old ideas to our current taste and style.