As strange as it may sound, the history of jewelry begins with men. In the times of primitive people, they put on amulets for hunting. Ancient people believed that amulets had magical powers - they protected from dangers, gave strength and dexterity. Decoration served not only as a talisman. It indicated a social position, or belonging to a certain type of activity. For example, pharaohs wore necklaces made of gold and precious stones.
This era marked the beginning of the Crusades, which spread jewelry techniques throughout Europe. Jewelry and gems have become more accessible. They were acquired not only by the wealthy, but also by “ordinary people”. In order to preserve the symbol of status and privilege of jewelry, the authorities passed a law. It talked about limiting the amount of jewelry commoners could wear.
In the 18th century, men wore rings and decorated their chests with orders. Fashionistas put on jewelry over gloves, did not take them off even during hunting and battle. Cavaliers trimmed collars, sides and sleeves of camisoles with diamond stripes from separate links with small loops on the sides. Shoes decorated with precious stones.
In the 19th century, men began to wear less jewelry. Cufflinks, tie pins, wedding rings and watches remain in use. Diamonds and pearls are now used as inserts. Colored stones are going out of fashion.
A man of the 20th century is an active public figure, an intellectual and an intellectual. The attributes of a modern man are a pocket watch on a chain, a personalized cigarette case and custom-made cufflinks. A business suit is complemented by neckerchiefs decorated with pins. Pop culture has changed not only public attitudes, but also the appearance of men. At this time, many creative professions appear, where they can more freely express their taste. Pendants symbolizing the signs of the zodiac appear in jewelry stores.
The 21st century is the time of exoticism, individuality and exclusivity. Brands position jewelry not as an indicator of status, but as a reflection of their internal philosophy, views, and ideas. Men don't care about carats. The main thing is that the decoration emphasizes its dignity. Modern decorations are distinguished by simplicity, geometric ornament, conciseness. Among the popular jewelry: wedding rings, rings and chains. Men's bracelets are becoming popular. Tie pins and cufflinks are back in fashion. They complement a business suit well. Jewelry is used as an element of style.