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Jewelry Are For Men Too

Mar 12, 2008
Jewelry has always been associated with women so there's nothing new and surprising about women wearing jewelry. In fact women don't just receive jewelry as gifts anymore. Since they have become more financially independent, they have become more comfortable and confident in doing their own jewelry shopping. But with men, it is different. Based on history, men have long been fascinated with jewelry like women. However, their interest faded to a point that society deemed it unacceptable for them to don jewelry. Only recently have men become interested again in jewelry. As such, the industry responded to this increased demand by producing more kinds and styles of men's jewelry.

According to the surveys conducted by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC), a lot of men have adapted to this trend and are starting to buy and wear jewelry. Survey results show that 51 percent of men do their own jewelry shopping and 68 percent of men wear at least two pieces of jewelry at the same time. A small percentage, merely 27 percent, still feels uncomfortable with wearing men's jewelry. Among the men who wear jewelry, 46 percent wear a necklace, 63 percent bear a fashion ring, and 84 percent sport a watch.

When it comes to women, the survey reflects that over 50 percent of those who were asked about their male loved ones said that they would prefer if they (the men) wear more jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Around 59 percent also said that they think their men looked really good and well-groomed wearing jewelry with precious stones like diamonds.

If you look at those statistics and analyze them well, you would understand why a lot of jewelry makers have expanded their existing product line and added more styles and types of men's jewelry to it. If you go to jewelry stores or visit online retailers, you'll notice that there has been a boom in the choices of men's jewelry that are available. For the conservative men, there are common accessories such as chains, rings, and bracelets with simple designs. For the more adventurous types, there are also distinctive pieces available, such as diamond-studded cufflinks and tie pins, and filigreed hip flasks. And for the minority of men who still feel awkward about wearing jewelry, a lot of these jewelry makers have launched non-jewelry accessories such as diamond and silver key chains, pens embellished with precious stones, and other bejeweled sophisticated versions of everyday items.

Men's jewelry is fast becoming popular in many places around the world, such as the United States, particularly in Las Vegas and New York. It is also considered as the in thing in European nations such as France and Germany. Even in Israel jewelry-wearing has become a fad for men. London, however, remains a bit more conservative.

The image of jewelry has radically changed. It is now more acceptable for men as it is for women. The negative stereotypes associated with men who are wearing jewelry are fading. Probably in a few years' time, those stereotypes would totally disappear and result in jewelry as a fashion staple for men.
About the Author
2008 Jason Tye. Jason Tye is the webmaster and owner of the mens jewelry emporium - homme rock, specializing in quality, designer jewelry and rings, for men.
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