Men, Jewelry and M.Cohen
The History and Evolution of Men’s Jewelry
Jewelry has been an integral part in various rituals that surround our human history and is ingrained in every aspect of human behaviour since the dawn of time. The earliest jewelries ever worn by humans were necklaces strung with Nassarius shells 100,000 years ago. Historians claim that the relationship between jewelry and mankind goes far and beyond the recorded history.
The love affair between men and jewelry is as ancient as the history of mankind itself
Animal teeth, feathers, shells, stone bracelets, metals, silver and gold adorned the bodies of our ancestors through the ages. Our forefathers used jewelry to convey power and social status, they used it for protection during battle and needless to say, for fashion statements as well. From royal aristocrats to pirates, from knights to sword-smith, the love affair between men and jewelry is as ancient as the history of mankind itself.
Men who started wearing jewelry long before women did
Flipping through the pages of history, evidence strongly suggests that it was men who started wearing jewelry long before women did. Rivalry between males competing for the tribe chief was not uncommon, so, each candidate took it upon himself to show that he was the better man. Those pieces of jewelry were crude at best, a stick made out of an unlucky enemy’s thigh bone perhaps, or his skull. But, however crude they may have been, they did the job more or less, providing position, power and protection to the user.
Jewelry to get attention, show wealth and allegiance
For example, in ancient Egypt, jewelries were a way to stand out in the crowd, so God would take notice of the one with most ornaments. It was commonly believed that the more ostentatious the jewelries, the more powerful the men. Royalties, aristocrats, priests, influential people from the ancient period embellished themselves with multi-tier necklaces, multiple rings, elaborate and expensive clothes. Also, rings were an important ornament to show wealth and allegiance.
Jewelries were also a way to ward off evil spirits. It not only protected from evil spirits but conveyed the financial and social status of the wearer as well. Jewelry since the beginning of time has been associated with social class, as having access to rare materials. Not only social, jewelries often fulfilled psychological satisfaction, as having jewelry or rare materials as being above the mass and in the upper echelons in the social hierarchy.
In ancient Greece, the soldiers wore jewelry to battle, leather and metal cuffs were worn to ward off evil spirits and protect the soldiers on the battleground. During the Renaissance, elaborate and expensive clothes became the norm among the royalties and wealthy in the society. Family crest and rings were vital in showing allegiances, political associations and family lineage. Other materials like religious symbols and other ornaments were vital to show religious loyalty. Gemstones were a vital part of the jewelry game. Precious and rare gemstones were directly linked to power and status.
Jewelry for fashion and purpose
The British Empire’s royalty, while taking over the world, took over its fashion trends as well, their gold chain trend. They popularized men’s jewelry throughout the history. In the 1500s heavy gold chains were gifted to loyal of British monarchy. Not only in Britain, in Europe, men wore single earrings during the Renaissance and Baroque period. Earrings were considered manly and an important part of body embellishment in the Europe during the Renaissance.
Apart from the powerful men on the land, the men at the sea, pirates and sailors, wore jewelries as life insurance. It was known that, if the dead body of the pirate or sailor turned up on shore, the jewelry on their body were used in exchange of other materials for performing a respectful proper funeral for them.
The World Wars in the 20th century took over the world in defeat, win and sadness. Millions of soldiers were given ‘dog-tags’ for identification purposes. After the war ended, those ID tags became a fashion statement among many youths, descended from those brave soldiers, in the west, paying homage to their fallen loved ones and others.
Making a comeback: Trendy Men’s Jewelry
Throughout history men have appreciated the jewelries in many forms from engagements rings, wedding bands to watches, necklaces and cuffs. But it cannot be denied that women have taken a front seat in the recent past being the more ornated sex. However, according to New York Times, men’s jewelry are ‘in trend’ now. Many influential and powerful men of our time like Hip Hop stars, Jay Z, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, P. Diddy and Pharrell Williams have been spotted wearing bracelets, chains and multiple rings on red carpet, on stage and off stage.
The royals always make the list, be it ancient times or modern. Britain’s Prince Harry is often photographed flaunting stacks of beaded bracelets and leather bracelets. Another British personality, David Beckham, the most loved footballer of all time, has been spotted wearing metal, beaded bracelets multiple times.
On the other side of the ocean, Hollywood actors seem to love their jewelry too. Johnny Depp, Gerard Butler, Chris Hemsworth, Jared Leto, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Downey Jr have often graced the magazine’s cover and TV screens with necklaces, bracelets and rings.
Times have changed, and tying a feather to your head would no longer be what you would call fashionable jewelry. But then, how are you supposed to continue your forefathers’ tradition of standing out from the rest, what with market overflowing with shoddy rip-offs? You call upon the one and only Maor Cohen. Among the many jewelry designers making their name today, Cohen stands out above the rest.
Hailing from the land of Israel, Cohen, with his M.Cohen Jewelry brand, is making and breaking headlines with his bold and timeless yet relevant pieces of jewelry. M.Cohen’s designs are inspired from exotic cultures, foreign landscapes and rich materials. He designs bracelets, necklaces, rings and cuffs for both men and women made from raw and precious elements like gold, silver, brass, leather, pearls, beads and gemstones.
M.Cohen is famously known for its concept of ‘stacking’ where wearer stack more than one jewelry above another to create their own signature style and identity. This concept is unique and Cobalt International (CobaltBkk), the exclusive distributor for M. Cohen in Thailand recently hosted a successful event on “Art of Stacking” featuring M. Cohen collections.
Lastly the question is, men since ages have been decorating themselves with jewelries in one form or another, then why stop now?
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