The hunter gatherer has gradually become influenced by the media and is becoming a more fashion conscious hunter gatherer. The modern man now sometimes reads fashion mens silver chains Canada magazines as apparently just beating his chest and expecting the women to come running no longer works. Influenced by sportsmen, actors and popstars many men are now wearing mens silver jewellery. It doesn’t stop at just mens silver rings, but encompasses mens silver bracelets and mens silver necklaces.
Not only are they wearing men’s silver jewellery but the look is often strong, statement pieces sometimes with tribal designs. However if you think about it the origins can be traced back to Ancient Egypt even then it was worn to symbolise power in the community. Like others the Egptians wore it in life, however the wealthy Egyptians also took it with them in death and it was placed amongst their other grave goods.
When Napolean Bonaparte was Emperor of France back in 1804 he revived the grandeur of jewellery in France. The Viking society places much importance on precious metals as symbols of wealth and power. Vikings would wear beautiful pieces with silver being the more common metal. These were more likely to be silver arm-rings and neck-rings. This show of wealth was extremely important to them comparable today to a flash car or a Rolex watch!
Beauty and symbolism were central to the Celtic culture with both men and women wearing both silver and gold. The Celtic style has survived to the modern day because of its beauty, although predominantly in silver although there is gold available. Probably one of the best known examples of it is the Claddagh ring. There is quite a story behind this ring which was created by a man named Richard Joyce who came from the village of Claddagh, near Galway in Ireland.
Captured and taken from his homeland, Richard Joyce was first held as a slave in the West Indies. Then his life improved slightly when he was sold to a Moorish gold smith and it was then that he learnt to make jewellery. He eventually became free, returned to Ireland and made the Claddagh to celebrate his return home, his love of his country and his people. A heart lies at the centre of the Claddagh ring as a symbol of love and is held in two hands which are symbols of friendship. At the top rests a crown which symbolises loyalty. Today it is popularly worn as a sign of fidelity or friendship, some choose it as a wedding ring. To wear this piece correctly if you are in a relationship you should have the heart facing yourself as it is not on offer! If you wish to open up your heart to new possibilities of love you can wear this silver ring with the heart facing outwards.