African Men’s Jewelry From Antiquity – The African Man in the World of Clothing and Finery


It is a challenge to want to talk about clothing and finery in Africa, from antiquity to today, even in a full day. Both the subject is rich. Many things have been discovered about this over time, but many still remain to be discovered. In particular, the focus of this article is geared towards African men’s jewelry. It seemed necessary to divide the theme into two essential parts. Which are to know :

  • Clothing which concerns only all that the man dresses his body and the various reasons inherent.
  • The ornaments that often complete the clothing and for which it should be understood: jewelry (with a focus on African men’s jewelry), hairstyle, tattoos, etc.

No Man is born fully dressed. Even nowadays, this miracle has not yet occurred! A retrospective look at the history of humanity shows us that it was not so long ago that the revolution that brought our ancestors from nudity to clothing, then clothing to fashion (clothing and finery) itself and, finally, contemporary fashion.

The reason for being a garment is plural and varies greatly according to the cultures and periods of history:

  • Practice (protection)
  • Symbolic (indicate a moral posture)
  • Social (display a status)
African Men's Finery

Young boys Somba (Batamrariba) of Atakora, Natitingou, Benin, shortly before 1960 | Source: National Archive of Nigeria, Ibadan.

The history of clothing is inseparable from its sociology: studying the conditions that contributed to its birth cannot be done without addressing the sociocultural issues of the period.

It is therefore necessary to dissociate the simple original clothes from the first costumes that will succeed them, gradually giving rise to the notion of fashion, of a purely utilitarian role – to protect the human body from bad weather and external aggression, to be able to move easily – the garment evolves by adding immaterial functions: adorned, it becomes adornment. Technical progress and increased trade lead to an acceleration of the pace of transformation from the 16th century. Activity originally very local, because dependent on the natural resources of a territory, clothing and Jewellery manufacturing today is at the heart of economic globalization.

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Inspirational Men’s Jewelry Items

Finding the jewelry for the men’s might be a daunting task for many people. It is very hard to find the right type of jewelry as such an inspirational men’s jewelry. The personality of the men’s decides what kind of jewelry he will prefer. Not all men’s like wearing jewelry. You need to take care of the various aspects of the person such as his need, his style, overall personality, what he likes and what doesn’t like, etc. The person who generally obtains a formal attire will prepare the decent type of jewelry that will suit his personality. He will not like to wear the bracelet, chain or any kind of jewelry which is visible from outside. His profession may not allow him to obtain such style while working in the corporate world. You should find the jewelry that is hidden or stay inside of the cloths.


Inspirational Men's Jewelry Items

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Types of Men’s Brooches

Men’s Brooches, a well-known ornament from the Roman Empire to the present newest trends proved out to be an admirable jewel.  This oldest jewellery has evolved from the fibula to rosette designs then to oriental taste and the chain keep on emerging till the date now, granting a new flavor of style and flair to the world. Thus, brooches were more on served as ornamental purpose than as any fastening pin. This pin adorns the entire outfit and yet is functional, catering an additional variety, look and attire to the outfits and styles.

In early age, Men’s Brooches being part of tradition, they were also meant to act like safety pins used to fastened or hold the cloths, garments tightly and closely. This is one of the classic jewelry which a man can keep on, exemplifying its personality, convictions, beliefs and views, often a medium of communication. Thus, this is one of the excellent ways to accent or reckon up the look which completes the attire to perfection, giving a final touch.

Men’s Brooches are now available in great varieties; some enameled either with bright colors or gems or both in numerous patterns all varying from a religious or traditional match to a very formal gathering. This decorative clasp and its design influence by the cultural and fashion trends and are of different types and are as follows:

1. Celtic Brooches

These penannular Men’s Brooches were brought from the Early Medieval period and were produced from highly precious metal. They are high quality jewels inspired by the secular arts.

This type of brooch is featured with a long pin attached by its head to a ring and is easily movable throughout the circular ring ends. The ring may be close or open. The ends of the ring are held closely to each other in case of penannular brooches and in pseudo- penannular type the ring is closed by the ends.

These Men’s Brooches come in several sizes and of the different metal, some engrossed with bright colours or stones or simply designed and patterned. The pin is passed through the cloth and then passed back over the ring to fastening the piece of cloth.

This Irish touch to the jewellery comfortably suits from a formal gathering to a family function and brings about a new character to the person personifying the royalty.

Celtic Brooches                                           Celtic Men's Brooches

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Types of Men’s Earrings that Adding Sparks in Personality

The style and appearance of any person exemplify not only the aura but also personifies its identity and integrity. Accessories play a great role in depicting one’s personal style and fashion. So, there are several adornments and add- on for men to reflect their personality and also gives a look which enhances their decency and make them stand out of the crowd. There are various types of appurtenances like men’s earrings, belts, cufflinks, bracelets, studs, shoes, bags watches, thin chains, rings, bands, light hats and much more. All these are embellishments for a man gives a man different attire, style and represents their voguish and trendy genre.

Talking especially about men’s earrings, it’s a part of their lifestyle from many civilisations but the trend was not so attractive and in the mainstream. From long back men’s earrings have been a symbol of cultural significance and nowadays this fashion of earrings for men is becoming prominent and is highly acceptable in today’s culture. A man wearing earrings shows a certainly a different personality of them showcasing their quality of bravery, vulpine class, audacity and peculiarity.

Men’s earrings adding spunk to one’s character are available in many patterns, materials with different styles holding them. There is numerous piercing style, some of them are, scaffold, rim, snug, lobe, conch, inner pinner, diath, rook and tragus.

Mainly there are two types of men’s earrings,

pierced and non- pierced/ mobile earrings.

1. Pierced Earrings: These are the fixed ones and can remain in one place for longer period of time.

2. Non – pierced Earrings: These are mobile ones which can be changed frequently. These are easy to wear and come in different styles such as magnetic, clip – on, stick- on and et cetera.

Men’s earrings are may be designed in pairs or in solitary units with small and simple gems or semi-precious stones signifying man’s masculinity and manliness. There are all manners of earrings designed for men giving them formal or casual look as per the occasion and choice, types of distinct earrings are as follows:

1. Studs Men’s Earrings:

These pieces of earrings are the famous from very long time. These ornaments are certainly simple and adorable giving a causal as well as a dashing look depending upon the pattern, shape and colour of the earring. The stud made up of gold or diamond piece at the front gives a decent look and even suits on two- piece for men.

a. The studs are designed in a way that they appear as a freely associated symbol floats at the front of the ear and a thin- small attached rob is tend to be penetrated through the earlobe.

b. The newel is made up of steel, gold or hyper- allergic metal alloy. The stud formed of gold or silver may be shaped as in flat, pure, plated or sterling attached with a symbol, a gemstone or diamond or any coating is inlayed. The backing can be a screw on the clasp, a cap or a butterfly clasp.

c. Studs are available in a large range from a simple plastic/ rubber lobe to a most expensive material diamond with tremendous variety in designs, patterns, shapes and symbols associated with love, music, square, rectangle, round et al.

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