Curiously, after never having considered it so before, in a blink, men wearing jewelry became thought of as effete, or at very least, suspect of intent and morals. So in addition to all the pressure to look more serious, there was a not very subtle pressure to conform to an ever narrowing view of manliness.
It was the counterculture revolution, (there's that word again, sense a pattern here?) that first gave men license to wear jewelry again in the form of love beads and shell necklaces, peace sign pendants, earrings, and mood rings. And since that time there has been a slow, if not always steady increase in jewelry use for men. Now, very few men's couture collections or other runway collections do not include jewelry, some of it quite large showy.
Herewith a selection of things I've come across from the seriously beautiful to the outright silly. But one thing is sure. Men and jewelry is back.
Are you ready to rock the bling, boys?