Confession: I thoroughly enjoyed looking for the picture to use for today's post. So many hot guys with or without jewelry. *fans self*
*in a deep Southern preacher's voice* : God is good! *wink, wink*
So, after getting that confession off my chest, let me dive into today's post.
That was the sound of me diving. In case you were wondering. Or not. No, I didn't hurt myself.
Okay, let's start with a quick definition.
Jewelry are "decorative objects (such as rings, necklaces, and earrings) that people wear on their body."
Let's jump on the specific examples in the definition: rings, necklaces, earrings.
I can't tell you how many times I heard relatives (especially those in earlier generations like grandparents), pastors, teachers, etc make comments on a boy or man's character based on the jewelry he was wearing.
The common culprits are:
Neck chains (or Necklaces for Men)It does not matter if they are large and conspicuous (think of rapper bling bling) or simple gold pendants. In some people's minds, a man wearing any kind of neck chain or necklace is a bad boy. Confam!
Ear-rings (Studs, Hoops, Clip-ons)Small studs made of gold, silver, cubic zirconia, etc, or God forbid, real hoops. Any boy or man wearing one or more ear-rings is labelled a "bad boy." (Note how both boys and men are called "bad boys")
Honestly, I haven't heard any complaints about this one, but I imagine that anyone who would complain about the two examples above, could easily add rings to the list.
Wristwatches, nko?This is the elephant in the room, right? I mean, you can't talk about jewelry and not consider wristwatches. But are wristwatches even jewelry? I think it's debatable. Either way, I don't see how wearing a wristwatch can earn you a bad boy label.
I wonder what jewelry has to do with a man's character, though. I think the answer lies somewhere in our culture and the influence of Western civilization and religion/spirituality.
Presumably, a good guy wears none of these items (except maybe just a wristwatch). But you know you can't judge a book by its cover, ba?
Ideally, we should evaluate a man's character based on his actions and behavior. But in truth, his appearance matters. So, if being well-groomed, for example, means no jewelry to you, you might decide that any man wearing jewelry is deeply flawed. All these things are very subjective.
Personally, I can't take a man seriously if he wears earrings, especially at a certain age (30s, 40s, etc). But that's just me.
What do you think about men and jewelry? Love it, hate it or you don't care? Kindly share.
Oh yeah, before I bounce, Bye Bye April. Hello, May!
See you next month. ;-)