For decades, pearls have been associated with women. Even though the perception has changed over the last few years, men are still a rarity when it comes to wearing pearls.

However, there are many reasons why men should start wearing them more often. Here are some of the most common reasons why:

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Pearls are a classic accessory that can be worn with anything. Whether you’re going for a formal look or a more casual one, pearls will always fit in. They’re also great gift ideas for any occasion, from birthdays to anniversaries and even Christmas!

Pearls are affordable, so there’s no need to break the bank when buying them. This makes them perfect for anyone who’s looking for an accessory that won’t break their budget.

Historical significance

Men have been wearing pearls for centuries. First used as currency, pearls were later adopted by royalty, clergy and wealthy merchants. Pearls have long represented purity, love and innocence.


Also, pearls have long been a symbol of purity and innocence. From ancient times, pearls have been synonymous with purity because they’re formed within the soft inner tissue of oysters, which are often compared to female genitalia (because they’re soft and pearly).

Additionally, pearl is the gemstone representing the moon due to its many variations in color and sheen—just like the ever-changing appearance of our lunar companion.

And finally, in both Eastern and Western cultures alike, pearls are considered a symbol of wisdom because their iridescence resembles drops of dew shining on leaves or grasses after rain.

As for wealth? Well let’s just say that although there is evidence that people started wearing pearls as an expression of their status—the honor went to items such as gold watches or diamond rings instead.”

Stepping out of the concept of masculinity

Men are wearing pearls because they’re breaking the stereotype of masculinity.

In the past, pearl necklaces were considered to be a sign of femininity and high status. This was especially true in ancient times when pearl necklaces were used to show wealth and power.

Some cultures have even attributed magical properties to pearls, such as protection from evil and disease.

Today, we still associate pearls with luxury, but for men who want to wear them as part of their outfit, that’s not enough—they need something more powerful behind their choice so that it doesn’t look like they’re just trying to follow trends or copy others’ style choices blindly (after all, there’s nothing worse than someone who tries too hard).

I found this interesting youtube video by Khadija Mbowe to be very insightful. She talks about the concept of masculinity and modern society’s view of men wearing pearls (see below).

Men and Pearls by Khadija Mbowe

It is not just a women’s accessory anymore.

Men are wearing pearls as a fashion accessory, as a sign of wealth and class. In fact, it is a sign of wealth and class in the 21st century.

Men have been wearing pearls on their ties for quite some time now, but only recently has it become fashionable for men to wear them around their necks as necklaces or bracelets. There are several reasons why this trend is becoming popular among men:

A man wearing pearl necklaces
  • Men want to dress up just like women do
  • Men want to take part in one of the few things that remain feminine after being feminized by feminism (i.e., feminism). This is a controversial reason that has been cited by some.
  • Also, some Millennials believe that gender roles should not exist anymore because they think they’re “patriarchal” or whatever other reason they can come up with at any given moment when asked why something should be done differently than conventionally accepted.


Men are increasingly starting to wear pearls as a symbol of their status, wealth and power. The style has become popular amongst celebrities and other high-profile men who want to make an impression on others when attending social events.

This is gradually influencing the fashion choice of men in general, and it is not far-fetched to expect pearls to become a feature of a sophisticated man’s wardrobe.

About the Author


I am a pearl and oyster enthusiast who loves to share her knowledge and experiences about fashion with the world. I am neither a certified gemologist nor a reseller of pearls.

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