IntroductionThroughout history and in modern times African jewelry has not just been made for women but also for men. There are many stores and online sites that offer mens African inspired jewelry for sale. These stores offer stunning bracelets, necklaces, pendants and other types of jewelry which make great gifts. Todays African and Afrocentric jewelry for men has a modern and masculine design while keeping with the traditions and symbolism of tribal Africa. These pieces are usually not flamboyant but rather subtle and masculine. African and African inspired jewelry is worn by men for many reasons including style, to symbolize important things in their life, to display power, and to attract women.
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Materials Used for African Jewelry For MenThe materials used to make modern day mens African jewelry may be traditional tribal materials such as wood, stone, animal teeth, animal bone, animal hair, and leather. Other non-traditional tribal materials such as glass, gold, silver, and plastic may also be used. Although it should be noted, gold and silver has been used for centuries in some tribes.
Examples of Tribal African Jewelry For MenBelow is a list of interesting Africa facts pertaining to tribal African men wearing jewelry
- The men of the Dinka tribe of the southern Sudan adorn themselves with elaborate beads. They wear beaded necklaces and a tight-fitting male beaded corset. The colorsused indicate the mans age.
- The semi-nomadic pastoralists Samburu tribe of north central Kenya wear colorful beadwork. Red is an important color and represents the blood of their cattle and white represents the milk.
- For centuries the Asante tribe controlled vast gold resources in Africa. The Asante kings wore extravagant gold jewelry which often weighed them down.
- Maasai men and women wear wooden bracelets and brightly colored beads.
- The Zulu tribe is famous for their colorful beadwork. The jewelry is always created by women but is worn by both women and men. The color and shape of the beaded jewelry communicates to the other sex various information such as the individuals marital status.
- Berber tribesmen can be found wearing silver jewelry but never gold. The Prophet Muhammad did not approve of gold jewelry for men but did approve of silver.
- Dogon men wear bronze rings which are often inspired by legend and signify status.