Parent Conversation Guides

Why Men Don’t Wear Pearls

Why Men Don’t Wear Pearls

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it. What is there to say about watches, rings, earrings, etc. But there is a world worth exploring with your child.

  • Whether it’s a woven bracelet at camp or a necklace with a locket, we adorn ourselves with items that carry special meaning.
  • Because jewelry is often expensive, because people have to save up for it, it’s often seen as having extra meaning. Very often people engrave extra special messages – personal messages.
  • Both men and women wear rings, earrings, chains, brooches, watches, nose and tongue piercings (sorry – had to go there)
  • Do crowns count as jewelry?
  • Long ago people used to weave hair from their dead relatives into jewelry as a way to remember them. What do you think about that?
  • People use jewelry to tell the world about their faith, their schools, their sports teams, their ethnicity, their favorite beaches and vacation spots, their pets, holidays, their military service – their birthday stones. You get the picture.
  • Explore how they see the difference between men’s and women’s jewelry. Maybe check out pictures of their favorite performers and see what they wear.
  • Ask them why they think men don’t (generally) wear pearls?

For a while after you have the discussion, it will be fun to notice/point out examples when you see them. Find a claddagh or school ring? People wearing crosses? Holiday earrings?