With the advent of cremation jewelry there has been an upswing in the popularity of the jewelry among men. Traditional jewelry had been made primarily of materials such as sterling silver in shapes such as hearts. More masculine designs have become popular such as Celtic designs and other symbols of power or strength. The pendants are usually made larger than the woman’s cremation jewelry.
Jewelry materials popular among men
A wide variety of different materials are used in men’s jewelry. Some of the more popular materials include stainless steel. Stainless steel cremation jewelry is known for being an extremely durable material which is corrosion resistant as it contains a minimum of 11% chromium. The material was first acknowledged in 1821 when the material was first used by a French man for cutlery. Stainless steel jewelry continues to be one of most popular material choices available for men.
Another popular material used in men’s cremation jewelry is titanium. Titanium is renowned for its exceptional strength and weight. The material is considered by many as a “space age metal” as it has found its way into the aerospace and military fields. Titanium is roughly 50% lighter then materials such as stainless steel and offers equal strength to low-grade steel alloys. Another beneficial factor to titanium is the resistance to nickel allergies. Many people that experience nickel allergies that occur in sterling silver or gold will not be affected by wearing titanium cremation jewelry.
Wood jewelry offers a unique living memorial in which hundreds of different species are available. Wood is often perceived as being a much warmer material then metals due to its organic nature. A variety of unique woods such as the bocote shown to the left are available. This tropical wood is prized for its dramatic graining pattern. Other woods such as ancient kauri are available and have a very distinctive history. Ancient kauri wood is harvested from locations like New Zealand where the wood has been preserved in peat moss for up to 50,000 years. This reclaimed wood is a popular choice for men’s cremation jewelry due to its unique brilliance and rarity.