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Article: Why Every Man Needs a Pearl Necklace in His Collection

Man wearing a plain white vest with a shadow across his chest. He's styling two simple and real mens pearl necklaces

Why Every Man Needs a Pearl Necklace in His Collection

In the world of men's jewellery, every blog seems to shout about the "new trend" in men's pearls. They love talking about celebrities wearing pearls lately, but they're missing something important – an untold story that's been part of our history for decades and has been overlooked for far too long.

Beyond all the hype and famous names, the rise of the mens pearl necklace isn't just a passing trend. It's a nod to where we came from. In fact, despite its recent surge in popularity, it's not a new thing at all. So, let's uncover the forgotten history behind men's pearls that no one else is talking about, and reveal why every man needs at least one pearl necklace in his collection. 

Man wearing an open collar white shirt layering a freshwater pearl necklace and a silver pendant

Men were the first in history to wear pearl necklaces

Originally known as the 'Queen of Gems,' pearls were symbols of wealth, status, and power, exclusively reserved for the elite throughout history. Did you know that Roman Emperor Julius Caesar once declared that only the ruling class could don pearls? In Ancient Rome, pearls held a higher value than diamonds, and wearing them was forbidden for the working class.

In fact, guys wearing a pearl necklace is well documented throughout history. From Chinese royals in 2300 BC to Indian Maharajas and even ferocious Polynesian warriors, pearls were layered by men as symbols of power and protective amulets.

An Indian Maharaja and a ferocious Polynesian warrior wearing men's pearls

So, what changed the game? In 1893, Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto Kokichi revolutionised the pearl industry, making these natural gems more accessible through cultured pearl cultivation. Suddenly, pearls were no longer reserved for the elite few, and perhaps for some men, diminished the status and exclusivity that the real pearl necklace once held.

When did men stop wearing pearl necklaces?

In the 1900s, impactful marketing campaigns, guided by iconics like Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and Marilyn Monroe, reestablished pearls as a classic, and distinctly feminine style in the world of jewellery. And, this perception has remained the same for over 100 years. 

Marilyn Monroe and Coco Chanel wearing pearl necklaces

Fast forward to the present day, and men's pearls are making a comeback. What’s most exciting about men’s pearls today, is that they’re no longer worn solely as a symbol of wealth. As men's freshwater pearls become more available, it's all about design, exclusivity, and finding styles that set you apart. 

Man styling an ICED freshwater pearl necklace and bracelet set

Demand is ramping up, and with men around the world going all in, one brand is bringing back a much bolder, exclusive twist to the classic pearl necklace that was once lost. According to Alex Cannon, founder of, "Pearls show confidence and individuality. Men are looking to make a statement with their jewellery, and they’re not afraid to be different."

Man layering many different types of unique gold and silver real pearl necklaces. Woman's hands trying to grab them off of him

Enter CRAFTD London, leaders in the men's pearls space since 2020. They drop some of the most exclusive men's pearl necklaces in the game, delivering one-of-a-kind pieces for your collection that you won't find anywhere else. In fact, every new collection they've released to date has sold out within just minutes of its launch.

Men's compass real pearl necklace

Men’s Pearl Necklaces: Top 3 Picks

When it comes to men’s pearls, pearl necklaces are among the most frequently worn and sought-after types of jewellery out there. Here’s CRAFTD London’s top 3 most sought-after and restocked necklaces.


Man wearing a real clover freshwater pearl necklace in silver

If it's not the real deal, it's not CRAFTD. Handmade with all-natural Baroque pearls sourced directly from Mother Nature, no two are alike - ensuring a truly one-of-a-kind piece for your collection. Its adjustable length and secure lobster clasp allow for easy customisation, while the Silver Clover detailing invites you to layer the matching Clover Link Necklace with ease.


Man wearing a freshwater beaded real pearl necklace in 18K Gold

Not all pearls are created equal. Introducing real pearls for real men — all natural, fresh from Mother Nature, the highest quality at the most accessible level. Featuring signature iced spheres embellished in premium hand-set stones, these are the Rolls Royce of SS23. Remember, only the authentic are fit for layering, and in a world where average is overcrowded, nothing beats the real deal. 


Man with black t-shirt wearing a classic set of men's freshwater pearls

If you're new to men's pearls, start with a classic pearl necklace – a timeless piece that speaks volumes on its own, these are light, fresh and bold as hell. Once reserved for icons like ASAP Rocky and Travis Scott. Now, reserved for the CRAFTD Nation. Featuring individual freshwater pearls, these are perfect for layering, yet bold enough to stand alone.

This versatile pearl necklace can be effortlessly paired with your favourite gold and silver necklaces or even paired by a matching pearl bracelet. In fact, sets like the one featured below for men's pearls not only provide a cohesive style but also offer a 25% discount, fast and free shipping, and a lifetime guarantee.

Men's freshwater pearls necklace set

The perfect gift for the jewellery enthusiast in your life. Our most consistently sold out set to date, and most likely the very top of your wishlist. This double set includes 2 perfectly paired bestsellers that’ll quickly become favourites of your collection - a timeless addition to your wardrobe, guaranteed to last a lifetime.


The pearl necklace is undoubtedly one of the most timeless and premium pieces of jewellery you can wear. Whether you're a man or a woman, the impact is undeniable – when you layer a set of freshwater pearls, no other piece of jewellery hits harder or makes your outfit feel that much better.

While men were the first in history to wear pearls, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when pearls fell out of favour with male consumers. But one thing is clear – they're back, and they belong to the boys.

Man without top on wearing multiple pearl necklaces with a girls hand reaching up trying to grab them off of him

Besides, even if you still consider a pearl necklace to be a more feminine type of jewellery, it takes a truly confident man to wear them. Ultimately, it's about self-expression, and if it looks good, it looks good.

In a market flooded with fakes, CRAFTD pearls stand out through their impeccable quality and an accessible price point. Their collection showcases innovative designs, incorporating 18K Gold, silver, and exclusively all-natural, real pearls.

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