The cross symbol has been a classic element in jewelry for many generations. Not only does it have historical and traditional value rich in meaning and emotion, the cross is also a timeless shape that can take on many unique styles and fashionable designs. For this reason it is a design that is popular with both men and women of all ages.
Who Wears A Men’s Cross Necklace?
Of the types of jewelry men wear, cross necklaces are among the most popular across all ages. Many men choose to wear a cross as a visible reminder of their religious faith. Others may wear a cross necklace style that they don’t attribute any deep meaning to, but that they like the looks of.
It’s interesting to note that many men who do not wear any other jewelry, except perhaps a watch, will choose to wear a cross necklace. Some of them receive the cross as a gift from someone important in their life, and they want to keep this treasure with them at all times.
When the necklace is worn, the cross lies on the neck or chest, close to the bearer’s heart. This alone can provide comfort and bring solace when facing life’s everyday challenges.
Regardless of the reason for wearing one, more and more men are wearing cross necklaces. The most recent new style of cross to hit the market is the sideways cross necklace. These have been a solid fashion trend for women over the past few years, and now they are quickly rising in availability and popularity with men as well.
What Are Sideways Cross Necklaces?
The name of the sideways cross is very descriptive. It refers to a cross that lays on its side. Traditional cross necklaces have a cross pendant that has an eyelet attached. As with all pendants, the necklace chain is passed through the eyelet so that the cross hangs down vertically, in a standing up position.
But with a side cross necklace, the cross is affixed to the chain at both the top and bottom most points of the cross. The result is that when worn, the cross is seen as lying down horizontally, or sideways.
This sideways orientation is a unique departure from the usual crosses we see. As a result, it has a huge appeal to people who are comfortable in outwardly expressing their unique individuality.
How Do Men’s Sideways Cross Necklaces Differ From Women’s?
There are many different styles of side cross necklaces available. Up until recently, nearly all of these were designed with women in mind. Now jewelry designers all over the world are coming out with new variations not only for women, but for men as well. These styles come in an assortment of cross shape, metal, and color.
In general, the main characteristics of sideways cross necklaces for men are:
- Size and Shape – The crosses on these necklaces are often larger than women’s. This is so that they look in proportion on men who typically have larger builds and thicker necks. There are smaller ones as well for smaller framed men or young men and boys. Many side cross necklaces can be worn by either sex. The Celtic cross is a variation of the cross shape that is popular with many young men.
- Thickness – Men’s crosses are usually thicker and heavier, giving a more substantial look to them. Likewise, the chain itself is typically thicker. While women more often prefer delicate or elegant fashions, men like something that is strong and solid.
- Material – Sterling silver or 10k / 14k gold cross necklaces for men are most common. These are both solid, durable metals of neutral colors that appeal most to men. A shade such as rose gold is not often seen in men’s jewelry. Some men’s styles are made with a leather cord chain instead of a metal chain.
- Color and Stones – In general, men seem to prefer the natural metal color of gold or silver, or something dark like black or shades of gray. They may have one small stone accenting the cross, but this is less common. In contrast, women’s side cross necklaces often have rows of diamonds or colorful stones, or the cross itself is a bright color.