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Sexy Jewelry for Your Bae? Check Out These 10 Dog Tags!

by Lizzie

If you’re like us then the first time you hear the words “dog tag” you may start thinking about a name tag for your pet dog. Alternatively you may be picturing a soldier in the Army wearing an ID tag. Don’t worry, both of these are uses for dog tags but as much as we love dogs, that’s not what we’re talking about today!

Dog tags have become the latest must have fashion accessory for men and after reviewing the latest dog tags on the market we can see why. Read on to find out about our top 10 dog tags for men to see why this fashion staple a great gift for the man in your life.

The history of dog tags

Perhaps the most well known use for dog tags is in the military to identify soldiers. But whose idea was it to start using dog tags for this purpose and when did they start being used?

As with many items of jewelry, one of the first known mentions of dog tags was by the Romans, when legionnaires were given a lead disc that could be worn around their neck. The disc would contain the soldier’s name and details of their legion so that they could be identified. Over time they have taken different forms and its known that during the 19th Century Chinese soldiers actually wore wooden dog tags which they carried on their belts which contained additional information such as their date of birth.

Dog tags become commonplace in the US Army at the start of the 20th Century when aluminium tags were used to record the name, rank and regiment details of the soldier, details of which were stamped into the metal. Years later this was updated so that soldiers actually wore 2 tags, one of which could be removed to keep as an identifier should the soldier be killed in action.

military dog tags

They are still used by the military all over the world and often contain different details depending on the country in question. But where else are dog tags used and why are we writing about them as a piece of jewelry?

After being introduced by the military, the have moved firmly into the civilian world in a number of ways. Firstly, dog tags have become an extremely useful identification method for medical conditions which can help to save people’s lives in emergency situations. This includes conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes and heart conditions.

People with such conditions often wear a medical dog tag which provides information to people around them to support their treatment. Dog tags therefore play a significant role in keeping people safe.

Another area in which dog tags have become extremely popular is in fashion. Dog tags have become the latest must have fashion item, not only for people who want to go for a military look, but also for anyone looking for the ultimate accessory for their outfit. Fashion dog tags range in style and can be tailored in almost every way.

It’s common for people to make the most of their ability to tailor dog tags with inscriptions and it’s particularly popular for people to have their favourite quote or song lyrics inscribed into their tags. Others have added even more bling to their dog tags and there are lots of companies that offer the chance to decorate their dog tags with gemstones. The ways in which you can customise your dog tags are endless!

Which celebrities wear dog tags?

You don’t have to look far to see celebrities wearing this must have item of jewelry. Perhaps one of the most iconic celebrities to bring back the dog tag is Hugh Jackman in his role as Wolverine. Arguably one of the most popular superheroes to reach the big screen, Wolverine rocks his dog tags throughout the X-Men films and shows why dog tags are such an iconic piece of jewelry.

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But don’t worry, dog tags aren’t just for superheroes! Musicians and actors alike are regularly spotted wearing dog tags, not just on-screen but as a key part of their outfit for going out. This includes the likes of Justin Beiber, Chris Hemsworth, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx who are just some of the many A-Listers spotted wearing dog tags. It’s clear you’ll be in good company when wearing your dog tag necklace!

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So whether you’re looking to buy your first dog tag necklace or even if you already own one and you’re looking to expand your collection, read on to find out about our top ten must have dog tag necklaces!

Our 10 favorite picks!

1. Interway Trading Personalized Rectangular Dog Tag

Interway Trading Personalized Rectangular Military Shape Custom Photo High Polished Color Engraved Dog Tag Necklace Pendant with 24 inch Stainless Steel Chain, Velvet Giftpouch and Keyring

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Our first dog tag is the perfect option if you’re looking for a dog tag for all occasions. With this dog tag you have the chance to personalise almost everything! The first thing you’ll notice is that there is something on the front and back of the tag. You have the chance to add a photo of your choice to the front of the dog tag which is added in full colour and on the reverse you can add an engraving of your choice.

You’ve got up to 50 characters to use for your text so there’s plenty of space to add either a quote or some special words for the recipient of this stylish piece of jewelry. If that’s not enough options for you, you can even choose the color and additional decoration of the dog tag, with options including plain silver color, yellow gold colour, and gold colour with added gemstones. There really is something for everyone!

This tag comes on a 24 inch stainless steel ball chain so it’s sure to be long enough for most people and the ball chain is known to be nice and comfortable. The makers of this dog tag, Interway Trading, have even added a lovely velvet gift pouch which is perfect if you’re planning to give this as a gift or to store your own necklace in to keep it safe.

We’re very impressed at how reasonably priced this dog tag is, particularly for the amount of customisation you have at your fingertips.

2. Custom Engraved Tag – Monogrammed for Free

Custom Engraved Military Dog Tag with Necklace

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Are you a fan of the classic military style dog tag? If so our next choice is just for you! This custom engraved dog tag offers you the chance to add a free engraving of your choice. This is a nice and simple design and the tag itself is quite a large rectangular shape so there’s plenty of space for your engraving.

What’s even better with this dog tag is that you have the choice of four different colours for the tag. Normally with a lot of other jewellery you get a choice of metal colour however with this dog tag each is made from the same metal and is painted in a bright and colorful shade of either red, blue or black (of course there’s the classic silver tone if you’re looking for that more iconic look).

The white engraving on the coloured tags really does look great and stands out very well. We also love that on the silver tag, the designers have stuck with a black engraving which works really well with the silver. There are also lots of fonts to choose from so the dog tag can be tailored to suite your style and taste.

The dog tag comes with a 30 inch chain which is nice and light and the silver chain works really well with all of the colours available for the tag. This chain could be used for a range of occasions including as a medical ID, a simple fashion accessory that can be matched with the colour of your outfit; or even as a loving gift for someone close to you that can be tailored with a special quote. And what’s even better is that this dog tag is extremely affordable!

3. GoTags/Complete with Chains and Silencers

GoTags Custom US Military Dog Tag Personalized ID Set. Complete with Chains and Silencers

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Now these look like traditional dog tags! What we love most about these custom tags is that the are really simple yet very well designed. What’s more is that you’re getting two tags and two chains so you can either wear both together or you can separate them and share them with a friend. We’d definitely recommend wearing the set though as they look totally awesome together.

With this dog tag you have the option of adding up to 5 lines of text so there’s lots of potential for customisation. If you’re looking for a range of colour options then these dog tags will definitely impress you! You can choose from steel, black, blue, green, gold, pink, purple or red so you’re sure to find a colour to match every outfit.

Another great feature with these dog tags is the silencer that comes with them. Now you may be wondering what a silencer actually is but don’t worry, it’s quite simple. As you can imagine, due to dog tags being made from metal they are very likely to make a noise as they rub up against each other.

However by adding a silencer to the tag, this prevents the tags from making any noise. Essentially it’s a rubber or silicone mould that fits around the tag. But what’s is even more impressive with these silencers is that you can even tailor them to complement your dog tag. You can choose from seventeen different colours for your silencer which can take this dog tag to the next level. We’re very impressed with all of this for such a great price!

4. VNOX Army Pendant Necklace

VNOX Free Engraving-Stainless Steel Dog Tag Military Army Pendant Necklace,Silver/Black/Gold Plated

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This is a classy dog tag that looks great. As with the other tags that we’ve chosen, you have the option to add a free engraving with a quote or phrase of your choice.

This is made from stainless steel so it’s very durable but also nice and light. But what we love most about this dog tag is the matt finish of the paint. You have the choice of a silver, black, gold or blue colour and each one has quite an expensive feel, even though this is a relatively inexpensive dog tag. This is further helped by the fact that the colour that you choose for the tag is, on some of the dog tags, the same colour as the chain. This is quite different from a lot of the dog tags that we have seen so far which have tended to have a silver ball chain.

Another feature that is different with this necklace is that the chain is a cable design which we think gives a classy feel to the dog tag. It looks great and also looks like it would be very comfortable to wear as it’s quite a thin chain. It’s also likely to remain nice and secure when worn as the designers have used a trusty lobster-claw clasp to keep the necklace in place.

5. Personalized Photo Text Dogtags

Personalized Photo Text Dogtags Custom Your Picture Text Necklace Pendant + Free Engraving # Valentine's Mother's Father's Day Gift

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This photo dog tag offers a great way to carry a special photo with you at all times. This dog tag pulls it off really well and the finished product is very impressive. It’s a little more expensive than some of the other dog tags that we’ve reviewed however we think that the extra cost is well worth it.

The makers of this tag actually engrave the photo onto the tag so there’s no chance that the photo can rub off. The overall look is very good, although it’s worth remembering that the final image will look as though its black and white so you’ll want to choose the right photo to get the most out of the design.

You also have the option to include a quote on the other side of the dog tag so you can choose whether to wear this dog tag with the photo or the engraving showing at the front of the tag, which is really nice as you may want to keep the photo (or the engraving) out of view for sentimental reasons.

The makers, dogtags4less, have also made it really easy to customise your tag. Once you’ve submitted your order, you simply need to email them a copy of your engraving along with the photo you want on your dog tag and they look after the rest. That’s what we like, a nice and easy ordering process!

6. U7 Stainless Steel Pendant

U7 Custom Engraving Stainless Steel Dog Tags

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This stainless steel dog tag offers you yet more ways to customise your look. This necklace comes in three colours and you can choose from black, gold and silver, all of which have a polished finish.

The shape of this tag is really nice and rather than being a rectangle, the top and bottom of the tag is rounded off which gives this a much more relaxed feel. Another thing that works really well for this dog tag is the chain which is a 22 inch spiga chain. The chain is adjustable which means that you’ve got the choice of wearing it slightly higher or lower on your neck depending on what you prefer. This is also really helpful if you are buying this as a gift and you’re unsure about neck size.

Although this dog tag is in the mid price range compared with other tags we’ve reviewed, you are getting a quality necklace for your money. The gold version is actually 18k gold plated so it looks great and you’ve got peace of mind that it’s high quality. It also comes in a velvet pouch and a box so its perfect as a gift or for to keep safe for yourself when you are not wearing it.

This is another option that uses a lobster-claw clasp so it is nice and secure and unlikely to come loose. You can also get this dog tag engraved on both sides so there’s lots of potential to personalise this tag and create your perfect  fashion accessory!

7. Mealguet Jewelry Bullet Tags

Mealguet Jewelry Personalized Custom Two-Pieces Stainless Steel Cremation Urn Bullet Military Dog Tags

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This option offers something a little different. Most of our dog tags so far have offered either one or two tags on a necklace, however this option includes a single tag along with a cremation urn in the shape of a bullet. The design of this dog tag is quite striking and this is a very personal item of jewellery which may not suite everyone’s taste. It is however a great looking item and the tag is fully customisable with text.

The bullet shaped urn is intended to hold the ashes of a loved one. This isn’t however the only use for the urn, and this could also be quite a useful pendant for medical identification and you could even store small items within the capsule as the threaded screw design would keep it nice and secure.

In terms of aesthetics, the design of this dog tag is very eye catching and the bullet shaped capsule complements the dog tag well.  The dog tag comes in a range of colours including black, gold, silver and blue; and you can choose to have the bullet capsule and the tag each in different colours if you prefer. This actually works quite well and our favourite has to be the silver and blue combination which is quite a unique look.

This dog tag features a 24 inch curb chain so it’s nice and long and the necklace comes in an attractive grey velvet bag. Overall this is a very attractive piece of jewelry!

8. Jstyle Prayer Cross Necklace

Jstyle Stainless Steel Dog Tags Cross Necklaces for Men Prayer Cross Necklace Military Rolo Chain 3mm 24 Inch

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This is another tag that offers a slightly alternative look. Instead of two tags, this dog tag features a single tag in addition to an impressive cross. In contrast to the other dog tags that we have reviewed, instead of offering customisable text on the tag, you can instead choose from one of four biblical prayers. This is certainly a great option if you’re looking for a religious item of jewellery.

Each of the options is quite different to look at and all but one of them are a black metal design with white engraved text. This is in fact our favourite out of the two design options as it stands out and looks great. The silver option is also a great looking dog tag however for us it’s not quite as exciting as the black necklaces. But it is of course up to you which one you choose (this may also depend on the quote that you prefer).

The overall look of these dog tags is that they are shiny so may attract the odd fingerprint however the manufacturer, Jstyle, has assured us that the materials used are tarnish free which is good news.

The chain on this dog tag is a 22 inch rolo chain which looks really comfortable and complements the dog tag really well. Overall this is one of our favourite dog tags so far!

9. Dog Tag Necklace International Flag

Dog Tag Necklace International Flag

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If you’re feeling patriotic, this is the dog tag for you! Featuring a rustic American flag design, this dog tag really is eye catching and likely to match with a number of different outfits. The designers of this ring, International Charms, have done well to go with a flag design as the shape fits really well into the rectangular tag and the rounded edges soften the design nicely.

Made from stainless steel, this tag is nice and light and is very durable so is sure to last. The chain is also light and is 27 inches long so you’ll have no problem with the fit for this dog tag. Rather than the design on the front of the tag leading right up to the edge, the designers have included a metal edge around the design which acts as a perfect frame for the flag. This is clever as it balances the colours of the tag very well.

For our review we’ve chosen the American flag as we think it looks great. There is however a range of other country’s flags to choose from including Great Britain, China, France and Spain, so there are plenty of countries to choose from. This gives you options which are perfect for general day to day wear, to help you support your favourite soccer team; or even if you’re looking to liven up your fancy dress outfit for a party.

As with many of our other dog tags, you can also choose to have the back of the dog tag customised with your own text.

10. Custom Engraved Medical Alert ID

Custom Engraved Medical Alert ID Aluminum Dog Tag Necklace with Stainless Steel bead Chain MADE IN USA (Black)

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When looking at the history and popular uses of dog tags, we mentioned that they can be used to help alert people to someone’s medical condition in an emergency. Well, that’s exactly what this dog tag does. Whilst a lot of the dog tags that we’ve reviewed can be customised to include details of a medical condition, this dog tag makes it even clearer that the wearer is suffering from a particular medical condition.

The designers, Kriskate and Co, have achieved this by including a bold message on the front of the dog tag that clearly says “MEDICAL CONDITION”, as well as encouraging the reader to turn the tag over. This is perfect if someone were to fall unconscious as it would ensure the bystanders are a lot more likely to see the medical details as it really is a lot clearer than on a standard dog tag.  Another way that this dog tag has been designed to stand out is by including the rod of Asclepius symbol which is a traditional symbol of healing and medicine.

On the reverse of the tag you can choose your message or engraving and this is where you are likely to list your medical condition and requirements in an emergency. Made from aluminium, this dog tag comes on a 24 inch stainless steel chain which is nice and light.

Your medical dog tag also comes with a silencer and is displayed in a really nice box so it’s ready to either give as a gift or to store when not being used. Overall we’re really impressed with this dog tag as it looks awesome and it’s very practical. It could even save someone’s life!