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Silver & Gold Pendants for Men We Think Are Gorgeous

last updated Nov 20, 2019

From subtle pendants with deep meaning to flashy pieces proclaiming their prosperity, silver and gold pendants for men are coming back in style.

Up until the twentieth-century men would wear pendants but most were ceremonial in nature.

Ceremonial or otherwise, pendants for men represent not just ritual and historic pieces, they are also a fashion statement.

We selected 10 men's pendants in gold and silver and you can browse our list below!

Our Top 10 Picks!

1. Gold Anchor Pendant

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Our first selection is a 14k gold anchor pendant. Offered by Black Bow Jewelry & Co., this anchor pendant is absolutely perfect for a multi-pendant chain, a solo gig, or a layered look.

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It is handsomely detailed complete with the chain wrapped around the anchor.

An anchor is a heavy metal object used to moor, or stop, ships.

The hooks on the bottom end are designed to catch in rocks and crevices deep on the seabed and prevent the ship from floating out with the tides and currents.

Anchors are impossibly strong. To look at an anchor in comparison to the size of the boat they moor, one would think they could not possibly do the work required. But they do!

Centuries of seafaring have proved that something so small and simple can successfully arrest motion in a churning sea.

For this reason, the anchor has come to represent endearing strength and fortitude.

Anchors are often used to symbolize people who are grounded and steady.

This anchor pendant is a wonderful charm for men who are the rock of their family and the anchor of their loved ones.

2. Thor’s Hammer Pendant

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We selected HZMAN’s creation of Thor’s Hammer after being inspired by Christ Hemsworth use of multiple pendants.

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The actor, most famous for his portrayal of Thor in Marvel’s Avenger’s series of movies, absolutely kills the look. When we came across this pendant we had to include it.

Cast in gold-toned stainless steel, the gold pendant is perfect for folks with metal allergies or sensitivities.

The hammer is beautifully detailed and comes in a generous twenty-four-inch chain.

The pendant itself is nearly two inches. It is perfect for the low sternum length. Add a few more pendants in a yellow gold tone to complete the Hemsworth worthy look.

Thor’s Hammer is another symbol of strength and fortitude. It also represents worthiness.

The hammer was a weapon wielded by the mighty Thor is Norse mythology. Capable of crumbling a mountain in one blow, the hammer was named Mjölnir.

Known as one of the fiercest weapons on Earth, it belonged to the god of Thunder, a son of the father of all gods, Odin. The weapon was constructed by a dwarf craftsmen Sindri and Brokkr.

After Loki, the god of mischief cuts the hair of Sif, Thor’s wife, as part of a cruel prank, Thor is furious and threatens to break every bone in his body.

As a peace offering, Loki begs to be allowed to rectify his mistakes and commissions a new head of hair be forged by dwarf craftsmen.

The hammer came out with a shorter handle than intended. This created a one-handed weapon. Normally war hammers such as this are wielded to handed.

Because of the shorter handle, only the strongest, mightiest warriors were capable of using it effectively. Thor was one such warrior and it became the mightiest weapon in his arsenal.

Mjölnir became inextricably tied with pop culture through Stan Lee’s representations of Thor in Marvel’s comics and later, movies.

This necklace representing Mjölnir is a perfect pendant for the strong, warrior-type man.

Elegant and precise while still masculine and powerful, it is also a wonderful gift for the comic-loving man in your life.

3. Black Bow Jewelry Co. Eye of Horus Pendant

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With our second selection from Black Bow Jewelry Co., we move from Norse mythology to Egyptian.

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This medallion-style pendant in polished sterling silver boasts a carved Eye of Horus, surrounded by a halo of silver pearls.

Once again, it is ideal for a multi-pendant setup. Add other charms to the chain and feel free to mix gold and silver metals doing so. The burnished and patinated coloring on the pendant makes it a prime candidate for this.

Due to the weighty appearance and medallion shape, it is also perfect for layering with a shaped pendant above.

We would have you consider a second Egyptian inspired piece such as a hieroglyphic nameplate.

Alternatively, a smaller initial pendant in a slightly paler yellow gold-tone would complement the nearly two-inch medallion wonderfully.

The Eye of Horus, also known as wadjet, wedjat or udjat, is a symbol of protection and well-being.

Believed to ward off evil, the Eye of Horus is very similar to the Evil Eye wards in this manner.

In ancient Egypt, the eye symbol was used in conjunction with pharaohs most often. It was offered to protect the king-diety.

Today it is a wonderfully exotic symbol for the protectors and watchers in your life.

It would be a wonderful gift for first responders as well as veterans and active-duty military members.

4. Oidea Tail-Hanging Scorpion Pendant

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Staying with the Egyptian feel for a moment, our next pendant is a cleverly sculpted scorpion.

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The detailed carving measures a hefty 2.2 by 1.4 inches and has a good weight to it.

Available in your choice of yellow or silver-toned stainless steel, this pendant includes a twenty-two-inch chain in the corresponding color.

Oidea, the creator of this pendant, opted to skip the standard modes of hanging it.

Typically suspended by a bale or series of jump rings, this scorpion coils its deadly tail around the chain for a unique take on a pendant piece.

We love the thought put behind this design. The detailed carving is brilliant and adds a very rich feel to an otherwise reasonably priced piece.

Because of the original method of hanging as well as the intricate carving, hanging out with other pendants would likely detract from the overall appeal. It will work wonderfully as the anchor on a layered look.

This pick makes a fantastic gift for the harder-edged, adventurous men. The scorpion has always been associated with a quiet deadliness, stealthy and cunning.

Anyone who loves that bad boy side of him or herself may likely associate strongly with the scorpion. These are the types of folks who would likely love to include this pendant in their look.

5. Hawaiian Style Fish Hook

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Next up we present a beautifully detailed Hawaiian style fish hook pendant.

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Created in surgical grade stainless steel and plated in 14k yellow gold, this Hawaiian hook hangs from an eighteen-inch chain.

It is adorned with flowing and detailed swirls of decor. It adds a flourish that remains handsomely masculine without being quite so straight-laced and monotone.

The carvings catch the light and add a certain gleam that we adore.

You may recognize the shape of Disney’s Moana. The main male protagonist Maui garnered his power from a magical fishhook given to him by the gods.

With this fish hook, he wrangled the sun, pulled islands from the sea and was able to give mankind countless gifts using its power.

Outside the world of Disney, the Hawaiian fish hook holds heavy meaning with the Hawaiian people as well as other Polynesian cultures.

Often called Makau, the shape represents strength, prosperity, abundance, and good luck.

Like many island people, much of their livelihood was closely tied with the sea and the bounty it can produce. Most specifically, the Hawaiian people thrived off of fishing.

Long lines of these hooks, carved from bone, would be cast out to sea with the hopes of catching enough food to feed their families.

When these hooks successfully hauled in a bountiful yield, the hooks were thanked for their work.

Worn now as an amulet of good luck and bountiful blessings, this pendant is perfect for men who work hard for the families and friends.

Everyone could use a little more luck and prosperity. Plus, it is stylish and exotic. You really cannot go wrong with luck-bringing style.

6. LineAve Celtic Trinity Knot Pendant

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The islands of Ireland and The United Kingdom were home to the Celtic people and their mythologies.

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This medallion pendant features the iconic trinity knot, otherwise known as the Triquetra.

It is wonderfully carved into the surgical grade stainless steel and colored with a lovely yellow gold-tone.

We love this treatment of the trinity knot. Rather than simply being carved in relief of the metal, the artisans at LineAve chose to fully carve the pendant, making terrific use of negative space.

It comes on a twenty-three-inch rolo wheat chain. The chain gives a heavier look that makes this piece ideal for either a solo necklace or the anchor of a layered look.

The Celtic trinity knot is a common element in jewelry. It represents the three-in-one aspects of life.

Be it life, death, and rebirth, the Christian Father, Son, and Holy Ghost or the three segments of time, past, present, and future, the symbol is rather open-ended.

It can represent the three elements most important to you. This is a perfect pendant for just about anyone.

7. Gold Dipped Obsidian Arrowhead

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The handcrafted arrowhead pendant is likely our favorite on this list. Constructed of stark black obsidian and dipped in a brilliant contrast of yellow gold-tone metal, this is the perfect pairing of stone and gold.

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The arrowhead is hand-knapped. Knapping is a form of carving that involves using a stone to strike away at another stone to create a shape.

It is a time-consuming process and requires an exorbitant amount of patience and skill to shape and sharpen the hard stone into a worthy weapon.

Arrowheads are some of the most ancient items, and one of the oldest forms of weaponry we know of.

Archaeologists have uncovered knapped arrowheads as a part of almost every ancient and prehistoric culture we know of.

Even before the written record of mankind began, arrowheads were an ever-present item. Used in hunting, protection, and warfare, they represent strength, ferocity, and cunning.

This obsidian arrowhead pendant includes a thirty-one and a half-inch box chain that complements the charm perfectly.

We love the pairing of yellow and black. Each works in tandem to make the other more beautiful.

This piece is ideal for the multi-pendant assembly. Hang it with other yellow-gold toned pendants.

The obsidian will provide a perfect contrast against both the wearer’s shirt and the other accompanying pendants.

8. Tibetan Mantra Pendant

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This is the most unorthodox shape of all the pendants on our list. The bead-shaped pendant fully encapsulates the chain it hangs from.

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Carved in the beautiful Sanskrit language on the yellow-gold toned stainless steel surface is the Tibetan mantra Om Mani Padme Hum.

This is the “Great Six Syllable Mantra” used by the monks of Tibet. Om is the sacred syllable common to Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Mani translates to jewel. Padme means lotus flower, and Hum evokes the spirit of enlightenment.

This powerful mantra uses each syllable to remind one of the important aspects of centering, peace, enlightenment, and focus.

Often carved into stones, beads, and prayer wheels, it is believed that spinning these is the same as saying the mantra several times over. Hence the bead-type design of this pendant.

Make use of the pendant by learning the deep, spiritual meaning of the mantra. Or simply enjoy the bead as a stylish addition to your jewelry collection.

9. Custom Engraved Dog Tag

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Offered by engraving artists U7, this gold-toned, rubber-wrapped dog tag is a fantastic gift for veterans, active-duty military, first responders or those particularly patriotic.

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The dog tag is completely customizable, offering four lines of twenty characters.

Dog tags are forever related to the armed forces. They came to use during World War II as a quick and easy way to identify critical information for soldiers.

This could be used to communicate vital information for a wounded soldier who could not speak including name, age, and blood type.

They were also used to identify fallen soldiers so that their families could be easily notified.

This dog tag hopefully has a far less dire need. We love it nonetheless. Use it to commemorate the births or deaths of loved ones, special dates, or a saying of great significance.

The simple and iconic shape of the dog tag means it can be worn solo or in conjunction with other pendants.

10. Jeulia Lion Sterling Silver Necklace

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Our final selection is one of the most powerful symbols yet. A simple cast lion head measuring just under two inches roars fiercely hanging from its twenty-two-inch link chain.

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Made of 925 sterling silver and adorned with 2 bright green emerald stones, this is a wonderful piece to wear with other pendants.

The lion traditionally represents the head of a family. It is also a symbol of strength, courage, pride, virility, and authority.

Lions are often seen as an integral part of family crests across European nobility.

Sometimes shown as a full-bodied lion rearing up to fight and defend, the lion head is a more straightforward representation.

We love this as a Father’s Day gift or a Grandparent’s Day gift.

Even for those who do not regularly wear jewelry, the symbolism and meaning behind this lion-themed piece is a beautiful gesture.

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Pendants through the ages

Egyptian Pharaohs wore pendants as part of countless religious rites and ceremonies of state. Medallions and pendants of every shape and variety common to Egyptian life have been found on mummies and in tombs.

Some represented various gods, other agricultural seasons or implements. Egyptian pendants ranged from tremendously simple to ostentatiously ornate.

Vikings wore ax-shaped pendants for style, protection, and meaning. It was believed by the Vikings that if a man were to die without his weapon he would not be permitted into Valhalla.

Valhalla is the Viking take on heaven. Wearing a necklace in the form of a weapon was the loophole through which men need not fear accidental or sudden death.

Through monarchical history, Europeans kings and queens bestowed various lands and titles with massive varieties of chains, pendants, and signatory jewelry.

The most famous of these necklaces and ornate pendants is the British Collar of Esses. This one was given to the Lord Mayor of the City of London by Henry VIII.

The Middle Ages saw a tremendous drop-off in regular people wearing much in the way of jewelry at all. While many Catholics carried with them their rosaries, often adorned with a crucifix pendant, few of them wore them as jewelry.

Asceticism, or strong self-discipline often for religious reasons, was a strong guiding principle nearly all the way through the seventeenth century.

This was, of course, solely among the general populace. Royalty, nobles, and ranking government officials still used pendants to denote not only their status but their wealth.

The eighteenth-century finally allowed jewelry to take hold once more. Creative designs of both fashion and jewelry made for beautifully ornate pieces.

Style of the people followed the style of the monarchs in almost all things. However, most of these trends tended to fall to women.

While courtiers and royal men still wore jewelry, the population at large failed to adopt men’s jewelry.

What jewelry was worn was typically related to practicality more than aesthetic appeal.

Items like pocket watches and wedding bands were popular but not much else for the males.

Pendants through the ages

It was not until the twentieth century that this trend finally started to abate slowly. In the teens and twenties, pocket watches began to move away from pure utility to include fine detailing and a smattering of gems or accent stones.

The fifties, typically know for straight-laced, no-nonsense looks also saw the rise of pop culture, free spirits, and self-expression.

Men’s necklaces came flying to the forefront in the sixties with the Woodstock culture, the growing popularity of rock gods like Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix sported a good many looks featuring layered necklaces, medallions, pendants and scarves.

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By the eighties, we saw hip hop culture seize men’s necklaces and pendants and run away with the trend.

Huge, sometimes to the point of hilarity, pendants were worn to represent the wealth, virility, and “gangsta” life of the wearer.

The larger the piece and the more diamonds and gold displayed, the better. This trend pulled back to reasonable by the late nineties.

The nineties saw other subcultures of the western world bring back the men’s pendant style necklace as well.

The surfer dude and frat boy both wore necklaces with and without pendants. Goth and, later, emo culture seized on the heavy, gothic-inspired pendants for men and women.

Today jewelry is returning to its ancient roots of often including meaning and purposes as opposed to just adorning for beauty.

Caring for your pendants

Daily wear pendants often get neglected when it comes to cleaning and care.

However, pieces meaningful enough (and handsome enough) to wear every day deserve the same care as the finer pieces of special occasion jewelry.

Be sure to take your necklace off nightly and wipe it down with a soft cloth. If you elect a metal chain, wipe the chain, the bale, the jump rings, and the pendant well.

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Pay attention to cover all surfaces. If you prefer a cloth, rope, or leather cord, remove the charm and wash the cord in warm water. Leave out overnight to dry.

At least once a month wash the entire piece in warm water with unscented soap with a soft-bristled brush.

Dry it completely. It is important for all metal varieties to thoroughly dry them immediately after the wash.

Several metal types do not tolerate high humidity and moisture very well including sterling silver, surgical stainless steel, and lower karat weights of gold (10k).  

Finally...

We’ve selected ten men’s silver and gold pendants that could be great for the fashion-forward men in your life, both as something handsome and something meaningful.   

We made sure to tell you the symbolism behind each pendant so that you can choose the one that best suits your personality.

We were also careful to only pick pendants made out of durable and resistant metals which will stay tarnish-free.

All of our options were carved out of stainless steel, sterling silver or 14 k gold, metals known for being resistant to damages and scratches.

Our silver and gold pendants for men were designed by brands known for jewelry craftsmanship and providing an excellent customer care service.

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