When we think of the Vikings, we tend to associate them with weapons rather than jewellery. Norse burial sites and Viking hoards found throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom and Ireland uncovered plenty of wonderful pieces of Viking jewellery for men and revealed the pride and care that the Vikings showed when it comes to self-adornment.
Much like Celtic jewellery, Viking jewellery were made to be strong and durable to endure the hardships of both battles and the field, since many Vikings were farmers. Used by both men (Viking jewellery for men) and women, Viking jewellery was intended to reflect the status of the wearer as well as the history, allegiances and beliefs of their household. Some pieces were also believed to have protective or magical powers.
A further common theme on Viking jewellery was Norse mythology and religious imagery. Lots of necklaces and bracelets featured depictions of ravens, which in Viking mythology were a symbol of war. These two ravens, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory), are considered as the eyes and ears of Odin, the king of the gods and god of war. Thor's hammer Mjolnir also featured prominently, symbolising the god's power over the forces of nature of thunder and lightning.
Nowadays modern replica Norse jewellery for men and women became very popular around the world as symbols of strength, power, and connection with the ancient ways.