I have a ruby this size and shape, looking for a mounting. I am considering a silver cage. And it'll probably look better than that.
It's clever. And, if your lady is really interested in Mars it's a neat bauble. But, it's not stunningly attractive.
Too feminine for a man to wear, is my original question?
Not feminine at all.
As a history geek, I'll say it's worth knowing that Mars was seen as a symbol of strength and virility. Pretty damn manly.
Well how about with a new chain? Say a big manly one, or a ball chain (as in like dogtags)?
It's an question of proportions. A heavier chain, especially a ball chain, might just be a very good choice for you.
If you really like the Mars bead, it might be more masculine looking (and cheaper) to put it on a shorter leather or rubber strand, instead of a long and dangling chain..
Dallas, you're a funny man!
Great topic question to ask the guys here.
Hate to say it, but is does look feminine to me personally.
Also, a ball hanging from a necklace will swing, and you can potentially hit yourself in the mouth when involved in activities...possibly chipping a tooth.
I am an RN - wore a Littman stethoscope around my neck for 20 years. I cannot tell you how many times I inadvertantly hit myself in the mouth or teeth. Makes me leary to see this type of necklace.
Additionally, if you watch any C&W videos, you will see the stylists dressing these male C&W artists in deep V-neck T-shirts with tons of necklaces. Everytime I see these guys dressed like this wearing all that neck jewelry, it kind of turns my stomach....and does not look very masculine to me personally...but then, I do not care for tatoos either, and may possibly be 'dating' myself.
If you are going to wear a necklace, wear a heavy chain style. Masculine - and always contemporary. Good luck!