For years, men have been worried about wearing jewellery for fear of losing their masculinity and being labelled as effeminate. However, it is becoming increasingly fashionable and acceptable for men to wear jewellery. This is great news for anyone wanting to add a touch of glamor to their outfit. The key to accessorising as a man is to find the right pieces, match them well and ensure you have the confidence to carry off your look.
While the traditional rings, necklaces and watches are a staple part of any man’s wardrobe, it is worth exploring more intricate styles that will set you apart from the crowd. You could opt for a signet ring, which looks particularly good engraved with your family crest or initials, or even a name tag. Alternatively, why not try a cufflink or tie bar, which can be a stylish way to add an extra dimension to your suit.
The jewellery you choose isn’t just there to accentuate your outfit, but it also carries meaning and conveys something about your character. For example, a Rolex speaks of luxury and elegance while a gold bracelet adds a touch of glitz and glamour to your look. Even a simple ear stud or chain carries its own meaning. When shopping for jewellery, keep in mind that less is more – too much can overwhelm your look and make you appear overcrowded. It is also important to match your jewellery tone – for example, wearing a gold watch with a silver ring can be confusing and messy.
When it comes to choosing jewellery, it’s important to pick high-quality pieces that will last. Look for pieces that have been expertly cut and polished, with smooth edges and no nicks or cuts. You may also want to consider gemstones that have been treated and enhanced so they are more durable and longer-lasting. This means they will have more of a sheen and are easier to clean.
Another tip when shopping for jewellery is to choose neutral colours, like gold, silver or black, and avoid mixing metals. For example, you should not wear a tungsten ring with a titanium dive watch or a bronze bracelet with a sterling silver cufflink.
If you’re a novice to the world of jewelry, start with the classics such as a watch, ring or bracelet. You can also go for a cufflink or tie bar to add an accent to your look, while a broach (lapel pin) can also be used to adorn your suit or shirt with a bold colour.
If you’re looking to shake up your everyday style, take a look at the jewellery collections from New York-founded brand 1017 Alyx 9sm. Influenced by subversive cultures, the collection aims to unite technical innovation with human emotion. For a piece that’s both bold and sophisticated, try the ‘Rollercoaster’ bracelet.