Mens jewelry has evolved from a functional accessory that displays wealth and status into a clever form of self-expression. But with so many styles and a variety of materials to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start.
The right piece can add a touch of elegance to a smart casual outfit and instantly lift your appearance. But it’s important to remember that, for most men, jewellery is about a minimal aesthetic and should be a discreet accent. So it’s a good idea to start small (think one or two well-chosen pieces) and grow your collection from there.
Whether you’re shopping for jewellery that will help you stand out at a job interview or are looking for something to wear in the evening for drinks with friends, we’ve got everything you need to make the right choice.
The most obvious place to start is with a pair of earrings. Contrary to the popular myth, a single ear stud does not signal sexual preferences and it is generally best to avoid piercings altogether or stick with simple gold or silver hoops that sit close to the earlobe. A slick, narrow chain is the most stylish option, especially if it features a pendant or logo and is made from precious metal. Signet rings are another great alternative to the classic band and work particularly well when engraved with a family crest, initials or other meaningful text.
A ring is a key piece for men, arguably the most masculine of all accessories. The simplest option is a slim metal band, often in a darker shade such as black or rose gold. A brushed finish is very on trend, as are rings in a hammered or textured metal. In addition to a wedding or commitment ring, a man can also wear a pinky ring, a knuckle ring, or a hoop-shaped style — though you might want to avoid wearing more than three rings as this can look a little like the Godfather gangsters.
Necklaces are a real minefield for men – too dainty and you’ll come across as feminine; too chunky and you risk looking like Rick Ross. That said, a dainty or silver chain paired with a textured bracelet can be an elegant and understated way of adding personality to your outfit. For those who prefer a more elaborate design, Oxford graduate Rosh Mahtani’s Oxford-based Alighieri brand has a superb range of necklaces inspired by the poet Dante Alighieri and his book ’The Divine Comedy’.
The last thing you want is to be a style pariah, so don’t shy away from experimenting with mens jewellery. Luckily, there are now more options than ever before, with brands such as Mejuri, who are taking the internet by storm with their sleek designs and carefully curated stacks.
Then there’s the iconic Tiffany, which has a plethora of styles for every occasion. And if you’re looking for something truly unique, look no further than a custom mens cuff or ring. With new technologies allowing for engravings to include soundwaves, personalised handwriting and even your own artwork, you can truly create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery.