Can jewellery ever be acceptable for men?

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The subject of men’s jewellery has long been a contentious one, but now, thanks to the likes of Harry Styles and Alessandro Michele, the landscape is changing and minds are broadening. No longer does a simple chain or statement ring consign you to a hearty dose of daily mockery — as gentlemen in a metrosexual age are waking up to the power of jewellery to make an effective, stylish and signature statement. However, it is still true that there are few style faux pas considered worse than an ill-advised piece of jewellery that misses the mark. From chunky, garish necklaces that turn heads for all the wrong reasons, to that ill-judged beaded bangle, there’s a fine line between the accessories that are acceptable for the modern man – and those that aren’t. Thankfully, we’re here to help you sift through the depths of diamante studs and novelty necklaces in order to find the five staple pieces of men’s jewellery that you can wear with style. So, step away from the anklets, gents, and educate yourself in the mysterious rules of regalia. And always remember as we continue, the guiding principle here is that confidence is key.

The world of men’s bracelets is a tricky one. There are the chunky, the colourful, and the overly-shined creations, that should be avoided at all costs. But, amongst the beaded bangles, the multi-coloured bracelets and studded cuffs, you can find a glint of silver – something simple, understated and destined to become an accessory stalwart in your wardrobe. Opt for something like this Alex Orso 7mm Silver + Ruby Cuff, which offers the perfect subtle enhancement to any outfit — the perfect in-between that plays it safe, yet stylish.

The King of Rings, the signet is less a piece of jewellery, and more a message. And, unlike the ostentatious necklaces and designer rings that shout their intentions at you in 24 carat gold, a signet ring tells a story that only a select few know how to read. Be it with your initials, a family crest, or simply an engraving that holds significance to you, there is a quiet honesty, but nod to sophistication in these rings. And, for all your bespoke signet ring needs, look no further that Rebus — makers of the finest hand-crafted signet rings to cater to any taste and requirement. 

Looking for something to strike a rather more relaxed tone than the silver bangle? A simple, woven leather bracelet can strike the perfect ‘smasual’ tone — taking you seamlessly from day to night. If you’re already used to wearing a leather watch strap, this bracelet from Tod’s will feel like an easy transition into jewellery. It has been woven in Italy and secures with a polished silver-tone fastening — making it smart enough to wear with suiting, so you needn’t worry about taking it off for the office.

The second ring to grace this list, the simple silver ring doesn’t have the same history or decoration as the signet, but nor does it need it. Instead, the silver ring derives its sophistication from its simplicity. A hint of interest on the hand, a simple silver ring doesn’t make its purpose abundantly clear – but instead adds a little intrigue. Is it a wedding band? Or does it hold an alternative, deeper significance? For the gentleman who prefers to keep it smart and simple, Le Gramme’s ‘Le 2’ ring has been crafted in France from 18-karat white gold, and is polished to a brilliant shine. Perfect for casual everyday wear, or — dare we say it — as a wedding band.

Even for the most reluctant jewellery-wearer, cufflinks are an everyday essential for most modern gentlemen. And, if you’re looking to make a statement, look no further than Patrick Mavros for some undeniably head-turning pieces. Patrick Mavros’ cufflinks aren’t simply accessories, but artefacts in their own right.  Rather than working with simple shapes, Mavros takes his love of Africa, and years of experience studying the continent’s striking animals, combines it with his exuberant personality and passion for drawing and sculpting and brings to life his exquisite works of art by casting them in sterling silver.

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