Gifting can be tricky, especially for men. And when it comes to men’s jewelry, there’s a fine line between too much and not enough. This guide will lead you through the different types of men’s jewelry.
Jewelry for Men
A lot of men’s jewelry, such as watches, bracelets, rings, tie bars, necklaces, cufflinks, and earrings will look familiar to women. These add-on accessories can amp up his personal sense of style, as long as he wears them right.
An overall rule for men’s jewelry is remembering to match metals. That means a gold watch should match the color of the ring, the embellishments on the shoes, and the shade of the belt buckle. This is the key to mastering a put-together look.
Cufflinks are jewelry that is both functional and ornamental. They hold cuffs in place and fit on most men’s dress shirts. Cufflinks are almost always visible because they extend an inch or two past the sleeves. They are available in gold, silver, gunmetal, and brass, with all varieties of precious stones and embellishments. Cufflinks complement a man’s overall appearance and add a touch of contemporary fashion to his look.
Tip: Stay with simple classic designs or with cufflinks that have some type of sentimental value.
If a man has his ears pierced, then buying a nice pair of earrings for him makes your decision easy. Since most men prefer to wear studs, concentrate on finding simple earrings that are made with precious metals and stones. Branching out to diamond earrings is a great choice for men with a bolder sense of style. For a daring man, colored gemstones are a great choice. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate his birthstone.
Tip: Get a size 00 earring as isn’t likely to stretch his skin. Huggie hoops are a classic choice for the man with contemporary taste.
A wedding band is the most common type of ring that men wear, but there’s much more to choose from. Some men like to weigh their hands down in rings, where others keep it clean with a signet. Gold bands with simple geometric designs are a good basic ring option. Gemstone-studded rings are another option for special occasions. You can also get rings customized to feature his initials, his family crest or a meaningful symbol. This is a great gift choice because it’s personalized. Consult our men’s ring guide for even more ideas.
Tip: Rings are a personal choice, so choosing them will take time. A good silver or gold ring is a good choice that’s always in style.
Tie clips are another suitable gift for a suited man. They’re both functional and fashionable. A tie bar will keep your tie in place and stop it from wandering into your meal. When using one, keep in mind proper placement and width. Proper placement is between the 3rd and 4th shirt button, while a proper width will be about half the width of the tie. Even a basic design like a metal bar that slides over the tie will make a dashing impact on a man’s wardrobe.
Tip: Pick out a more interesting tie clip to spruce up a man that owns a lot of solid-colored ties.
Watches are one of the most important men’s accessories. Not only are they practical, but they give off a serious sense of sophistication. A watch is simultaneously functional and classy, so keeping it proportional to his wrist size works best. A watch with a leather strap will be perfectly suited for any occasion, while a metal band works best for formal events. Learn more about quartz movement watches in our guide.
Tip: Choose a watch that fits his lifestyle and personality. When in doubt, pick a simple stainless-steel watch. It’ll go well with any outfit.
Here is where men’s jewelry gets significantly different from women. Men often shy away from flashy displays of bling, so avoid a bracelet that has charms or pendants, especially in an oversized chunky style. For the style conscious man, a silver-toned gold and rhodium link bracelet only add to his grandeur. Leather bracelets are also a fitting alternative for those who prefer a non-metal style of accessory.
Tip: Choose undeniably masculine bracelets to add an extra dimension of style to his closet. This piece of jewelry should complement his outfit and not overpower it.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking belt buckles are just for cowboys! When made with sterling silver and engraved with a decorative design, a belt buckle can fit perfectly into the workplace. Many high-quality men’s belts are designed to have interchangeable buckles. Since belt buckles tend to be larger than most of the other accessories for men, there are more options when choosing a style and a design.
Tip: The bigger the belt buckle, the less formal it is. Dress belts typically have very small, flat belt buckles while larger buckles with rounded shapes are common on more casual styles.
Necklaces may be deemed as more of a women’s accessory, however, simple changes to them, like the chain style and the length, can make them considerably more masculine. Like any other accessory, a necklace should be a subtle accent to his personality and overall outfit. Plain gold chains are popular with men. Pendants are also very popular, especially for men who like to wear religious symbols or a family crest.
Tip: Buying a silver chain for men is always a wise choice. For length, at least 6-8 inches above his navel is a good standard. Most men’s chains start around 20-inches.
Sometimes it’s hard to get a man to venture out of his comfort zone when it comes to jewelry. Give them a chance to shine with smart accessorizing. These jewelry pieces work great with all styles and offer a star quality that’s impossible to miss!
Now you can confidently shop for men’s jewelry the next time a holiday comes up. Explore our beautiful collection and surprise him with the perfect piece of jewelry.
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