Men’s jewellery has seen somewhat of a renaissance of late. Numerous celebrities have embraced this recurring trend, from pop stars to princes. And we love it! Although you may be forgiven for thinking men’s jewellery is a relatively recent phenomenon, it has actually been around for centuries. The ancient Egyptians are known for their love of jewellery, and the men were no exception. This fascination has grown throughout the ages, and luckily we now live in a time where men can once more adorn themselves in jewels as they please. But what are 5 essential pieces of men’s jewellery? Read on to find out.
Antique signet rings are an enduringly popular choice when it comes to men’s jewellery, and for good reason. Traditionally, signet rings were one of the few pieces of jewellery that were worn exclusively by men. They have long been a staple in men’s wardrobes. Signet rings are often ornamented with personal touches; think a family coat of arms, or wearer’s initials. This makes them perfect for men with a more understated style. The (usually gold) ring is stylish, yet the addition of engraving adds a sentimental touch to the piece. Signet rings are an ideal choice for men just beginning their jewellery collection. As a classic style they are a good investment- they will not be unfashionable any time soon! Additionally, the sleek nature of the signet ring means it is suited to any occasion, and will add a touch of individuality to the look without overwhelming the wearer.
Probably the most essential piece of men’s jewellery is the watch. Watches have been a necessary part of a man’s wardrobe for centuries, being as practical as they are stylish. Whilst the antique pocket watch is known for adding a touch of vintage charm to a look, wristwatches are the ultimate status symbol when it comes to men’s jewellery. Antique watches are by far our favourite style. The craftsmanship that it took to make these styles is unrivaled, although our favourite element is how unique they are. Adapt your look depending on the occasion. For example, you can get experimental with your day-to-day watch by trying out different watch faces, straps and metal colours. However for fancier occasions, stick to sleek and sophisticated styles with thinner bands and smaller faces.
Chunky gold chains may seem as though they’re straight out of the 80s, but bear with us, as they’re an essential piece of any man’s wardrobe! Chains are an elegant addition to a man’s jewellery collection. They are fairly minimal, and as such can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion at hand. Even better, they are exceptionally versatile. Antique watch chains were traditionally a part of gentleman’s dressing, worn alongside a pocket watch. This is an incredibly classy look, however a chain can also be utilised as a necklace or a bracelet, depending upon its length. This flexibility means that a chain is an investment, as it is able to adapt to current trends or personal preferences. The simplicity of the chain means that it can be easily worn alongside other jewellery such as rings or earrings. However, to achieve a cohesive look then it is probably best to stick to one metal.
For the man that means business, cufflinks are an absolute essential. The possibilities when it comes to this style of men’s jewellery are endless. There truly is a cufflink style out there for every man. If you prefer to keep things chic- perhaps you wear cufflinks to work- then a simple pair of solid gold cufflinks is essential. These add an air of luxury to your look, whilst still being work appropriate. If you’re looking to update your shirts with some personality, then why not try some antique enamel cufflinks? Enamel is the perfect mid-way between solid metal and glitzy gemstones in terms of providing a pop of colour. Accessorising can be difficult to get right, but cufflinks are the best first step you can take.
Tie clips are an essential accessory for any suit fan. Like watches, these have a practical as well as an aesthetic purpose. Tie clips attach a tie to the underlying shirt, ensuring that it remains to allow for a neat, uniform appearance. Tie clips vary in size and appearance, however there is one very important rule to remember: don’t use a tie clip that is wider than your tie! Aside from this, tie clips are a great accessory to express yourself with. These appear in many novelty forms, featuring all manner of things from boats to animals to football themed designs. These quirky styles mean that you will never be bored when dressing yourself for an occasion, nor will you be short of a conversation starter!
There are so many different styles of men’s jewellery out there that it can feel overwhelming. However, we hope this selection of 5 essential pieces of men’s jewellery has inspired you to begin, or expand your collection. Whatever your personal style, there will be a piece of jewellery out there to help you express it. Do you have any must-have accessories for men? Let us know below!
Bethany Massey – Digital Assistant (Content Creator)
Having graduated university with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing Bethany then joined the AC Silver team as a content creator. Bethany spends her days writing content for the AC Silver blog and other luxury goods/antique blogs.