First published: 11-11-2015

I'm interested in buying men's jewellery... Where do I start?

Article date: Tue 27th January 2015 03:32 PM
I'm interested in buying men's jewellery... Where do I start?

Women often wear a whole ensemble of different items of jewellery, but most men tend to be a bit shy when it comes to sporting so much as a bracelet or ring. A watch might be the first thing on a man's mind when entering the world of jewellery, but timepieces aren't the only things that should be considered when you're aiming to look flash.

From bangles to bracelets, there are numerous options to add a bit of pizazz to your wrists if you're looking for something other than a watch. Steering clear of wrist wear altogether, try a necklace perhaps, a pair of cufflinks to team up with the ideal shirt, or even a ring - there are rings other than the wedding variety out there, just waiting to be discovered.


Bangles

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If you or the lucky bloke you're buying for is a keen watch wearer, trying a bangle won't be too much of a shock to the system. As both are often shiny and metallic in appearance and both live on the wrist, a bangle can be a baby step towards the wide world of jewellery.

Coming in two main styles of open and closed, this piece from Unique Jewellery fits into the former category. As it's made of titanium, it feels extremely light on the wrist, as well as still being shiny enough to make a statement.

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An example of a closed variety of bangle is this piece from Calvin Klein. Made from stainless steel, it's sturdy and won't scuff easily, whilst its matt finish gives you another option than the solely shiny variety. What's more, it's also quite a wide piece, allowing you to make a real statement on your wrist, if that's what you're looking for in a bangle.



Bracelets

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Going one step further than the bangle, perhaps you could consider a bracelet. They're pretty similar (they both go on your wrist), but there's a tad more variety in the bracelet universe. If you'd rather not go down the metal route, you can see how a leather item fares whilst also branching out to a colour other than silver.

If you're the kind of guy who struggles to choose between leather and metal strapped watches, this Guess bracelet gives you the best of both worlds. With a chain that entwines gold plated metal and leather, it gives off a really unique look whilst still retaining some features of classic wrist wear.

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However, if you're looking to stray away from the metallic look altogether, then there are a few bracelets which are almost completely metal-free. Take this piece from Fossil for example, which is largely made of plastic/resin, with only a couple of metal features. Its black and chunky look is something different to the classic metal bracelet, contrasted by the subtle white stitching.



Cufflinks

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Perhaps the simplest form of male jewellery is a pair of cufflinks; they're great for adding a little something extra to a standard shirt and trousers. What's more, if you're looking to wear jewellery in a more reserved style than, say, a pair of rapper-style blingy diamond earrings, they'll do the job better than most.

Coming in stainless steel with a shiny finish, these oval Kennett cufflinks are subtle yet stylish and will team up well with a selection of colours, thanks to their low-key brown façade. With a whole host of silver studs, however, they're still capable of adding a little sparkle to your daily wrist wear.

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If you are looking to make a little more of a statement with your cufflinks, there are varieties out there to appease even the most outlandish tastes. Take these shiny gold cufflinks from Shimla, for example, coming in a round shape that veers away from the classic square or rectangular forms, with a few sparkly stones to really catch the light.



Necklaces

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Here's where you've got the opportunity to be as creative as you like! Necklaces come in all sizes, shapes and colours, with something to match every taste and outfit. Silver chains, for example, are the first things to spring to mind when thinking of men's neckwear, though dog tags, leather and even beaded options are out there too, satisfying many select personal styles.

This stainless steel piece from Storm is a great starting point to the world of men's necklaces. Not too outrageous by any means and coming in a colour which will go with pretty much anything, it'll sit happily with a range of shirts that already exist in your wardrobe, whilst it'll also team up well with a silver pair of cufflinks or a similar bracelet.

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This Fred Bennett leather and beaded variety presents something a little different, though it still has a slice of stainless steel on the piece to keep all the metallic jewellery fans out there happy. Its black leather appearance offers something different to the whole host of gold and silver ones out there, whilst it's also very light to wear all day long.



Rings

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Male ring-wearing shouldn't solely be confined to the wedding variety, as there are many other ways you can get a little creative with your fingers. With many designs that wouldn't pass the wife's approval for a wedding ring, wearing one in your day-to-day life allows you to choose a style that's really unique to you.

This Armani piece comes in stainless steel and is broken up into the contrasting colours of silver and black. With the recognisable logo right in the centre of the ring, it'll team up well with any black or silver jewellery you already own, such as a watch, bracelet or bangle.

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Getting more creative in appearance, this stainless steel ring from Diesel is grey and almost black in appearance - a world away from the classic shiny silvers and golds. With what could be described as an interlocking bolt design, it really is a piece that will set the wearer apart from every other ring worn in the vicinity!

With a wide range of options available that sit on a variety of places on the body, the world of men's jewellery is anything but limited. So, if you're looking to try a little something new with your daily outfits, then give some thought to a ring, a set of cufflinks or a necklace perhaps, to really add a little something extra to your wardrobe.

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