The 10 Best Jewelry Brands for Men
Not all men are comfortable with jewelry. In fact, some never wear any until they get married and sometimes, not even then. However, for those of you that have been wanting to dip your fingers, wrists, necks, and ears into the jewelry pool or are already an avid jewelry wearer looking to add to your collection, this list covers an array of brands, both classic and more contemporary, to suit all of your metallic and gemstone needs.
1. Hatton Labs
Hatton Labs’ contemporary pieces are definitely unique and run the gamut from edgy to more basic, although there’s nothing basic about their latest collaboration with Playboy, featuring an array of metal, plating, and stones. Drawing inspiration from London’s rich heritage of subcultures, each piece is handcrafted in the heart of London’s jewelry district, Hatton Gardens, and is available through the company’s website and at Selfridges, FarFetch, SSense, and more.
2. Stolen Girlfriends Club
Launched in 2005 by two New Zealanders, Marc Moore and Dan Gosling’s brand is a take on pop culture with a rock-n-roll edge that has something for everyone, men and women alike. According to the duo, the Stolen Girlfriends Club embodies someone with a youthful rebellious spirit, a romantic heart, and the ability to empower and excite. This contemporary brand has its hand on the pulse of what’s new and exciting and they offer an array of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that are sure to fit any lifestyle.
3. Bottega Venetta
If you’re new to the “World of Wearing Jewelry,” Bottega Venetta is a great brand to start with. They have classic pieces with a modern twist that will speak volumes without ever having to say a word. One of the few brands to also offer cufflinks (including a pair with hand enameled bananas!) they also offer their infamous yellow-gold alphabet rings which is an excellent jumping-off point if bananas are too much for your first foray into this world of jewelry-wearing.
4. Martine Ali
Come for their chain-link jewelry and stay for their drop earrings. Martine Ali is unique in that each item is handmade, per order, in their Brooklyn studio. So while it can take up to 10 days from ordering to shipping, you can be assured that your newest piece of jewelry is in good hands, is being handled with care, and is well worth the wait.
5. Thomas Sabo
Referring to a lot of their pieces as “basic,” this brand’s vast collection is anything but. Using skulls, crosses, tigers, and falcons (among other things) there is literally something for everyone. Whether you like your jewelry to stand out or you prefer it more subdued, Thomas Sabo has you covered. Mixing metals, gemstones, beads, and finishes, their attention to detail is evident as their uniquely designed pieces continue to set the trends for each season.
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Using “the world around us as our source of constant inspiration” and explaining “beauty exists in the smallest of details,” Miansai designs are meticulously crafted from the highest quality materials. Sourcing fine Italian leathers, pure precious metals, and custom-made marine-grade ropes for their pieces, Mainsai is sold around the world, online, in their two U.S. brick and mortar storefronts, and, to add to the uniqueness of the brand, in their Airstream, located at the Malibu Pier in California. They also sell watches if that’s more your speed.
7. All Blues
All Blues’ website is as simple and sleek as their jewelry but what else would you expect from Sweden? With clean lines, minimalistic structure, and a back story behind every design, you can be sure that whatever piece you choose you’ll be wearing for years to come.
It’s the designer’s intention that you pass your jewelry on to your family to live through each new generation as they have done with pieces they inherited from their grandparents and parents. Even when following the current trends, All Blues seems to maintain a classic sensibility that will never date your jewelry, making it perfect for your next family heirloom.
8. Shaun Leane
We’ve seen our fair share of bespoke shoemakers but not really bespoke jewelry makers. Until now. The bespoke jewelry services offered by Shaun Lane will take you through the process of creating your own custom piece of jewelry that will become an heirloom for generations to come.
If you are not currently in the market for a one-of-a-kind piece, no worries – explore their range of timeless jewelry in sterling silver and yellow gold vermeil. Besides rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, Shaun Lane also offers cufflinks, tie pins, and pendants. Discover a modern selection of jewelry that strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication.
9. Le Gramme
Le Gramme is a brand of jewellery for men where each object is named by its weight in grams. Simplistic in nature, Le Gramme’s cord and cable bracelets are a great place to start if you’re new to the jewelry game or if you are a minimalist. Regardless of the reason, these are some of my personal favorite pieces. They also offer wedding rings. Made in their workshops in France, the wedding rings vary in metals, gemstones, finishes, and price so you are sure to find the perfect ring for you and yours.
10. Tom Wood
Focused on creating high quality products intended to last through the seasons and trends, Tom Wood collections also have a commitment to leave as little environmental impact as possible. Part of their sustainability strategy includes asking for increased traceability of their products, increased transparency in their supply chain and increased usage of low impact materials as some of their main focus areas. On top of their collection of ready-to-wear pieces, the brand also offers a made-to-order service, taking their commitment to a low global impact even further by decreasing their in-stock availability.
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Jewelry Brand FAQs
Depends on what you are personally comfortable with. There are no real rules, per se. Besides the standard rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, many of the brands above also offer pendants, anklets, charms, ear cuffs, cufflinks, and more. Metals, gemstones, and design are also all on the table. You only live once. If you like it, wear it.
In the 80s there was a movement to determine whether your coloring (skin, hair, eye color) was Winter, Summer, Spring, or Fall. Depending on which season you were determined the correct color palette that was “most flattering,” including metals. As a Winter, meaning I have a cool skin tone, I tend to look better in silver as opposed to gold.
If you have more olive or dark undertones, you would favor gold. We have come a long way since then and no longer feel the need to abide by these outdated fashion “rules”. Is there truth to the cool and warm coloring? Of course, but it’s not the be-all, end-all, so again, wear what you want. Is green your favorite color? Go for emeralds. Looking to experiment? Get a bracelet with color beading. I can’t say this enough – if you like it, wear it.
The trends are always changing but yet, some of them remain a classic. For example, chain link is huge right now. Yet, it’s such a definitive design that even if it’s not currently trending, it’s always in style. If getting into the jewelry scene is new for you, start with the basics.
A signet ring, minimalistic cuff or cable bracelet, or even a basic chain necklace might be the perfect way for you to begin to see what you like and what you are comfortable with. Whatever you decide, have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. Trust me, no one else is. Jewelry is the icing on the cake, so have fun!