When it comes to fashion, accessories for men are often overlooked and underappreciated. Despite this, ornamentation can say a lot without taking up a ton of space on your body. You can complement or contrast your outfit, or you can convey a message or add a sense of mystery to your aesthetic with only a few tokens.
Of course, not all jewelry is created equal. A piece made by hand or from a skilled jeweler is going to be vastly different from something you get out of one of those 25 cent plastic eggs in a supermarket. As these are items meant to catch someone’s eye, quality stands out and you should always make an effort to purchase from a quality maker that provides multiple images of their product in use. This allows you to see firsthand how it looks on a wearer, and to better visualize how it might pair with your own look.
Now that we know what to look for, let’s look at what the current fashion trends have in store for us.
A bulky chain can come in many forms. Ranging from four to twelve millimeters in solid links, or composed of joined smaller links to create a thicker weave. This is called a rope chain, which is not only durable but highly textured with eye-catching detail.
Mixing up the thickness and textures of your chains is a bold new look this year, showing a level of intrigue and edginess to work into modern looks. Pairing thin chains alongside the thicker variety add movement and diversity to the look that draws a lot of attention.
Symbolism and Iconography
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is one thing — but necklaces, rings, and other accessories that show off deep meaning are some of the trends that allow us to tell a story with what we wear.
Compasses that show that you are a searcher for truth or have come far in your life, birds like the sailor’s swallow that illustrates travel and freedom, or religious symbols that show your personal faith and direction — all of these can tell people part of your story before you even make eye contact. Filling people with curiosity and building an air of mystery is a great way to make a memorable impact or start a conversation with those who you approach.
Chunky rings are making their presence known this year. Taking the form of signet rings and wide bands, these rings will draw attention to your hands and give weight to your gestures.
For hundreds of years, signet rings have meant power and prestige – or even royalty. They can be adorned with a significant symbol or crest, jeweled, or even left blank. Traditionally used to seal documents or as an official signature, they now serve to seal off signature looks, offering classical flair and imposing presence.
Thick, unadorned bands are also highly popular this year. Often worn alone, or on alternating fingers with more showy rings to create contrast. While the variance in the rings is part of the look, it is more in the line of the fashion to wear rings of the same metal, meaning all gold or all silver.
Popularized during the eighties and early nineties, men’s earrings have moved away from simplistic studs that had been the norm for far too long. Consisting of a charm that hangs down just below the earlobe, these earrings add movement and intrigue while retaining their old-school punk edge.
Find your Shine
Bulky, stand-out pieces are storming the scene and leaving little room for competition. Meaningful symbols and icons are showing your depths and interest, painting a story in gold and silver. Considering the new looks available for this year, there are men’s jewelry options available for anyone and everyone. Forge your own unique style in precious metals and make yourself stand out in the crowd. Be bold, be bright.