Men’s Jewellery Guide
Men’s Jewellery 101
Types of Men’s Jewellery
Men’s Necklaces & Pendants
Tie Clips & Money Clips
Men’s Jewellery Buying Tips:
• Men’s jewellery choices should complement his lifestyle
• Select proportionately sized men’s jewellery, suited to his stature
• Coordinate men’s jewellery items (belt buckle, ring, cufflinks, etc.) by metal type
• Decide on a budget and choose the style of men’s jewellery that fits within range
• Titanium rings cannot be resized so be sure to measure carefully
Men’s Jewellery Features
Hefty, gleaming gold is a classic choice for men’s jewellery. Whether he’s sporting a simple gold ring or an eye-catching gold chain, the quality and cachet of gold is always in style. When shopping, keep in mind the fewer karats gold jewellery contains, the less expensive it will be. Pure (24-Karat) gold is more costly and less likely to contain allergens, while gold plating is a durable and less expensive combination of real gold and other metals. Complementing everything from leather jackets to dinner jackets, gold jewellery works well with all skin tones.
A soft metal by nature, silver is often combined with other metals to increase its strength and prevent tarnishing. While pure silver can be found, sterling silver, with a purity rating of 92.5% is more commonly used because of its increased durability. This popular, shiny substance is widely seen in men’s rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings because of its relative affordability and clean, simple appearance. To verify a sterling rating, look for the indicator “925” imprinted on the item.
Copper is believed by some to have healing properties that aid in relieving symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel pain. Used in men’s bracelets or pendants, its reddish gold colour darkens with exposure to air and can take on a green patina from moisture and skin oils. A soft metal suited to casual jewellery and accents, copper is often combined with other metals such as tin and nickel to create bronze. Durable and affordable, bronze has a rich, warm colour, but its copper content will cause it to turn green if not polished regularly.
Stainless Steel +
As a men’s jewellery material, stainless steel is a functional and attractive metal good for everyday use. Commonly seen in men’s watches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, it brings durability and affordability to his jewellery selection. Men with allergies or sensitivities to certain metals usually do well with hypoallergenic stainless steel because it does not contain potentially irritating metals such as nickel. Harder than silver or gold, stainless steel stands up well to the elements and won’t tarnish with exposure to moisture.
Tungsten Carbide +
Rugged tungsten carbide, often referred to simply as tungsten, is a hard metal with a bright, polished finish. Denser than steel or titanium, tungsten is often favoured by men who prefer heavier, more substantial jewellery. Because this stiff and hearty metal’s natural form is a powder cemented with other metals to create a hard alloy, it is especially tough and scratch-resistant. Tungsten carbide has become a fashionable option for men’s wedding rings because of its unique strength and affordable price.
Precious Stones +
While men’s jewellery tends to be simpler than women’s it doesn’t mean guys can’t enjoy the bling of a diamond ring. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds and other precious stones are often used in men’s wedding rings, class rings, pendants, watches and earrings. When shopping for precious stones, remember the “Four Cs”: cut, colour, clarity and carat, to stay within your budget. While there are exceptions (think Super Bowl rings), men’s jewellery, in general, errs on the side of subtlety, limiting gemstones to smaller accents or one large stone.
Titanium jewellery appeals to men for its durability and light weight. Less clunky than other metals, sleek titanium is hypoallergenic and difficult to scratch. Titanium can be coloured in silver, black, gold or copper tones, making it a versatile option that can match other metals in a man’s collection. Popular with divers and athletes for its sturdy construction and resistance to water and salt-based corrosion, titanium is often used for wedding bands and other jewellery items and stands up well to sports and rugged activities.
For a youthful, fun or edgy look, leather delivers plenty of bang for your jewellery buck. While black and brown leather are traditional choices for watch bands and woven bracelets or necklaces, leather jewellery can also come in a wide range of colours for men who enjoy an accent piece. A bold, cuff bracelet with metal details is a funky addition to weekend wear, while a patent leather money clip makes an elegant gift.
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Men’s Jewellery Care Tips:
• Avoid contact with harsh chemicals or abrasives to prolong the life of men’s jewellery
• Remove jewellery before showering or swimming to prevent dulling or loss
• Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for care and cleaning
• Replace expired batteries promptly to avoid damage to men’s watches
• Promptly repair any loose stones or faulty clasps to avoid further damage or loss
• Avoid wearing bracelets during physical activities to prevent breakage or injury