Men’s Jewellery Guide

Well-chosen jewellery can accent an outfit and enhance a man’s appearance. From wedding bands to sports watches, this men’s jewellery guide outlines the best options available.

Men’s Jewellery 101

From a simple, sterling silver ring to a diamond-studded luxury watch, the jewellery a man wears says a lot about him. A wedding band says he’s married, cufflinks say he’s sophisticated, and a chain or bracelet shows attention to style. Gold, titanium, leather or stainless steel — regardless of budget, there are fashionable and varied options for all tastes. Managing the line between tactful and tacky is the trick to men’s jewellery choices. Proportionate pieces that match in finish and style are a good way to ensure accessories enhance vs. overpower a look. 

Types of Men’s Jewellery


Men’s Bracelets

Men’s bracelets are typically more restrained and subtle than the styles available to women. Less about blingy gemstones, they tend to be made from industrial materials such as brushed steel and leather, or the masculine silhouette of a plain silver or copper band. A braided leather bracelet, with or without beaded accents, lends a hip and youthful look to casual outfits while cause-related, rubber bracelets allow men to show the causes that they support. The once popular, chunky ID bracelet is less common now, especially with younger men accustomed to carrying mobile devices.  

Men’s Chains

A simple chain is one of the most common items of men’s jewellery. Like their feminine counterparts, men’s chains usually come in silver and gold, but tend to be thicker and sturdier. Worn plain or with a pendant, chains are available in a variety of link styles and thicknesses. The scale of the links should complement the frame of the wearer: a man with a thicker neck should wear larger links, while slimmer necks suit finer links. Resting just below the collarbone, chains are equally at home under a suit or t-shirt.

Men’s Necklaces & Pendants

Whether sold separately or together, necklaces and pendants are a fun way for a man to express his individuality. Dog tags, one of the most common types of men’s necklaces, are military style pendants that feature a basic ball chain and tags embossed with text or images. Other popular necklace choices include gold or silver crosses, eagles, wooden beads and stone pendants. Pendants are often worn outside of casual shirts like t-shirts, but should be tucked inside button-down shirts.

Men’s Rings

The most common ring worn by men is a wedding band of gold, silver or platinum. Unlike women’s wedding or engagement rings, men’s wedding rings tend to be plain, though diamonds, etchings and contrasting colours are often used as accents. Another popular type of men’s ring is the class or fraternity ring, which tends to be chunkier and feature a large coloured stone, often surrounded by smaller stones. Less common, but more noticeable, fashion rings may feature fun and edgy shapes like skulls or animals.

Men’s Earrings

The most common piercings for men, ear piercings have gained in popularity to the point where they are acceptable in all but the most conservative social situations. Luckily, even those occasions are not an issue as earrings can be easily removed. Basic, hypoallergenic studs and hoops are a safe bet for most men, though gemstones, diamonds and other eye-catching options are available for those who like to draw more attention. A more modern option is the industrial looking barbell, which threads a small ball onto a post for a secure fit. 

Men’s Watches

A man’s watch can be a fashion accessory, a workout tool and even an extension of his smart phone. From leather band dress watches, to fun and functional GPS sports watches, to smart watches that screen his calls, today’s timepieces do a lot more than tell time. Watch bands made of precious metals are attractive, though pricey, while affordable stainless steel, plastic and rubber watch bands are fun options that offer durability and contrast to his wardrobe.


Modern or retro, cufflinks are a classic men’s accessory that fashionably complete a refined look. This functional men’s jewellery item holds the cuffs of French or double-cuff shirts together in place of the buttons found on common shirt cuffs. Most cufflinks consist of a decorative face and a clip; the wearer simply pushes the cufflink through the buttonhole to fasten. Cufflinks made of precious metals such as gold or platinum are suited to formal wear, while novelty designs or silk knots are more appropriate for casual occasions.

Tie Clips & Money Clips

Simple and sophisticated tie and money clips are classic men’s accessories that keep a man organized and tidy. Tie clips generally consist of a sleek metal strip that anchors his tie to his shirt, holding the tie in place. A money clip replaces a man’s bulky wallet, storing folded bills, ID and credit cards securely with a clamp. Silver, gold and stainless steel are traditional money-clip materials, but leather strips with opposing magnet fasteners are another secure and fashionable option.

Men’s Jewellery Buying Tips:

• Choose a jewellery finish that complements the man’s skin tone
• 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

Gold +

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.

Silver +

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/Bronze +

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 +

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.

Leather +

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:

• Protect jewellery from scratches or tangling by wrapping or storing separately
• 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
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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