Men’s jewellery seems to have become far more prevalent over the past few years, with more and more men looking towards rings, bracelets and necklaces to accentuate their outfits and distinguish their style. I, personally, have always found rings, in particular, to be critical in creating uniqueness in a wardrobe that is otherwise rather plain; the vast majority of my clothes are black, many unbranded and unadorned (though, my recent Zara purchase is the complete antithesis of minimalism), and it becomes easy for my outfits to become all too similar. Jewellery has, for centuries, been used as a means of distinguishing people. In early history, it was used to exhibit rank and status, and later, wealth, and now it is worn around the world as another form of self-expression. I find that appreciation for jewellery is fuelled by the variance it offers my outfits; pairing a plain black t-shirt with black jeans need no longer look stale – the addition of a few statement silver rings, and possibly a bracelet, breathes life into minimal style. With this growth in popularity – particularly amongst men, who had, prior to the 21st-century, tended to stick to a signet ring and a wedding band, and maybe a plain silver necklace – there have come numerous options to look towards when shopping for new jewellery. This ‘guide’ will run through a handful of the places that I gravitate towards if I’m looking to add to my collection. Now, as you guys are probably aware, I have a fairly distinct taste in jewellery; I like silver, or stainless steel, and I like rock ‘n’ roll-esque pieces. So, if that sort of thing doesn’t float your boat, then this guide probably will do nothing for you except cause you some disbelief at how much money you need to really build up a comprehensive collection of jewellery.
First up is House of Need. What I love about this brand is that the designs are of the calibre you’d expect of the more expensive jewellers, but because they create most of the pieces with stainless steel, the pricing is perfect for those with a tighter budget. This “Need Luck” ring is £28.50, and I’ll be picking it up when I get paid in 11 days, because I’ve had my eye on it for so long now and, well… I want it.
- House of Need: http://www.houseofneed.co.uk/product/need-luck-13-ring (£28.50)
Clocks & Colours are a brand that first popped up on my Instagram through one of their adverts, and caught my attention almost instantly with their extremely detailed designs. I tend to stick to rings when I’m looking for jewellery for myself; however, their bracelets are the coolest, and some of the most intricate, I’ve seen. Another great thing about the brand is that they offer their pieces in silver or stainless steel, which, once again, helps if you’re on a budget.
- Clocks & Colours: https://www.clocksandcolours.com/collections/all/products/blood-moon ($350 for silver, $125 for stainless steel)
The Wildness’ jewellery, and particularly their rings, have a very sleek finish, and I’m a big fan of the design of the skull on this piece. £85 for .925 silver is extremely reasonable, too.
- The Wildness: http://www.thewildnessjewellery.com/product-page/4498732651 (£85)
I’ve been eyeing up this piece by The Bricks London for months now; it’s incredibly unique, and exactly my style. Just need to save up £195. They have some particularly distinct designs.
- The Bricks London: http://thebrickslondon.com/collections/designer-pieces/products/laurel-skull-medium (£195)
Arguably, the most famous jeweller of this kind is The Great Frog, renowned worldwide for its niche designs and celebrity clientele, and though their pieces can be pricey, some really aren’t so dear as you’d first expect. This rock ‘n’ roll skull ring is £110, and hallmarked .925 silver.
- The Great Frog: http://www.thegreatfroglondon.com/product/rock-n-roll-skull-ring/ (£110)
I had to put this next one in the guide, purely for this particular ring. I’m a huge fan of Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and so, this Crazy Pig design has haunted me since I first saw it. One day.
- Crazy Pig: http://crazypigdesigns.com/en/rings-faces/124-alex-a-clockwork-orange-ring-enamel.html (£240)
Thomas Sabo is a large leading jewellery brand, though they cater to the alternative side of style with their offbeat but elegant watches, bracelets, rings and necklaces. This ring is priced at £215, which is around average for a Thomas Sabo piece.
- Thomas Sabo: http://www.thomassabo.com/GB/en_GB/pd/ring/TR1801.html?dwvar_TR1801_size=50&cgid=men-categories-rings&dwvar_TR1801_config-color=051-11 (£215)
What do ya think; any of these pieces seem like your kind of thing? Any brands you particularly like the look of? Let me know in the comments, and hopefully this will provide you a basis of a few jewellers to browse from when looking to build up your own jewellery collection. Also, I’d love to know if there’s any brands that you know of that I’ve missed out that are similar in style. Cheers.