In July, Vogue published an article that dared to say “There’s Never Been More Jewelry on the Men’s Runways”—and it’s true.
We are finally starting to see the world outside of gender norms. Men and women are embracing their creativity and truest selves—and wearing whatever makes them feel the happiest.
It’s great to see bold men flaunting all they’ve got on the red carpet.
Plus, some of these men’s jewelry styles are simply… perfection.
It’s almost 2022—and we’ve been in lockdown for too long. Our emergence from quarantine should be something that’s remembered for generations.
If you’re looking to make your mark this holiday season, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about modern men’s jewelry trends.
From vogue styles to ideas that don’t fit the box, you’ll find everything you need to begin your evolution into a jewelry icon.
Our Favorite Men’s Jewelry Icons
Who’s really got it all together when it comes to fine jewelry styles?
From Europe to Asia, it’s the royals who began the tradition of wearing fine jewelry as a decoration and sign of wealth. Now, celebrities continue to bring us stunning fits and styles.
Here are a few of our favorites throughout the years.
The Maharaja of Patiala
An Indian royal, this men’s jewelry icon wasn’t shy about showing off his wealth or sense of style. He’s been photographed wearing an infamous necklace and crown, dripping with diamond and ruby gems. You can’t convince us this piece didn’t require a few pre-wear workouts.
Today, choose a men’s diamond necklace or ruby stud earring to give a nod to the lavish taste of the Maharaja of Patiala.
Prince Harry is breaking the mold of his royal predecessors by including jewelry in his fashion wardrobe. During his heartthrob days, he could be seen switching out trendy necklaces and bracelets. He also has a special metal bracelet he wears constantly as a reminder of his mother. Though his personal style isn’t as bold as Harry Styles or Timothée Chalamet, we love the subtlety and meaning behind his pieces.
To emulate Prince Harry’s sense of fashion, go for a diamond bracelet or necklace. Or, choose something that reminds you of a loved one.
Speaking of breaking gender norms, Harry Styles has become one of the most well-known figures in men’s fashion. Name a jewelry piece and he’s worn it—chunky rings, chain necklaces, earrings, and more. He’s a great celebrity to look to for beginner inspiration.
To channel your inner Harry Styles, choose a men’s pearl necklace or single drop earring as your fashion statement.
Unique Ring Bands
If you’re not feeling bold enough to plunge into necklaces and bracelets, starting with a unique men’s ring band is a great way to ease into the men’s jewelry world. Here are some of our favorite options.
Blue Gold Men’s Ring Bands
In the modern world, gold and silver jewelry remain the classics—but there are so many more color options available. Blue gold catches the eye immediately. Your ring band may be small, but it’ll be glimpsed and appreciated by everyone in the room.
Stud your shimmering blue gold with diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and other colorful gemstones. Or, choose a design with filigree or a and meaningful carving.
Men’s Wooden Bands
Embrace your love of the outdoors with an earthy men’s band. Rings made from stained wood are becoming popular choices for men around the world. These earthy styles may include black gold to offset the brown. They can also be carved with trees, mountains, or other designs.
Men’s Bands Created by Science and Space
Moon rocks aren’t as uncommon as you might imagine. Many have been recreated by the power of science in laboratories across the globe. Use your passion for space and astronomy as inspiration for your fine jewelry piece. You can choose moissanite or meteorite—and have the stones add texture to your design.
Men’s Black Gold to Show Off Your Creativity
We might be biased, but black gold is probably our favorite ring option. It’s masculine, refined, and eye-catching, and it comes with so many design possibilities. Create your own ring, bracelet, or earring style with black gold as the feature. Offset its color with sparkling white diamonds or purple tanzanite.
Men’s Jewelry Design Ideas No One Is Talking About
Men’s Art Deco Rings for Glamor
Hello Great Gatsby-inspired jewelry. The 1920s was a time to celebrate. Characterized by Art Deco designs, endless parties, incredible food, and accessible extravagance, this time period has become an inspiration for today—100 years later.
Really, the only thing you need to imitate Leonardo DiCaprio is a chunky ring and bright ruby and emerald gemstones.
Men’s Tribal Jewelry
To honor your heritage or take inspiration from amazing cultures around the world, consider men’s tribal jewelry. These bracelets, necklaces, and rings are characterized by beads, colorful gold, and eye-catching pendants. Create your own piece by showing inspirational photos to your jeweler or asking them about their tribal jewelry options.
Wear your Wedding Ring on Your Smallest Finger
This is a Victorian era tradition that men in high society, including the British royals, still keep to today. The wedding ring is created and sized to wear on the smallest finger, underneath a signet ring. This could be a great style to try if you have a signet ring passed down from a family member—or if you’ve earned a special class or football ring.
Why Men’s Jewelry Matters
Jewelry is a means of self-expression. For many of us, it tells a love story or reminds us of a special person or moment. By glancing down at your ring-clad fingers throughout the day, you’re reminded of who you are, and perhaps, where you came from.
For years, men have been robbed of this simple luxury. Our society decided that jewelry was feminine and only for women.
Now, that’s changing.
It’s great to be part of a movement and time in history where jewelry—and everything that comes with it—is a luxury available to everyone.
However you choose to wear your jewelry, wear it proudly.