We've entered an interesting era, a men's jewelry renaissance if you will. More men than ever are donning accessories, and with unabashed confidence to boot: pearl necklaces, rugged rings, dangly bracelets and earrings aplenty. Jewelry for men, in my opinion, has never been too taboo, but there have been, like conspiracy theories and alien tales, untrue tales about how, when and where you should wear your chosen accessories floating around the Internet.
I'm here to debunk nearly every single one — save for the bit about wedding bands. They should always go on your left ring finger. Otherwise, the category's wide open and ripe for riffs and experimentation. Experiment away, I say. Shop the best bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings below.
The Best Jewelry for Men
Rings can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, when the circle, more so than silver or gold, held significance. It's why people then exchanged or wore them — to represent eternal life or that they were from the upper echelons of society. Then, the circle meant endlessness, although the first modern instance of rings signaling marital status wasn't until 900 AD in Europe.
Today, rings remain a way to say you're married. But, they're also more than that.
Earrings are not permanent, but putting one (or two) in feels much more involved than slipping on a bracelet, sliding your finger into a few rings or knighting yourself with a necklace. Honestly, those feel a lot more like wearing a watch, but you can feel confident wearing any of these accessories, I promise — earrings included. It just takes repetition. You know, Michael Jordan's been both championed and chastised for his hoop earring a million times over throughout his life, but he keeps on wearing it — and with such impressive consistency it's become as iconic as he is.
When it comes to incorporating accessories into your outfits, it's important to practice restraint. If you catch yourself piling on a dozen necklaces, rings and bracelets, putting in a row of earrings and slipping on a rhinestone encrusted belt all at once, you've gone too far — and that's especially true if you feel even the slightest bit uneasy about doing so. You should feel confident in your ability to add items like a necklace (and maybe one or two bracelets, earrings or rings). TLDR: an accessory or two shouldn't trigger impostor syndrome.
Like I said before, it's best to invest in a bracelet you can wear all of the time — with casual looks and formal attire just the same. You’ll feel less insecure about your accessories this way. The more a part of your style your bracelet becomes, the less likely you are to be shaken by someone double-taking at your dangly accessory.