Express Yourself: men’s jewellery trends to level up your look
From classic pearl necklaces to masculine rings, men’s jewellery is making a style statement. Here, Tempus introduces you to some of the coolest brands
Men’s jewellery has always been a statement ready to make, but all too often in recent years has it been reserved purely for the realms of rock ’n’ roll. Happily, thanks in no small part to the rise of Harry Styles, Timothée Chalamet, Pete Davidson and A$AP Rocky, jewellery has become a style stable for the fashion forward gent.
“There are some incredibly exciting jewellers out there for men but, until recently, red carpet accessories for men came down to their watch and cufflinks. Now we’re now seeing a much more exciting shift where men are embracing jewellery trends that used to be seen as subversive,” says designer Ciéranne Kennedy-Bell.
The award-winning Three Day Millionaire and BBC Starstruck costume designer and vintage style expert says bringing jewellery into the mainstream doesn’t diminish its power to tell a story – take, for example, musician Sam Smith’s jewellery journey, from a single crucifix earring in their first music video to romantic dangling pearls worn on both the red carpet and when they dress down. Likewise, actor Jason Momoa’s bohemian but geometric Cartier brooches may subtly reflect his Native Hawaiian culture, while The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal often keeps things simple with a futuristic beaded necklace.
But for those of us not yet used to reaching into the jewellery box, where’s the best place to start?
“Classic St Christopher-style pendants and stylish pearl necklaces have become a staple, as have layered chains – Brad Pitt’s recent red carpet looks with Dior jewellery are great examples of how even a simple necklace can uplift an evening look,” says Ciéranne, before adding a caveat: “But beware cheap versions of popular pearls that can look more reality TV than Riviera cool.
“Likewise, geometric brooches and chunky rings can create a very classic and masculine rock look, while the same accessories in a more delicate style can express a softer vibe that still screams confidence – match golds, silver or gems for a cohesive look that will bring the outfit together.” With these top tips in mind, read on for some of the coolest men’s jewellery brands that will complete your look…
Specialising in silver jewellery for women and men, German designer Thomas Sabo founded his eponymous line in 1984 and, by the 1990s, his sterling silver collections were a favourite in the fashion industry. Sabo launched his first men’s collection, Rebel at Heart, in 2007. Today, the brand partners with brilliant designers on a range of collections of bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings and more – from the Black Cat collection, to Rebel Kingdom’s skulls and crosses, the new Elements of Nature (right), to his fine jewellery collections. The one thing each collection has in common? A timeless touch of rock ’n’ roll.
Whether you’re looking for subtle studs, brilliant brooches, or other whimsical wonders, Tateossian has been a go-to for unique and stylish gentlemen since 1990. Founder Robert Tateossian – known as the King of Cufflinks – wanted to offer men and women ways to showcase their personality and style,. Go for Tateossian’s stacking bracelets (left) for everyday cool; match studs, chains and brooch styles to pull a black-tie look together; or, if you’re not ready to put your whole personality out on display, test the waters with a unique pair of cufflinks that reflects your hobbies, from mechanical gears, dice, cards and roulette wheels, mechanical animals, and even fine caviar – you really can wear your passions on your sleeves.
Many jewellers claim to be rock ’n’ roll, but few are quite as authentic as True Rocks. This very cool and kitsch brand was founded by Dawn Hindle and Emily Bradbury and offers a unique range of pendants, earrings, charms and more for men and women. With fans including Idris Elba and Nicole Scherzinger, the brand is perhaps best known for its inspired artist collaborations, from Rachel Howard’s The Humble Hanger, Gavin Turk’s Bitten rich tea biscuit pendant, to a silver pendant adorned by a set of The Specials drummer (and Emily’s husband) John ‘Brad’ Bradbury’s own drumsticks, as well as a collaboration with theatre director and HIV activist Andrew Keates in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. Rock on.
From fine jewellery to custom collections, the Dior brand is a powerhouse of style. The brand has dressed everyone from Harry Styles to Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson, and is always expanding its dressed-up style for the modern man. New pieces from Dior’s fine jewellery collection are androgynous and organic in shape, with rings and chains lending themselves to stacking and layering, while stand-out pearl chokers and chunky necklaces and bracelets from the Mode collection (left) make a bold statement paired with sleek, masculine tailoring.
Given the long history of timepieces being the fashion accessory for men, it would be remiss of us not to include watch and jewellery experts Bucherer on our list. Founded in 1888, Bucherer’s gem-encrusted high jewellery collection is on every woman’s wish list – but the brand has also turned its love of colour and eye for detail to men’s jewellery with its Bucherer Blue collection of luxurious collaborations. The launch of Bucherer Blue X line introduces exceptional bracelets (left) and pendants that can be customised to feature lucky numbers, colours and bespoke engraving. The contemporary pieces can be worn individually or combined for a look uniquely your own.
This brand-new fine jewellery line was founded in London by third-generation jeweller Noel Samra. His two lines, Revolution and Cosmos, reflect two sides of the modern, rebellious man. Revolution (left and previous) combines white and rose gold with white and black diamonds to embody unconventionality and attitude, with cross pendant, rings and bracelets. Cosmos is Noel’s artistic take on a comet or shooting star, bringing divine light to the wearer through sharp, geometric shapes across a range of pieces – necklaces, bracelets and earrings – in a multitude of colours for your every mood. This is a brand to watch.