The popularity of jewelry among men has seen its share of highs and lows throughout history; it’s fair to say that today, most men know very little about jewelry, but that is changing.
In recent years, more men have begun adorning themselves with jewelry in an effort to reconnect with their creative, aesthetic side. As you will discover, men’s jewelry today is styled (and often ornately) into artworks with some historical, natural, sociocultural, or ethnocentric reference.
This guide is your introduction to some of the brands and designers of men’s jewelry. I’ve focused on designers who specialize in jewelry–fashion houses (e.g. Gucci, D&G, etc.) who produce jewelry only as part of a large line of accessories were intentionally excluded.
Armenta is a line of hand-crafted jewelry designed by Spanish jeweler Emily Armenta. Emily draws her inspiration from the Spanish poet Lorca and early Spanish and Moorish architecture. Armenta offers some of the most unique men’s jewelry you will find; it’s old world, romantic, enchanting, and looks like something you might find in a sunken treasure chest.
Buccellati is a family-owned Italian jewelry design house that has been in operation for over 100 years. Each piece is delicately hand-crafted using old world techniques.
Caputo & Co.
Caputo & Co., founded by New York-based designer Alex Caputo, produces leather accessories made from eco-friendly leather. The Caputo style draws upon a mix of American and Central America influence.
Cartier is a French luxury jeweler and watch manufacturer. Dubbed the “King of Jewelers,” Cartier is worn by a number of royals and celebrities. Various pieces of the men’s jewelry collection are adaptations from the women’s collections (e.g. Panthere, Trinity de Cartier, etc.). However, some styles were borrowed from the men’s watch collection (e.g. men’s Tank ring).
Catherine Zadeh is a New York-based designer born in Iran whose jewelry is inspired by art and architecture, designed with a modern edge, and described as “urban chic.”
Charriol is a Hong Kong-based jeweler founded by Philippe Charriol. Jewelry by Charriol is described as sophisticated and sporty; the jewelry is inspired by the twisted cable designs of the ancient Celts.
David Yurman is an American luxury jeweler. David Yurman’s signature design is the cable bracelet he introduced in the mid-1980s that remains popular to this day. The men’s collection features bold, sterling looks accented with exotic stones and occasionally pave diamonds or other precious stones.