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Men's Jewelry - We Call It "Bling"

May 13, 2008
When we say "jewelry", it is usually connected among women. But nowadays, even the fashionable male species know that a ring around the finger or a bracelet on the wrist can make a huge impact in his outfit and define his personal style as well. And the good thing is: men's jewelry is not just a trend that passes by for a while.

Historically, men had adornments with different kinds of accessories. From the primitive beaded necklace, precious stones and gold thread in his clothes, classic fob and watches to bull rings and necklaces. Today, men are now becoming more fashionable and experimental with style through jewelry. And unlike before, they are now more comfortable wearing them.

Through jewelry, men are able to express their personal style and identity to the world. Because of that, more varied forms became available and socially acceptable. But then what kind of jewelry do they want? Or rather, as the main basis in choosing jewelry, what do they think catches the ladies' eye?

According to the design experts of GIA, old and new styles are merging in terms of jewelry design. Also, masculine designs are given a feminine twist for that fresh take. And with the growing trend of genderless fashion, jewelry designers are also making pieces that can be worn by both men and women.

There are a lot of kinds of men's jewelry today, but perhaps one of the safest choices is the ring. We're talking about rings as accessory here, not a wedding ring or engagement ring. Designs vary from simple, plain bands to engraved ones, and materials vary from gold, silver, platinum and titanium.

Bracelets are also a popular choice, especially the ID bracelet. These bracelets are the kind with a flat chain and long, curved slab of metal where the name of the owner is engraved. Such bracelets are popular with the growing trend of jewelry that also serves as identification and heirloom pieces.

Among the corporate men, cufflinks are a must-have fashionable item. These serve as fasteners of the cuff part of the long-sleeve shirt or suit. Simple silver, gold and platinum are common, but for the fashionable types, precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, black onyx and ruby are also embedded.

And who says earrings are for athletes or rock stars? Even a small stud of diamond or metal worn in one ear can create that masculine appeal. Thus, stud earrings are also gaining popularity among men today.

Aside from these pieces, another item is gaining popularity today: dog tags. Originally identified among military personnel, dog tags also create a tough, manly appeal. And along with ID bracelets, this piece sets the trend for jewelry that also serves as identification. Dog tags are usually made with stainless steel, but fancy types such as those made with gold and silver or embedded with studs are also popular.

But if there's one item that a man must have, it would be the watch. Watches with big faces and made with metal material are identified among men. But nowadays, added functions such as water-proof and glow-in-the-dark hands and numbers are basics in buying one. Designs are improving, as watches today are becoming more and more "manly".

With a lot of types, materials and designs available, there is definitely no excuse for a man not to have at least one piece of jewelry. After all, even a single "bling" can add "zing" to your outfit.
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2008 Jason Tye. Jason Tye is the webmaster and owner of the mens jewelry emporium - homme rock, specializing in quality, designer jewelry and rings, for men.
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