A Man’s Guide to Wearing Jewelry

by Antonio on March 20, 2012 · 196 comments

in Accessories, Dress & Grooming

I wear my wedding ring on my right hand.

The reason? I married my wife in a Ukrainian Orthodox church and have never felt the need to move it even though we live in a country where 99.99% of people wear it on the left hand.

My ring is a small silver metal band that maybe cost $20.  Nothing to brag about.  Yet it has been the subject of hundreds of conversations over the last 8 years because of its placement.

That’s the power of jewelry–for better or worse it sends signals about who we are, what commitments we have made, and our status in society.   

Step outside the norm and people notice.  Depending on your goals, this may be a good thing or a bad thing.

The goal of this article is to help you understand the guidelines to wearing jewelry so you can better control the signals you send.  Because these tiny pieces of metal and stone can have a big effect on the opinions of people we’re trying to work with or get to know, you want to make sure you’re sending the right visual message.

Please note – this is one man’s perspective.  I am aware that different cultures around the world view the wearing of jewelry differently.  I would love it if in the comments below you expand on your view of male jewelry and its role in your environment. 

4 Rules for Men When Wearing Jewelry

1.  Keep It Simple

When in doubt, keep it simple.  Start with a classic leather-strapped silver watch; if you regularly wear a watch and can afford it, consider a sportier diving watch with a stainless steel band as well.  Next branch out to tie accessories and cufflinks.

Once you’re comfortable wearing these generally accepted pieces, then you can start to introduce other jewelry pieces like necklaces if you choose.  For a quick visual guide, visit Joe’s awesome chart over at Dappered.

2.  Match Metals

Most men’s jewelry is metallic.  Gold and silver tones are the most common.  Your outfits should only feature one metal tone at a time.

  • Gold is a warmer color and reads, predictably, like a yellow accent in terms of the color wheel.  It goes well with browns and other earth tones, as well as with deep hues like royal blue or hunter green.  Watch for differing tones if you’re buying multiple pieces of gold jewelry–gold comes in a broad range of darkness/lightness, and you may end up with pieces that don’t match if the difference is extreme.
  • Silver and silver-tone metals like polished stainless steel or chrome are neutral.  They read as grays, functionally outside the color wheel, falling instead on the black-to-white gradient.  That means they don’t clash too sharply with anything, but also don’t provide the same eye-catching contrasts that well-worn gold can.  Pair silver jewelry with black or dark gray clothing for a sleek, timeless look, or you can wear it with lighter colors in the summer without the fear of it overwhelming your clothing’s soft colors.
  • Copper and bronze are orange-hued metals and should be treated as such.  They’re bolder than gold or silver and need to be worn with restraint.  You’ll see copper-tone jewelry in more casual outfits, and an heirloom copper ring or shirt buttons/rivets can add to a plain trouser and shirt.
  • Precious stones need to be kept to a minimum.  They’re like purses–no matter how egalitarian you want to get about it, they’re still feminine to most.  A single color of stone on a ring or a single colored ear stud is the max.  Anything beyond that is either flaunting your wealth in an obnoxious way or just plain gaudy.
  • Turquoise gets a little bit of an exception for any man who wears deliberately Western styles.  It’s become something of a Southwestern gentleman’s stone.  A bit on a ring, bolo tie, or belt buckle goes great with jeans and a collared shirt.  Just be aware that it is a bright color and tends to be eye-catching–wear small amounts, and only when you want to draw attention to wherever the stone is located.
  • Leather is touchy for anyone who isn’t in high school or a rebel.  If you’re going to wear it, make sure it’s in natural earth-tones, not dyed black, and never with ostentatious metal studs.  Unless you ride a motorcycle, and even then, only when you’re actually riding the motorcycle.
  • Wood and bone are starting to show up more and more in men’s jewelry, often in reference to various ethnic traditions.  They’re usually on the paler end of the earth tones–take them case by case, and just be sure that you’re not wearing the jewelry right up against something that’s similar in color but not an exact match.  If you’re going to wear an unusual material like that, it needs to stand out a bit to really work.

The exception to issues of color matching are wedding bands and heirloom pieces. A man can always wear his wedding band; if it doesn’t go with your other metal pieces, don’t sweat it.  It’ll just draw a bit of attention, and there’s nothing wrong with having people notice the visible symbol of your commitment. As for heirloom pieces, try to match but assuming the piece is non-attention grabbing (such as a small ring or watch), the clash of metals is acceptable.

If you’re going to be buying jewelry soon–make sure to first read my primer here on buying male jewelry where I explain metal and stone details in further depth.

3.  Understand Jewelry’s Symbolism

Jewelry has meaning.

You can’t get away from this.  Despite it taking up only a tiny percent of your visual presentation, people zero in on jewelry thanks to its flash and uncommon usage by men.

To further complicate the matter, people can interpret the meaning of the same piece of jewelry very differently.  To some, ornamental rings symbolize success and wealth; to others they signal organized crime affiliation.  Here’s a great discussion about this in the Art of Manliness’ community forum.

That means a man has to be careful when wearing jewelry pieces outside the norm.  It’s easy to appear flashy when you start including nondescript jewelry in your daily getup.  However, jewelry can add a helpful bit of color and uniqueness to an outfit. So how does a well-dressed man balance it?

  • Avoid Ostentatious Styles.  It’s hard to repeat this point often enough.  Keep anything metallic small and sleek.
  • Wear Meaningful Jewelry.  We’ve talked about wedding rings already.  Other accents that have meaning might include a class ring, a fraternal insignia, a military service pin, or an athletic ring or necklace.  These can be “door openers and conversation starters;” if you’re talking to prospective business partners in Houston, it makes sense to wear your A&M class ring if you know they went to school in College Station.  If you’re interviewing artists for a gallery show in New York, perhaps heirloom cufflinks your uncle made can help display you care about art because you come from a family of artisans.  Choose jewelry that’s going to be meaningful within the situation.
  • Know When to Wear It.  Save your best for the big occasions in life.  Personally I rarely wear any jewelry–despite being in the clothing industry I prefer simple pieces.  But when I have an important event to attend, I pull out my watch and cufflinks.  Bringing specific pieces out for specific events–instead of everyday wear–makes them less status pieces and more festive statements.

4.  Jewelry and Dress Codes

In the business world, company dress codes can severely restrict male jewelry.  Often phrased in a politically correct tone such as, “Men should only wear tasteful pieces of jewelry,” you’ll find in practice that this means not rocking the boat and conforming to the status quo. So if you’re hired at AT&T corporate, be careful about trying to wear as many necklaces as Mr. T.

Seriously–the burden of appropriateness is always on the man who chooses to wear jewelry.  Know this and be restrained when you’re in any kind of professional setting.  You can express yourself after work.  Jewelry is, by its nature, small enough to slip into a jacket pocket after all.

Businesses that request “modest” or “tasteful” or “appropriate” jewelry, or other words along those lines, prefer things be limited to the traditional “masculine” styles of jewelry.  This includes tie accents, watches, cuff-links, wedding bands, and lapel pins.  Over the last decade most companies have expanded this to include bracelets, earrings, and ethnic jewelry as well.

Piercings (other than earrings) are dicey even in casual outfits.  If your office and social circles are comfortable with nose or lip piercings, that’s great, but it’s still going to seem off-putting to some strangers that you interact with–clerks at stores, taxi drivers, what have you.

Unfair?  Absolutely, but that’s reality unless you live in a counter-culture friendly city like Austin, Boulder, or Portland.  If your goal is to appear well-dressed and trustworthy to most, look to stay within the bounds of accepted male styles.

Types of Male Jewelry

The following is a condensed list of every piece of male jewelry I could think of; here’s a more in-depth look at the core pieces of male jewelry if you’re looking for more info.

Wedding bands – A common piece of jewelry for over half a century, wedding rings are normally made from gold, silver, and platinum and are simple in design.

Watches – A functional piece of jewelry, watches are as safe as wedding rings and acceptable to wear in all circumstances except black tie events (although this is an old rule followed by few).  In general the simpler the watch, the dressier it is.  A plain black leather strap and simple silver timepiece with Arabic or Roman numerals is versatile and classic.  Metal watches are fine for suits and sport jackets, while cloth bands and plastic watches should be reserved for casual wear.

Blazer Buttons – When a man buys a blazer it normally comes with simple brass buttons.  He then has the option to upgrade them to gold or silver buttons.  Horn and mother of pearl are options here as well, but the key is the blazer jacket is clearly distinguished by the ornamentation of the buttons.

Companies such as Ben Silver have built a strong reputation thanks to their wide selection of quality blazer buttons.

Cufflinks & shirt studs – Cufflinks and shirt studs are functional jewelry pieces that hold the cuffs and front of a dress shirt in place, normally where buttons would have been.  Shirt studs are most commonly associated with black tie attire, while cufflinks only require French or double cuffs.  Metallic cufflinks made from precious metals in simple designs are the most formal, while any cufflink using a novelty design is more for fun around the office.  Silk knots are a simple alternative to metals, and are a favorite with younger men.

Tie accents – a tie accent serves the practical purpose of keeping your tie in place.  This is commonly accomplished in three ways: with a tie pin, a tie bar, or a tie chain.  Tie bars are simple strips of gold, silver, or other metal that clip onto the tie horizontally and hold it in place using the shirt as the anchor. Tie chains serve the same purpose as the tie clip but remain unseen, while the tie tack accent is best avoided as it sticks a pin through the tie.

Rings – Rings come in a wide variety of forms: class rings, fraternal rings, championship rings, and decorative rings.  As mentioned previously, wedding rings are always acceptable, but other rings should be worn with more caution in the US.  Class and fraternal rings are in most cases acceptable, while championship rings are best left for celebrations with old teammates or fights in a back alley.   I have many European friends that wear decorative rings; within their ethnic circles in cities like Chicago and New York this is normal.

How many rings can a man wear?  My answer is as many as he can confidently pull off.  For most of us this is one or two rings–our wedding ring and perhaps a university or fraternal ring.  We’ve been raised in a society that frowns on showing off success and wealth in this manner.  But there are many men–especially travelers and immigrants–who can confidently wear 3 to 5 rings and not come off as a sleazy used car salesmen.

Lapel pins – They can be ornamental, collectable, or reveal a group affiliation.  Lapel pins have been around for half a century, although the recent headlines would make you think they originated from American politicians looking to display their patriotism.  Their history actually lies with the USSR and China where portraits of communist leaders were worn to display loyalty.  Nowadays pin designs come in all shapes, colors, and meanings.

Belt Buckles – In the American West, trophy belt buckles have been around since the 1920s, handed out to rodeo and other contest winners.  Not practical for normal work wear (although some wear them when dressing up), they became more common in the 1950s as Hollywood influenced their demand and acceptance.  The rules on wearing a western buckle are this: if it’s a prize buckle, you or a descendant should have won it.  Otherwise leave them on the shelf.  As for western buckles in general–wear them if they fit your personality and meet your needs.

Bracelets – Decorative, functional, cause-related, and medical alert.  Men of royalty have worn ornamental bracelets for thousands of years, but more common today are cause-related bracelets such as Livestrong, functional ones such as parachute cord bracelets, or medical alert bracelets with a man’s vitals in case he loses consciousness.

I personally feel a man should be very careful with decorative bracelets; cause bracelets are another story.  Despite their recent overuse, I think if a man is a true advocate of the cause, they are great conversation starters that can lead to greater awareness.  As for survival bracelets–well, I have yet to hear a true story of a man surviving on account of his paracord bracelet.  But feel free to enlighten me in the comments.

Necklaces – Decorative, functional, medical, or religious.  As a military man I wore my dog tags for 6 years–never really got used to it though as I’m not a necklace wearer.  I know other men who love their gold chains, and wear them 24/7 even on the beach.  Necklaces are an easy piece of jewelry to wear because they can be hidden under the clothing. Since only a sliver can be seen by others, they create a feeling of curiosity and can thus be a great conversation starter.  As for length and number to be worn–less is more.  Two is about the most I recommend. For length, at least six to eight inches above your navel is a good standard.

Earrings – The most accepted piercing for men.  They have gained wider appeal over the last 30 years and nowadays do not garner much interest in large cities, although in smaller communities and conservative businesses they are still frowned upon by many.  Ear piercings’ main advantage is that the earring can be easily removed if required for work.

Other Piercings – Nose, brow, and other.  Facial piercing and the jewelry associated with it have not reached mainstream acceptance.  There are cities (and cultures) where this type of ornamentation is normal; however, it is perceived by many in the US as a sign of rebellion.

Ethnic jewelry – As varied as the people of this planet, the key with wearing ethnic pieces is to remember your surroundings.  What works in northern Thailand won’t necessarily fly in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  However, tasteful pieces such as tribal bracelets can help you stand out from the masses and help tell the story of your family’s journey.

Military Jewelry – Warriors have adorned their uniforms with pieces of medal and ribbon for thousands of years.  If this doesn’t dispel the myth that jewelry is feminine, I don’t know what will.

Religious Jewelry – Prayer beads, rosary beads, Japa mala, medallion necklaces, and scapulars.  Wear them in accordance with your faith’s teachings.  And be respectful of the importance others place on these items even if you are not of their religion.

Jewelry to Avoid – Grills, anklets, toe rings, belly piercings, engagement rings, armlets………no,no,no, never, no, and no.

So what are your thoughts on jewelry?  I know we have readers from all over the world, so let’s hear from you below in the comments!

 

Written by Antonio Centeno
Founder, Real Men Real Style
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101 Tom Connolly March 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I have read this article, but mostly the comments with great interest. My OCD seems to require me to be even on both sides, so:
Celtic Wedding band (original one had to be cut off d/t dog bite, my wife picked out this one).
A Claddagh ring on my right hand (my wife and I gave them to each other as Christmas gifts our first year of marriage).
A large face, basic Timex
A “Battle Saint Bracelet” on my right wrist (see http://battlesaint.com/ for more)
Finally, my miraculous medal on a gold chain, usually not seen.
Luckily for me, I have a service dog that carries my emergency info, but I feel like I should go back to my dog tags. we’ll see.

Thanks all for the comments, interesting to see the different feelings this has evoked (except the guy who demanded class with profanity. That was odd.) Peace.

102 Alex March 25, 2012 at 1:04 am

I am heavily modified, having stretched ears, a stretched septum piercing, both nostrils pierced, a centered lip piercing, various other piercings in my ears, and some tattoos. With that said, I wear solid black jewelry and, when paired with more conservative clothing, I can look rather respectable and dapper. Just because one is modified does not mean one is a rebel or a hoodlum. You said that in this article, and I appreciate that you recognize it. I never felt more confident than I did when I started getting modifications.

103 Jrobertlysaght March 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Very interesting article. I was hoping to see some insight regarding pocket watches somewhere in there, but I suppose their day has past for most.

104 Russ March 25, 2012 at 1:09 pm

A word on Masonic Jewelry.. If you have your grandfather’s old Masonic ring. This is a fantastic family item to have. However, if you have not yet joined the Masons ( and if your Grandfather was a member, why haven’t you joined?) Do NOT wear the items if you are not yet a member of the fraternity. It will mean much more to you having earned the right to wear it.

105 J.K. Gibbs March 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I wear a moderate amount of jewelry but nothing overly flashy. Gold wedding band, a small pewter Thor’s Hammer on a silver chain as a sign of my faith, and 2 earrings, one in each ear. Both earrings being simple horseshoe style and surgical steel. I never take any of them off unless they need to be cleaned, and since they are not flashy they go with just about everything, and if I’m dressed up my necklace simply goes under everything.

106 Miller Industries March 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

diver’s watch, thats all i need. it tells people that i mean business, that im not afraid to get my hands dirty.

and it looks cool.

107 Eric March 26, 2012 at 11:54 am

Thanks for including Western style in your discussion. I’d like to see more of that discussed on AoM. I live in a rural area where “dapper” is often just not very practical (either socially or functionally), but just because the fashion rules out here are different from more metropolitan areas, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, or that they aren’t worth discussing (especially within the context of manliness).

108 Man Wall March 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Anything beyond a watch seems unnecessary. I’ve never been one for chains, despite my European upbringing. I’ve never been a fan of rings or bracelets, even class rings because come on, how proud of your school can you be?

109 William March 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

Fist off, i’m a diabetic, so i do wear a necklace with my important information stamped into dogtags. I also wear my gold wedding band on my left hand and a divers watch in black gunmetal.

On my right hand i wear paracord ‘survival strap’ and it’s a tasteful black. It hasn’t saved my life yet, but one i made, wore, and used before has helped with on the road auto repairs to get me to a new town for repairs.

110 Valerio March 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

As a practical man, i wear only a watch.
I like classy but not traditional ones, so i found this watch that’s perfect for me, and also cheap: http://youtu.be/AD3fvoWNnHM

111 David March 27, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I am glad pocket watches were left off the list. While an interesting glimpse to the past, I feel like being known as “the guy with the pocket watch” is not a good thing. You might as well round it out with a cape, cane, and a Snidely Whiplash ‘stache.

112 Stephen March 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

While never having survived on my paracord bracelet, i find it immensely useful for using as a cat toy in unfamiliar locations (to break the tension), holding packages of things together, and letting people know i enjoy the mountains and outdoors, as i do not dress like a mountain man.

113 Stephen Wood March 28, 2012 at 12:38 am

I still can’t bring myself to wear any jewelry that’s not in a large way functional. I actually think our society’s attitude of men’s jewelry as ostentatious displays of class or wealth is an enlightened movement. I hope we don’t lose it.

114 Aggie March 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I was hoping you would mention a class ring of some sort. I glad you chose to mention the aggie ring. A lot of aggies won’t be caught dead without their ring on once they receive it.

115 JDC March 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I always have a military lapel pin. I was in the Navy for 8 years and like to give some representation to my Brother in Arms since I work in Academics. I own 6-8 vintage watches that I rotate through. I wear a wedding band in gold and a ring from my Grandfather engraved “1942 Manilla, PI.” I could care less if it matches with anything else.

116 MEH March 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I wear my gold wedding ring on my left hand and on my right hand a handsome gold signet ring MEH that my wife and her family had made for me in 1987. I often catch people admiring it and have been able to tell it’s story many times. It’s a sweet piece of jewelry.

117 JH March 31, 2012 at 3:08 pm

For those of us whose eyesight is somewhat compromised, I would very much appreciate advice on what to consider when equipping oneself with spectacles.

118 Kamron March 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I’ve seen men with anklets and being of African descent, I don’t have a problem with it once it is very simple and not too fussy.

119 Taylor April 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

I would love to know everyone’s thoughts about wearing a pocket watch. They are never seen anymore in this modern age, which is a sham because I think they look great, when done right that is.

120 Herr Doktor April 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

‘I would love to know everyone’s thoughts about wearing a pocket watch.’
Herr Doktor wears one along with the Silver antique fob given to me by my late sister. One must wear a vest accordingly. So really it’s part of your overall personal style. Herr Doktor also wears his Wedding Band and Signet Ring. Both on the Left hand.

121 Bryan April 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I wear two pieces of jewelry:

Wedding ring on the right hand (yes, I am an Orthodox Christian).

Watch chain (watch is in a pocket unless being looked at)–I dislike wearing wristwatches. It’s amazing that I have far more success finding a timepiece at WalMart than the vast majority of upscale stores. Evidently, the old-school manliness of a pocketwatch is no longer acceptable.

122 Steve April 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pennant with a leather necklace. http://www.polartcenter.com/Polish_Eagle_Cross_Black_Enamel_p/9701480.htm

I’m not a religious person at all, but the symbolism behind this is intriguing. From the picture you can see it’s a Polish Eagle over a black enamel cross. The black enamel signifies the loss of someone dear to you in the Polish tradition. When I was 21, I lost my father, and being Polish myself, I think it would be a small way to celebrate his life and my heritage. The only thing holding me back is the religious aspect behind this. What do you guys think? I don’t wear much else besides a watch (Casio for everyday/shop work, and a Bulova watch for going out/more formal wear), and a steel bracelet. No wedding band yet, but soon.

123 Isaac Knapp April 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Great article. Currently I own a couple pairs of cufflinks and a pocket watch. However, I am curious for an explanation on the engagement ring. Not quite sure I understand that one.

124 JGM April 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I’m an American civil engineer and I joined the Order of the Engineer http://www.order-of-the-engineer.org/ before graduation. It is similar and inspired by the Canadian Iron Ring. Our rings are stainless steel and worn on the pinky finger of the working hand. It’s been 10 years since graduation and I still wear mine. Others I graduated with don’t wear theirs any more. But I wear the ring to remind me that what I do has life and death consequences.

125 Manly Michaelson April 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I just received my Aggie ring this past weekend and was so excited to see it mentioned in the article! Nothing will start a conversation like an Aggie ring!

126 BossFish April 5, 2012 at 1:52 am

I made an inventory a few months ago of manly jewellery and have been upgrading or adding to my collection. Here is my list of items beyond the regular mentioned in the article.
Eyewear, corrective and/or sunglasses
Pocket Knife-I got several I rotate which are inlaid.
Money Clip-may include a pocket knife. I have several I rotate that are MOP, turquoise or wood and bone inlaid as well as gold or silver.
Pill Case-I am diabetic and have angina.
Key-chain or Key-ring.

I also have several watches I rotate that are plain metal beaters, gold with small diamond pointers, silver etc. I usually match or coordinate the materials in my various jewelry items whether in black tie or beach wear.

127 Phil April 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I’ve always wanted a pocket watch, that should come up in a future article so I know how to rock it out.

128 12th Man April 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I say this, with no disdain whatsoever: all Aggies love their rings! I just got mine at 5:30 last Friday, like Manly Michaelson did. I love it! From a Loud and Proud Member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2012! A! WHOOP! Thanks and Gig’em!

129 jason taylor April 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm

What about decorated weapons ? Bejeweled weapons were common in many cultures(including our own, only a century or two ago) and perfectly manly. Some were quite serviceable for their ostensible use. I remember a photo I saw once of a decorated kukri sheeth.

130 Andrew April 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I wear my Eagle scout ring which I’ve found is a good conversation piece.

131 Edward April 12, 2012 at 9:13 am

Nice article, I usually only wear jewelry for dress. My grandfathers gold signet ring and usually another heirloom ring with a colored stone with a small wrist watch. I do on rare occasions wear a pocket watch with a simple gold chain. Having inherited a lot of beautiful old jewelry it is a shame not to wear some of it but I hate to look too over the top. I do often also wear a collar bar as I have beautiful ones from my father and grandfather.

132 Gin&Tonics April 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

You forgot to mention the venerable and magnificent pocket watch. Definitely a conversation starter.

Rolexes are ugly, overrated hunks of junk, in my opinion.

133 Kit April 14, 2012 at 6:16 am

Wedding ring, nothing else. That is the true ‘man’s guide’ to jewelry.

134 Dean April 16, 2012 at 3:02 am

Wedding ring always.

On occasion, a tasteful Movado watch. Elegant in its simplicity.

Rare occasions, a signet ring with the Imperial Crest. It’s an heirloom, and since the fall of all Eastern European monarchies, it doesn’t have much significance to many, but it has meaning to me.
My ancestors had to flee to the US when the Revolution broke out. They left everything, just escaping with their lives and a few trinkets.

135 anthony September 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm

a paracord braclet saved my life! i made a bow string with it and killed a bear!

136 DP September 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

i see lots of mention of mason rings. what is the big deal with them and why are so many readers members?

only thing i have ever heard about them is they don’t let atheist join.

137 Darren October 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

What a great website, thank you Mr Centeno. I wear 2 fraternal silver rings which I think don’t make look like a member of the cast of The Sopranos or I hope that is the case. I live in a metropolis and they don’t raise any eyebrows though I think that anymore metal would look tacky.

138 Darren October 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I don’t think, however, that wearing ring signifies wealth like it possibly did in the past. I think it conveys the attitudes and beliefs of the wearer more than anything else

139 Jake October 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Guys, nobody gives a damn about your class rings. You shouldn’t need a ring to start or continue a conversation.

140 Harry October 11, 2012 at 10:09 am

I really like this article. Helps a lot.
But I wear a pocket watch. Even with my casual clothes. I clip the end of the chain to my back pocket and slip the watch itself into my front pocket. It’s a simple silver color that goes well with jeans I believe.

141 austin October 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

For the the purpose of respect one that rosary beads mean anything to would not wear them so out of respect of those people and their beliefs and do not wear them they are not necklaces they are for prayer

142 Tony October 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I’m just a High School student, but I’ve always had a show off to my personality, most likely due to my genes of my parents combined. Either way, most friends see me walking around with my dads golden chains necklace , its almost fully pure at about 22 or 24 karrats. Also i wear either a Keneth Cole or this Bulova precionist i fell in love with with is weird as i don’t really like this kind. Usually thats about it on jewlery. This whole wearing high end jewelry for me started in 9th grade when i gave my girlfriend a 14 karrat necklace for our 1 month. Don’t ask. Currently in 10th grade, and still going out with her, and while most walk around with cheap or knock offs, i’m truly the only student to do this things.

This i for those of you that say money can’t buy everything.

Ps. I do NOT have any earings or any kind of piercings as i personally see that as a rebelous/want to be kind of thing if you know what i mean. My dad’s the CEO and he’s told me a million times from a young age, such things as piercings and tattoo’s aren’t really accepted in the business world. I know some companies do, freedom of speech etc, but think about it and tell me what you all think about this i personally agree with it.

143 Rob October 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

Tony,
I was always taught with tattoos, that the rule was “nothing below the wrist, nothing above the neck”, after all with a long sleeved shirt on, nobody even knows you have tattoos.
As for jewellery, I own quite a substantial amount, I have 2 silver rings, one of which is an Irish cross heirloom and very old, 2 18k white gold rings with diamonds, 4 18k yellow gold rings with diamonds and sapphires, 4 silver necklaces, 4 18k yellow gold necklaces, 3 silver bracelets, 3 19k yellow gold bracelets, a Swiss watch with mother mother of pearl and diamonds for everyday wear, and a gold Nelson commemorative watch with a brown leather strap for more formal occasions. As an avid darts player, I tend to wear only jewellery down the left side of my body, as I throw with the right. I have never had anybody in social occasion sneer because of the amount of jewellery I wear; because in this day and age, it comes down to personal choice. I doubt anyone would have called Mr.T names for wearing a necklace set valued at $300K!

144 Jess October 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Great article, thanks for the insight and I appreciate you stating clearly it’s only your opinion.

Personally, I quit wearing my wedding band years ago when I was in the service and have never put it back on. I do wear a steel necklace and small totem or cross on it (as I am Christian – Methodist).

I appreciate your mention of belt buckles, though I don’t wear a western style buckle, I do wear various contemporary buckles, including a large skull wearing a gas mask made by artist Bryson Ahlstrom (http://www.twistedbry.com/) and various buckles by Fourspeed Metalwerks out of Jakarta, Indonesia. These artists create gorgeous wearable art which helps me keep my belt tight and my pants up…and they are no doubt conversation starters too.

145 Jefferson Faudan October 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

nice article and detailed… and thank goodness i didn’t read much about women whining about men wearing jewelry… maybe that’s their way of keeping the jewelry for themselves

146 Jza November 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

Aside from the wedding band. Or unless you have won the Superbowl, Wold Series, etc those are the only kind of rings a man should wear. Any man worth his salt should invest in a good watch. 1)It’s the only jewelry piece women care to see on us. 2)The type of watch you wear says a lot about you.

147 Joshua November 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I just have one comment about religious jewelry. Gentlemen and any ladies that might reading this… a rosary is NOT jewelry. A rosary should only be used for prayer and not to tie you loom together. Every time I see this it upsets me. The rosary is such a beautiful devotion, it does not need to be draped over your neck. Please just don’t do it. This practice is disrespectful.

148 Ashwin November 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

I realize it looks extremely cheeseball to have a gold chain (I’m thinking aging Sopranos Italian mafia types in tracksuits), but I wear one that my mom gave to me.

The chain is one that she bought me for my first birthday and the pendant is a Ganesh (since we are Hindu). Whenever I see myself in the mirror, I always just look like a ridiculous gangster or what not but its important so I wear it.

Probably doesn’t help my chances with the ladies, either…

149 wezz November 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

i meant to say “Do not Follow the crowd”
“Lead”…

150 RLA November 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

DP,
There is a lot you have to go through to become a master mason and earn the right to wear a masonic emblem such as a mason’s ring. So they naturaly mean a lot to those who have earned the right to wear them. And as you are correct athiests can not become masons as one of the requirements in becoming a mason is a belief in a higher power .

151 Sean Hewlett December 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

This has been an incredible read, thank you for writing this. I own a men’s jewelry company and the most common thing I hear is “I like your work but I don’t know how to wear jewelry” I also really appreciate the kind words about wearing wood and bone, not to mention necklaces.

152 Sam December 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I’m a little curious about the rationale behind your thoughts on engagement rings. I actually know a lot of men who wear them; simple bands on the right hand ring finger, following the South American tradition. The men I know don’t seem to catch any flack for this, and most people tend to see it as a sweet gesture. I don’t like one-sided traditions, so I am a little opposed to the women-only engagement ring tradition, but I realize that if I chose not to wear one, people would judge my fiancé rather than me and would call him “cheap.” Funny thing is, I’m the cheap one and that’s why I don’t want one; I think they’re a waste of money and the wedding bands have the real significance! However, if he chose to get me one, I would cherish it and the sentiment behind it as I cherish any gift from him. He, on the other hand wants an engagement ring for himself; we got each other claddagh rings for our 2 year dating anniversary, and if/when we get engaged, he would like to switch it to his left hand. If he dropped a bunch of money on a ring for me though, I would probably get a newer, nicer claddagh for him as we set a $75 price limit on these ones. Also, I don’t think its fair for one partner to be socially obligated to spend money that the other partner isn’t.

153 thiago December 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Bret, what is you opnion on freemanson label pins.
Currently I am only using them in formal ocasions.

154 Matthew January 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

I currently have upper ear (right pierced twice), 2 small silver hoops.
2 silver rings (came as a three), one for my father and one for my grandfather and one for me, unfortunately grandfather is no longer with us so I am its custodian, A plain brown leather watch and my AOFB lapel pin

155 Brian January 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

As someone who struggles with a major anxiety disorder, I recently ordered a “worry ring”, which is a ring with two bands, one that slides over the other, and allows me to fidget slightly without disturbing anyone else. As an avid nerd, the ring I ordered is a “dice ring” from a recently completed Kickstarter; it has the numbers 1-20 on it. It will sit on my right ring finger, and I suspect it will stay there until I get married, at which point I will wear my wedding band on my left hand. I have a nice brown leather and brass bracelet for ‘going out’ wear, and an antique pocket watch for very formal occasions.

I’m looking at watches, but so far I haven’t found anything that speaks to me.

That’s plenty.

156 Aaron January 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

The only piece of jewelry I have is a mala I wear on my left wrist, no tassel. The beads have the 200+ Chinese characters of the Heart Sutra carved into them (very very small, 12 per bead). The beads are not big enough to stand out much, but they’re also not so tiny that they look dainty. The color is a subtle natural wood color that is slightly darker than my skin during winter, and during the summer my skin gets a lot darker so the beads contrast nicely. By now they have grown quite smooth from rubbing on my skin. I picked these up in Japan in 2005 and have restrung it 3 times. Wrist mala made of stone can be worn with a suit, preferably dark colored because they contrast nicely with a white shirt. These “wrist mala” are pretty common in East Asia, and can be a sign of affiliation with a Buddhist group or simply be a good luck charm. Mine’s maybe a bit of both. I see a lot of people who wear the longer 108 bead version like a necklace or on their wrist. Only monks should do this, and only during religious functions. Actually, the only time the long beads should even be out of their case is during a religious function. I guess that’s why the Dalai Lama wears his on his wrist when he teaches (which is then copied by people who don’t understand that they are holy religious items). I wonder how Christians feel when someone uses a rosary as a fashion accessory? The long beaded rosary and mala are not jewelry, that’s why the wrist version was made. I really like mine. I think it fits nicely with my style, which is quite conservative business casual most of the time, with a little mala flair ;-)

157 Seth January 28, 2013 at 12:04 am

Regarding the military display box, is it real? To me, having been in the military and knowing military decorations, I find it unlikely that an individual can make it to the rank of Sgt. Maj. with only four “good conduct medals”, while also having four “combat action ribbons”, but nowhere showing a service stripe. Every shadow box/high-ranking retirement memento has the individual’s service stripes somewhere on display.

158 Zachary January 31, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I’m a young salesmen, and I have been battling myself which jewelry is accepted. I often take off my pinky ring off when dealing with particular customers. My favorite combo is my vintage gold benrus tank watch {leather band} which I wear on the left and Two toned hammered wedding band. And a pretty plain gold pinky ring with a Lindy sapphire. I get many compliments mainly from gentleman, but feel younger folks see it a sign of arrogance. What do you think about pinky rings? I think its all on how you wear it, and think I wear it well, but being a salesman I worry about seeming sleazy.

159 Mark Wiz February 2, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Me? Simple gold wedding band…always. One stud earring (usually diamond)….always. Everything else is optional. Usually a gold watch w/leather band or, if very casual, a plastic watch. Now, sometimes I wear ONE of the following: a ring on my right hand (I do wear color stones, lapis, opal, turquoise). I wear the “dressier” settings at night and more simple bands with sweaters, etc. A simple gold or silver bracelet. A narrow gold necklace. Again, I wouldn’t wear more than one of these accessories at a time.

160 Jefferson Faudan February 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

good thing i wasn’t born rich or i’d be “flaunting” my wealth… LOLS!!!

This is how i wear my ring(s) anyway… http://bit.ly/135jeax

161 M. Licht March 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I wear a classic, slim Swiss gold watch with a brown leather strap. It is elegant, discrete, and not flashy. Nobody but me and a watch expert can tell whether it cost 20.000 or 1000 dollars. And I am not going to tell you. And it shows what time it is!
On my left hand, the ring finger, I wear a signet ring. When my father died, it passed on to me. I look at it and feel love and pride that I now have the responsibility of representing this family name with dignity and wisdom . I also love the craftmanship. This particular ring was bought by my great-great grandfather around 1885 (the coat of arms in the signet goes 400 years further back), created by the finest goldsmith in Denmark at the time.
On my right hands ring-finger I would wear a wedding ring, if my wife believed in that kind of symbolism. In Denmark only the king and queen wear their left hand – or at least it used to be like that.

162 Luke March 31, 2013 at 3:50 am

I wear a plain black metal watch on the “wrong” hand, as I wear it on the right hand being a right hander. This generates a bit of interest, as I find this most comfortable, and people will often note that I’m wearing it on the wrong hand/

163 Xenos April 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

My jewelry:
A white gold wedding band, claddagh design (difficult to wear because of the arthritis and bone spurs in my hands)

A somewhat rebellious ball-chain necklace with a cross on it (normally tucked under my collar-I’m loath to part with it, as it is a symbol of not only my faith, but what I’ve been through because of it)

A pocket watch (the style of which varies from occasion to occasion-for instance, family get togethers, I’m usually in a black or ivory waist coat, and will wear either a silver or antique brass, respectively, watch and chain. On 9/11, I wear a gold watch and chain. Day to day, I wear a leather belt fob watch)

Class ring (also white gold, amethyst stone) is for special occasions (weddings, funerals) only. All other times, it’s round my ball chain necklace, tucked under the shirt).

On days where I know my pocket watch would get in the way (particularly large workloads, in and out of many places, areas it could become a snag hazard) I wear a very simple Casio Digital Watch. Not flashy, I know, not really “Dapper,” either. But it’s been with me in eight countries, and four continents. I’m loath to part with it, particularly since my Nautica Diving Watch’s band no longer fits me (I really must get that extended). A note of interest, when I wear a watch, I wear it facedown. As a guitarist, it makes it far easier for me to check the time while I’m playing.

Not sure if it’s jewelry or no, but I do have a D-Ring I received from my old job I keep my keys on.

164 Seth May 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Very interesting article. I wear a small gold ring with a garnet on my right ring finger. It was my deceased uncle’s. He liked jewelry but rarely wore any. I’ve worn it in memory of him now for seven years and only take it off to sleep, shower or swim. I’ve had a number of people point it out over the years. I largely don’t care what others think whether it’s “manly” to wear it or not; if the ring’s not on their finger, I don’t see it as an issue. When I marry I will have my band on my left ring finger, my uncle’s ring on my right. I’ve never understood “gangstas” wearing “bling” to show off their “personality”. I think if you have to wear something to show off your “personality”, you need to GET a personality.

165 Tom July 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I wear a gold hoop earring in my left ear and a very small wider silver hoop with tiny crystals in, in my right. I wear my sadly departed Grandmothers St Christopher hanging from my sadly departed step-fathers gold necklace. also I own 10 watches (varying in style), which I rotate.. my favourite being my Omega Seamaster diving watch (James bond watch) which took me ages to save up to afford. I only take my watch off at night when i go to bed. I don’t wear any rings and I’m not married. i will never not wear my jewellery. It’s who I am, English born 1st generation Irish Catholic. 24 years old.

166 Eddie July 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I some cultures, when a couple becomes in engaged it is customary for both the woman and man to wear “engagement” rings. Often, they are worn on the right hand until they are wedded, at which point the rings are changed to the left hand (or leave it on right hand).

167 Kreetchur July 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Another thing to note is that some professions require a particular piece of jewelry. For example, engineers are given a pinkie ring on graduation to be worn on the writing hand, which taps against the table every time that they sign off on a blueprint – just as a little reminder; this is sort of like having a wedding band as a reminder to yourself and others.

168 James R. August 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

I noticed quite a few people mentioning that Rosary beads should not be worn as jewelry. This is actually more a personal preference than any doctrine. The Roman Catholic Church (who instituted the Rosary) has not forbidden the wear of Rosaries, but Canon Law 1171 states that it should be treated with reverence. However, many saints throughout the ages have worn or encouraged wearing Rosaries as a way to increase devotion.

Also, having served in the Army, I know many of the men took to wearing Rosaries made out of knotted 550 cord around their necks during missions.

I acknowledge that it is personal preference and some may find it distasteful and irreverent, but there is a very long history of Rosaries being worn. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with it.

169 JL August 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks for the article. Interesting, informative, thorough and helpful mention of culture.

170 Franklin August 12, 2013 at 1:55 am

I like to wear a simple ring on my little finger and a watch. I have a small collection of vintage watches that I alternate wearing. As not many people wear a watches these days I’ll often get asked questions about my watches.

171 Jack S August 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Good article. 9 to 5 I wear a watch (not today, the battery died and I haven’t gotten around to changing it) and sometimes a tie bar, but nothing else.

But after hours I’ve always liked jewlery. Lately I’m rocking a set of mismatched wooden bead bracelets, and an old bandana and a leather cord necklace both tied around the wrist. I’m usually wearing a jacket so you just get little peeks. But I’m 27 and have a trendy haircut, I don’t have any trouble pulling them off, and my clothes otherwise speak softly, mainly through their fit and construction, so I feel it’s an acceptable flourish.

My dad brought a ring back from Afghanistan that’s been sitting in my drawer for years, I’m thinking of giving it a try. It’s silver with a black stone, I kind of feel it, I’m reading this article as part of my research on this topic. Taken to heart, although I may end up deviating from your advice.

172 Jonathan September 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

As for the rosary. I wear a silver rosary almost every day of my life. I do not wear a rosary as jewelry however. I wear the rosary as a tool. I pray the rosary as often as possible which is usually every day if not multiple times a day. I do not always know when I will feel the need or have a chance to meditate the mysteries of the rosary so I wear it around my neck for safekeeping and convenience for when I need to pray. I am catholic but I would suggest anyone can pray the rosary and should pray the rosary and when done correctly is a wonderful tool to help strengthen your faith. However, I would never condone wearing the rosary as jewelry. I wear mine under my shirt and very little of it is visible. Some who do recognize it, due to the placement of the beads, sometimes give me a funny look but that’s okay. I doubt those people could even tell me what all the mysteries of rosary even are or on what days they should be prayed. I have began to memorize the scriptural rosary of all the mysteries for every decade. That totals 200 scriptural messages altogether. So if you pray the rosary everyday and meditate deeply on the mysteries of faith with it on a regular basis and find it to be a tool for you strengthen your faith and its easier for you to wear it, then by all means wear it and wear it proudly. But don’t just wear the rosary because you think its cool. Instead pick up a book, learn about it and start praying it daily.

173 Luke September 15, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Everyday I wear 2 rings, a skeleton watch, a chainmaille bracelet, and a bullet shell necklace. I have worn these for a long time, and so now they are kind of a part of me. If you are just starting to wear a necklace, start simple at first, and then you can go as extreme as you want, but don’t start out with something crazy.

174 Sadam C. Basilon September 17, 2013 at 6:02 am

I like to wear a simple ring on my little finger and a watch.

175 Diamond Geezer September 21, 2013 at 10:09 am

Great article. All through history gentlemen wore gemstones of all varieties, now it seems it’s just garnet and diamond.
I have peridot, opal, garnet, tourmaline and citrine ring… and I do get lots of compliments ;-)

176 Gil September 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I’m pretty flexible when it comes to jewelry. I always wear my wedding ring, a watch and a bracelet. Sometimes I will wear one of my other rings, but for the most part, I like to keep it simple.

177 Gil September 26, 2013 at 2:43 pm

@ post # 103..I would love to find and carry a nice pocketwatch. No rule that says we have to have a watch stapped to our arms all of the time.

178 Mike October 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’m 48 and I’ve always liked jewelry. I’ve had both of my ears pierced for many years now and at times grappled with whether or not I should take them out and be done with them, but I still like them and wear them. I’ve always worn my wedding ring-without question. When I was single I used to wear a lot of silver jewelry and then after I got married I wanted to wear gold. I read through a great deal of these posts and it really comes down to personal choice. However you feel about wearing or not wearing jewelry is really up to you. Trust me- there is enough judgement out there and whether you want it or not you will experience both the negative and positive.
A few years ago.. when I was 43 got a center lip piercing (labret) I wanted it so bad that I just decided to get it and then when I did- I was so self conscious over it–I took it out. I thought people would think I’m weird. I say do what you want. I’ve been thinking about getting another facial piercing and I’ve got a couple of tattoos that are on my wrist and no regrets there. I’m finally starting to get to the point where I just want to be comfortable in my own skin and do what makes me happy. Thanks for the chance to give my opinion. Nicely written article and site. Bookmarked. Have a great day!

179 Taylor November 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

Great info! What is standard protocol for signet rings/family crest rings? What are your thoughts?

180 Evan S. November 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

An excellent article…As a young man, I wear a small silver valkot pendant tucked awayI generally wear a hand-tied paracord bracelet with a firesteel fob. I also wear a thin silver bracelet with “Remember Your Oath” engraved in it…a custom piece. I also wear a black bear claw when dressed more casually…I like to show my affinity for the woods without wearing outdoor clothing.

181 Andrew November 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

If you are going totally counterculture or ethnic look that’s fine. But if you are going for respectable and class as a heterosexual man, you really have to keep it to a wedding ring, class/heirloom ring, a *simple* timeless watch (I like grosgrain bands), and occassional tie pin or cufflinks (I like gold or silk knots, or monogramed gold heirloom studs). I’m sorry, but the pics on this site are very “downmarket”. Go back to the 1980 Preppy Handbook if you want to give upper class signals. Nothings changed much.

182 Andrew November 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm

P.S. Ethnic is ok if only you are that ethnicity, and it’s tastefully done with no synthetic material and limited to a ring, cufflinks or tie pin, etc. Celtic is very risky unless it’s done right. Western you better be a rancher or oil baron.

183 James November 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Interesting article, though I slightly disagree on a couple of points.

I actually wear a leather Celtic bracelet most of the time, except when in business or formal dress. Though maybe that falls into the “ethnic or tribal” category?

Also I’ve never seen a problem with a man wearing a non-wedding band ring, whether a class ring, heirloom, or a simple fashion ring. As long as it’s not too gawdy.

184 Dante December 4, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I’m a guy who has about 5 different gold chains (not large honky ones like what rappers wear, just classy ones that aren’t ridiculously flashy), a couple gold crosses, a gold bracelet, and a few gold watches. I absolutely love gold because I think it looks nice on tanned skin and not so tanned skin (I get very tanned in the summer time but lose my tan relatively quickly).

I’ve met some people who think that guys who wear any type of jewelry (disregarding wedding bands), are gay. I don’t see how jewelry on a guy can scream a definite sexual orientation.

I think it’s all about how you wear your jewelry which defines what type of man you are. You need to make sure you don’t look absolutely ridiculous like 2 Chainz. But you also don’t want it to look out of place. Only some types of men can pull off some types of jewelry (earrings come to mind).

But, at the end of the day, if you’re proud of how you look and that’s how you want to portray yourself, by all means let nothing stand in your way.

Dante

185 zorba December 31, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Interesting. As a male who wears jewelry on a daily basis, I’d never consider limiting myself to the guidelines of this article.

“… as a sign of rebellion….” Although I don’t particularly consider myself a “rebel”, I find it fascinating that many people consider being one to be a bad thing. Whatever – I don’t make decisions for others, and I don’t let others make decisions for me! Must be the submissive Christian culture that considers “Rebellion” to be a bad thing – I do not. Nor do I believe in “blending in” – what a waste!

186 Lee January 5, 2014 at 10:36 am

Dante,

“I don’t see how jewelry on a guy can scream a definite sexual orientation”

Its more that too much can look a bit like Liberace ;-) and even if you don’t look like a walking chandelier there is the possibility of appearing “metrosexual” (which is never a good look), or worse, “costume”!

Keep it simple, and don’t wear (coats of) arms unless you have earned them.

187 perry schneider January 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

no one has mentioned an ID bracelett i wear one my father gave me on my right wrist with a simple silver chain

188 Steve January 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

I’m a watch guy. I have about 8 watches (TAG Heuer, Movado, Bulova) that I rotate depending on what I’m wearing or the occasion. I also wear 2 rings — wedding band and my custom made Air Force ring. I don’t wear necklaces or bracelets. All of my pieces are conservative and not flashy. The TAG was a gift I bought myself when I graduated college. It’s my most expensive watch, however, I get more compliments when I wear my black Movado sport watch.

189 Gil January 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

I enjoy weaing my bracelets, necklaces, etc. If someone has a problem with it, tough. As Zorba said above, I agree. I’m not in the habit of deciding or dictating what others wear or do and i appreciate the same in return.

190 JJ January 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

I’m a newly retired 60 year old guy, happily married with two grown children. After being conservative (to a fault) all of my life, last week I pierced my left ear. Any comments out there? It’s something I’ve really wanted for a long time but was reluctant to do because of work/church/family.

191 MacTex March 10, 2014 at 4:54 am

A man should wear whatever jewelry he is comfortable with. There are many reasons to wear jewelry: organizations; tradition (marriage, engagement, college); to provide info (claddagh rings, wed bands, med bracelets); bond money (what is more easily converted to cash than precious metals; stones, not so much tho’ most bail bonds man will accept them as collateral); and finally, personal expression. A man, or woman for that matter, is only limited by himself – he can wear whatever he is comfortable with, whatever he can carry off. It is all a matter of personal expression. Well written article – thank you.

192 Don March 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I am a jewelry man. I have 3 skull rings. They are not cheap mall stuff either, but custom and handmade from respectable jewelry makers. I have a bracelet , Im a huge watch guy and also write watch reviews and help run a watch forum, and I have a silver necklace as well. All my jewelry is silver, and the rings in particular are in your face so to speak. Im comfortable with it, and thats all that matters.

193 ES March 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Really the only pieces of jewelry I wear is my grandfathers single diamond custom made gold ring. And my grandfathers silverwatch with a gold band surround the glass part were the hands are it also has a silver band for the wrist that has two small strips of gold circling each side. It’s a nice watch but Its not like over the top or anything.

194 ES March 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Forgot to mention I also have a old simple gold pocketwatch that I sometime wear instead of my wrist watch.

195 Paul March 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I wear my two tone (gold and silver tone) stainless steel watch my parents bought me, onyx and yg ring that my mom bought my dad back in 1989 (he has since given it to me) on my right ring finger, blue, star sapphire in yg I bought myself on my left ring finger (yes, I’m single haha), and yg box chain bracelet my mom gave me that was hers. The two pieces my parents passed on to me are my good luck charms. The other two, I like wearing, as I always wear a watch. For weddings I’ll wear one of my tie clips and cufflinks, and once in a blue moon I’ll put on a chain. But usually I wear four pieces and that’s it. I don’t judge others, and if they want to judge me, so be it, I don’t need them in my life!

I’m 21.

196 spike April 4, 2014 at 1:07 am

Great article and post. The comments are handy too. Yet I still have a question about male jewelry…well two. First, I have a 18K yellow gold wedding band but I’ve switched careers from office attire to…blue collar welding. I’m in gloves all day and often need to have my ring off to get a proper grip. Is it proper still in this setting to wear a necklace to bear the ring while working. Second does that necklace need to be 18K as my wedding band should I wear it out of work with my wedding band on my finger. I ask because one the price difference between the two is early 75% and my Submariner is 18K and Stainless and I’d like not to cause a clash or been seen as tacky or trying too hard. Thank you for the help.

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