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Things To Consider When Buying Jewelry For Your Man

Looking for some tips on how to buy some masculine jewelry for that boyfriend/hubby/special guy in your life?  Finding the right piece for him is not as easy as you wish it would be.  Hemming Plaza Jewelers is here with the 411 on what to look for when you are shopping for your man!

Find Something To Match His Body Type

Finding a “manly” enough piece for your guy can be tough.  If he is a burly lumberjack-type, he may not be comfortable sporting a dainty pendant or shiny ring.  Knowing the man you are trying to buy something for will go a long way in helping to figure out what they will and won’t wear.  

Appeal To His Style

Check out his personal style and find something that suits his tastes.  Does he like gold or silver?  Something around his neck, his wrist or his finger?  Odds of him liking and actually wearing what you get him increases dramatically if you try to align your picks with his subtle style cues.

Are Gemstones Right For Him

Choose your gemstone wisely.  If he has a job that requires a lot of physical labor or extended use of his hands in a tough environment, then maybe a jewel encrusted watch isn’t the right choice.

Size Matters

Chain length is crucial as well.  If you choose to go the necklace route instead of a watch or ring, be aware of your man’s neck and chest when you are choosing a chain for him.  Too long, and it can be a safety hazard, too short and it becomes a fashion faux pas.  Does he wear his collars open or buttoned up?  Ask yourself these things before you make your purchase.

If you need some help picking out a winner for your guy, then come see us in the shop at Hemming Plaza and we will be happy to help you find the perfect piece for your perfect guy!  

Men Are Becoming Jewelry Collectors

From the New York Times—When Tom Fitzgerald proposed to his boyfriend Jamie Holloway in March 2014, he unveiled a ring that was a far cry from the traditional diamond solitaire. The piece, created by the London jewelry designer Hannah Martin, is a modern interpretation of a signet ring, with an octagonal-cut sapphire surrounded by emeralds in white gold.

“Hannah was able to present our own version of an engagement ring,” said Mr. Holloway, a fashion public relations director. The couple, who now live in Los Angeles but who will marry in Somerset this August, will be among the first to take advantage of Britain’s recent legalization of same-sex marriage. And, as such, “we are making our own new traditions,” said Mr. Holloway, engagement ring and all.

Ms. Martin, who describes her collection as men’s jewelry that girlfriends want to steal, said orders for gay wedding and engagement rings are the fastest-growing sector of her business.

While she does not expect most men, gay or straight, to start sporting engagement rings any time soon, she has seen significant growth in the men’s jewelry category as a whole since establishing her business 10 years ago. “It’s become much more acceptable for the average man to use beauty products, wear jewelry and spend money on their appearance,” she said.

Statistics prove her point. There are no jewelry-specific studies but, according to Euromonitor, the global men’s wear market grew 4.5 percent last year, outpacing women’s at 3.7. And the research company predicts men’s wear sales will grow another $40 billion, to $480 billion, by 2019.

Stores are extending their men’s offerings accordingly, and that includes jewelry. Mr Porter, the male counterpart of the Net-a-Porter online store, has offered jewelry for several years, initially selling entry price point pieces from fashion houses including Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta. It has since expanded the category, in response to customer demand, to include fine jewelry from independent designers.

“Wearing jewelry made a specific statement not so long ago. But with time, it’s become more acceptable,” said Simon Spiteri, Mr Porter’s accessories buyer. “We’re seeing a lot of people wearing a bracelet with a Rolex watch and a three-piece suit. In fact, we’ve seen huge growth in bracelets across the board, from understated Le Gramme gold cuffs to something a little more flamboyant, like colorful beaded bracelets from Luis Morais.”

Mr. Spiteri added that the company planned to continue expanding its collection of what he described as “subtle, grown-up jewelry,” emphatically not the rock ’n’ roll or bling-laden male jewelry of yesteryear: “We are planning a lot more entry price point pieces for a younger market,” he said. “We’re also looking to increase our fine jewelry offering.”

Dickon Bowden, vice president of Dover Street Market, the high-concept fashion store with locations in London, New York and Tokyo, echoes the observations. “It’s becoming far more apparent that men are interested in purchasing jewelry from us,” he said.

The store, which last month became one of the few outlets selected to introduce the Apple Watch, offers an eclectic mix that ranges from the gothic-inspired jewels of Chrome Hearts to the clean lines of the Japanese brand HUM.

Mr. Bowden said that, of the patrons in the store’s three locations, Japanese men are the most daring: “In Japan, men are far more open to wearing jewelry than in London or New York.”

Stephen Webster, the London-based jeweler who introduced his first men’s collection, Rayman, 17 years ago, agreed that the Japanese market is large. And, in South Korea, “they’ll even buy jewelry we make for women. They are completely comfortable buying something, if they like it,” he added.

Russian men on the whole are conservative but, Mr. Webster noted, they are the biggest spenders among his clients, favoring his custom-made, bejeweled Russian crosses, which sell for as much as $50,000. “The men are so macho, but a flamboyant cross is acceptable,” he said. “And like all men, they love the bespoke service. It’s like choosing the finish of a new car.”

Different cultures

Notions about jewelry’s being effeminate still prevail among many in Europe and the United States. But in India, male appreciation for jewelry is nothing new: “If you see pictures from the past, the Mughals and maharajas wore more jewelry than the women did,” said Tarang Arora, chief executive and creative director of the Jaipur-based brand Amrapali.

Mr. Arora said men’s jewelry continues to do well in his home market as it is gaining traction elsewhere. The company recently added men’s pieces, including bracelets, rings and cufflinks, to its Dark Maharajah collection. At Harrods’ fine jewelry boutique in London, Amrapali’s largest market outside India, its men’s headpieces, cufflinks, bracelets and necklaces are displayed alongside women’s jewels.

Regardless of in-store locations, Mr. Webster believes that selling jewelry to men is about putting it into the context of their world. “You want to connect with the way they look at a watch,” he said, explaining that this love of mechanism and function was part of the inspiration for his new Ceramic Link bracelets, which come with detailed, interchangeable clasps inspired by classic cigar cutters.

Todd Reed, a Colorado-based designer, has experienced firsthand the growth in the men’s jewelry market. While he has always made men’s jewelry, last June he introduced a formal collection including dog tags, bracelets, rings and belt buckles that already has grown to account for 14 percent of his company’s total sales.

Mr. Reed said there is no typical male customer, a love of jewelry being less about someone’s age or particular style and more about an appreciation for design, whether it be for clothing, architecture or cars: “I have sold a $20,000 belt buckle to a 20-year-old kid and the same one to a 62-year-old executive out on the golf course.”

Mr. Bowden at Dover Street Market believes this eclecticism reflects men’s growing sartorial confidence and a wider shift to a more individualistic approach to fashion: “Things aren’t trend-driven so much these days. People are creating their own styles.”

Confidence is crucial, however, if you want to wear jewelry as a man, said the private London jeweler Harry Fane, who recently made his first men’s piece, a snake bracelet of carved horn with emerald eyes: “You have to have a bit of flair to carry it off.”

Even for a dedicated gem lover, it’s all about wearing the right jewelry on the right occasion. For example, Levi Higgs, who works for David Webb, the New York jewelry brand, has a collection of brooches. “I wear them regularly on a lapel to a museum event or party, but nowhere too casual,” he said. “I don’t want to overdo it.” And his most valuable, opulent piece, a large zebra brooch designed by his employer? “I’d only wear it if I wanted to make a larger statement.”

Mr. Spiteri hit a similarly cautious note during a discussion about the possibility of selling men’s necklaces on Mr Porter: “It’s more of a statement to wear a necklace. You can always hide a bracelet if needed.”

But Ms. Martin believes that the male psyche already has produced a change. Once a man becomes comfortable wearing jewelry, he becomes a loyal client, she said. “The male collecting syndrome kicks in — and jewelry becomes an extension of that.”