Much to our delight, men’s jewellery has been evolving. Husbands, boyfriends, friends, fathers, sons have so much more to pick from than a chain necklace or a leather wrap bracelet. And even those have gotten better if that’s still your fancy. Think stones, colour, mixed materials, and sometimes a bit of sparkle for men who love a bit of bling.
The men’s jewellery renaissance has gained steam of late, thanks to the sartorial pursuits of style icons like Harry Styles, A$AP Rocky, and Daniel Kaluuya. Leslie Odom Jr showed us the impact of one statement jewel—a Cartier panthère ring—at this year’s Oscars. These heavy hitters have helped push the modernisation of men’s jewellery. They’ve also embraced styles and materials sometimes thought of as for women only.
Then there are some big names in the jewellery world that have expanded their reach to the men’s market. Evan Yurman (son of David Yurman) has spent years perfecting the brand’s approach to the men’s side. Tiffany & Co. launched a dedicated men’s jewellery line of go-to elevated basics just less than two years ago.
Below, our guide to the best men’s jewellery brands—some old, some new, and all worthy of gifting.
This English brand focuses on elevated essentials that have a low impact on the environment. Pieces are designed to transcend trends and be wearable year in and year out.
Luis Morais considers fine materials with a twist of fun to be the ultimate luxury. The Miami-based jewellery line incorporates colour with precious stones and materials for statement-making pieces.
Scosha Woolridge embraces colour and wanderlust in her Brooklyn-designed jewellery pieces. This is jewellery that looks just as good layered as it does all by itself.
French jewellery brand Le Gramme is refined in its simplicity. Founded by Erwan Le Louër, an industrial designer by trade, Le Louër used his detail-oriented obsessions to fuel his pared-back designs.
Beth Bugdaycay’s Foundrae is wildly popular in women’s jewellery but she has recently expanded her approach to design and styling of her pieces to appeal to men. The element chains are vivid, with colourful links made of stones like lapis and carnelian, and all of her medallions are meaningful and buildable.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. has offered men’s jewellery for decades (more than a century perhaps) with money clips and cuff links, but the 1837 Makers collection is the first in some time dedicated to men. It is a sophisticated capsule wardrobe for all metal men’s jewellery. Tiffany collaborated with Dover Street Market to create some pieces in a more worn aesthetic that they call “tumbled.”
Much more than the Love bracelet and ring, Cartier’s offerings include refined chain-necklace-and-bracelet options as well as various other cuffs that work just as well for men as women.
It’s hard to find anyone who’s not a fan of Hermès. In addition to silk and leather, the French maison also nailed the jewellery game for both men and women, often combining beautifully crafted silver or gold with a creative touch.
A contemporary jewellery brand from London that has one foot in androgyny and another in iconography, the brand isn’t afraid of incorporating diamonds, coloured stones, or pearls into its designs.
Houston-born Will Shott hit the jewellery game big-time when many in the music industry started to wear his Jesus necklace. His next iteration is less religious but just as loved, pairing pearls with colourful and metallic beads.
By adding refined details to classics—like this woven leather bracelet with silver clasp—Michael Saiger’s Miansai brand is full of modernised men’s essentials.
Giles & Brother
A mainstay in the men’s jewellery genre, the sibling-duo-designed and CFDA Award–winning Giles & Brother focuses on metals rather than stones (although there are a few coloured beads and threads here and there). The pieces are substantial without being overbearing.
Piercing mogul Maria Tash makes jewellery for any adornment regardless of gender. A must for a curated ear—minimal or maximal.
Swedish brand All Blues nails basics in silver and gold.
A perfect combination of two Japanese powerhouse brands, Mikimoto and Comme des Garçons have created a fabulous alternative to the classic pearl necklace. The selection has silver chains, safety pins, shark-tooth-like details, and more. Mikimoto’s pearl-and-silver earrings are not part of the collaboration but equally as modern.
George Root’s New York–based brand is a fusion of his Japanese and American heritage. His men’s pieces are representative of that duality.
French jewelry brand Objet A is known for its colorful beaded strands that are surprisingly delicate without feeling too feminine—but perfectly okay to be borrowed by a lady friend.
Hard not to have heard of the contemporary jewellery brand from Canada that has exploded of late. Its foray into men’s jewellery is very much an essential and well-priced-essentials approach.
New York–based M Jewelers has elevated basics for men and a handful of eye-catching collaborations with solid names. Their collections with Greg Yuna and Alexander Roth give pops of colour and sparkle to an otherwise mostly metal line.
California jewellery line Hoorsenbuhs is known for its perfection of chains. Its open-link style adapts to gold and silver in big and small pieces alike.
Legier’s jewellery looks to provide an organic balance of opposites in clean pieces reminiscent of mid-century design. The common thread between all items is the use of coloured stones.
David Yurman’s son, Evan Yurman, has been moving the needle for years on the men’s business. It’s a solid option for signet rings, chain necklaces, and pops of colour from a classic American brand.
Brooklyn-based Martine Ali is a go-to for silver jewellery. Ali hand-makes all pieces in the studio.