5 Essential Pieces of Men’s Jewelry and How to Wear Them


Men’s jewelry is essentially a style conundrum. In terms of flashiness and opulence, it’s not even close to women’s, but even when minimal, it’s rarely essential – save for a few pieces. On the other hand, beyond ties and pocket squares, items like bracelets and watches give your ensemble a new dimension and open up opportunities to show your personality just a little.

What's different between women's and men's jewelry?

Beyond the similar silhouettes, men’s jewelry is best summed up as this: Compared to women’s, it’s a totally different beast, with a whole new group of rules. 

As a baseline, avoid multiple accessories, and go for minimal over anything bedazzled. On top of this, realize that, aside from a couple of classics, that extra bracelet or earring might give others the idea that you’re too youthful and not serious, rather than being a focused, mature professional.


What are the rules of wearing men's jewelry?

As a starting spot, especially if you’ve never even worn a pair of cufflinks before, you’ve got to keep a few rules in mind.

One, match your metals: Specifically, never wear gold and silver together, and think about how the metal flatters everything else you’re wearing. With this in mind, gold comes off as bright and warm, copper looks orangey, and, for something neutral, chrome, silver, and stainless steel pretty much match everything.

So, with this as your foundation, where should you begin with men’s jewelry?


5 Essential Jewelry Pieces Every Man Should Own

1. Why Every Man Should Have A Stylish Watch (or Two)

With smartphones, wearing a watch isn’t as common as it used to be. But, the perfect timepiece can finish off your look with a bold dash of sophistication – assuming you have the right one, that is.

What You Need

The basic rules for watches are, have at least one affordable watch for everyday wear, and a second, dressier one for special occasions, such as weddings, work events, and anywhere else you need to project a professional, mature persona.

What’s the difference between an everyday and special occasion watch? It all comes down to size and materials.

Casual Watches

Larger is preferred for an everyday model, with a metal or leather band. Here’s your opportunity to add some detailing – but nothing larger than small rhinestones – and to try out an array of metallic shades – from burnished gunmetal to warm rose gold. Essentially, now’s the time to make a statement.

Special Occasion Watches

But, for special occasions, go in the opposite direction. A watch, here, is pragmatic and should be out of the way. As such, opt for a thinner band and smaller watch face, and keep the colors darker and muted.

For details, be as basic as you can get: Nothing more than Roman numerals for a mature finish. In these situations, don’t make the watch the center of attention; reserve it, instead, for your suit.

Top Picks: Watches for Guys 

Armitron Men's 20/1925GYBN Round Two-Tone Brown Leather Strap Watch
Nixon Women's Siren SS Digital Watch Gold White 36mm
ESQ Men's Sport Stainless Steel Analog-Quartz Watch with Leather-Pig-Skin Strap, Black, 24 (Model: 37ESQE13301A
Timex Waterbury TW2R88400 Men's Traditional Leather Strap 42mm Chronograph Watch
Armitron Men's 20/1925GYBN Round Two-Tone Brown Leather Strap Watch
Nixon Women's Siren SS Digital Watch Gold White 36mm
ESQ Men's Sport Stainless Steel Analog-Quartz Watch with Leather-Pig-Skin Strap, Black, 24 (Model: 37ESQE13301A
Timex Waterbury TW2R88400 Men's Traditional Leather Strap 42mm Chronograph Watch
$23.99
$124.95
from $151.30
$89.97
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Armitron Men's 20/1925GYBN Round Two-Tone Brown Leather Strap Watch
Armitron Men's 20/1925GYBN Round Two-Tone Brown Leather Strap Watch
$23.99
Nixon Women's Siren SS Digital Watch Gold White 36mm
Nixon Women's Siren SS Digital Watch Gold White 36mm
$124.95
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ESQ Men's Sport Stainless Steel Analog-Quartz Watch with Leather-Pig-Skin Strap, Black, 24 (Model: 37ESQE13301A
ESQ Men's Sport Stainless Steel Analog-Quartz Watch with Leather-Pig-Skin Strap, Black, 24 (Model: 37ESQE13301A
from $151.30
Timex Waterbury TW2R88400 Men's Traditional Leather Strap 42mm Chronograph Watch
Timex Waterbury TW2R88400 Men's Traditional Leather Strap 42mm Chronograph Watch
$89.97

2. How to Keep Bracelets and Necklaces Professional

With bracelets and necklaces on guys it should be either or, but never together – especially when you’re dressing for a semi-professional job. Alone, minimalism is the name of the game: Think nothing beyond a single or double leather strap, a metal cuff, or a thin metal chain.

Charms are totally off the table, as are bangles and pendants – unless you’re dressing for a night out or weekend casual.

Top Picks: Bracelets and Necklaces for Guys

Unique Royal Jewelry Solid 925 Twisted Black Antique Finish Sterling Silver and 14k Solid Gold 2-Ball Cuff Bracelet (Size 7.5)
Konstantino Men's Sterling Silver & Spinel Link Bracelet
Lifetime Jewelry 6mm Figaro Chain Gold Necklace for Men & Women with up to 20X More 24k Plating Than Other Necklace Chain + Free Lifetime Replacement Guaranteed - Very Durable 18" to 30" Chains
Sterling Lasso 925 Silver Necklace Men Chain - Made in Thailand – 28
Unique Royal Jewelry Solid 925 Twisted Black Antique Finish Sterling Silver and 14k Solid Gold 2-Ball Cuff Bracelet (Size 7.5)
Konstantino Men's Sterling Silver & Spinel Link Bracelet
Lifetime Jewelry 6mm Figaro Chain Gold Necklace for Men & Women with up to 20X More 24k Plating Than Other Necklace Chain + Free Lifetime Replacement Guaranteed - Very Durable 18" to 30" Chains
Sterling Lasso 925 Silver Necklace Men Chain - Made in Thailand – 28
$128.99
$675.00
from $51.00
$339.00
Unique Royal Jewelry Solid 925 Twisted Black Antique Finish Sterling Silver and 14k Solid Gold 2-Ball Cuff Bracelet (Size 7.5)
Unique Royal Jewelry Solid 925 Twisted Black Antique Finish Sterling Silver and 14k Solid Gold 2-Ball Cuff Bracelet (Size 7.5)
$128.99
Konstantino Men's Sterling Silver & Spinel Link Bracelet
Konstantino Men's Sterling Silver & Spinel Link Bracelet
$675.00
Lifetime Jewelry 6mm Figaro Chain Gold Necklace for Men & Women with up to 20X More 24k Plating Than Other Necklace Chain + Free Lifetime Replacement Guaranteed - Very Durable 18" to 30" Chains
Lifetime Jewelry 6mm Figaro Chain Gold Necklace for Men & Women with up to 20X More 24k Plating Than Other Necklace Chain + Free Lifetime Replacement Guaranteed - Very Durable 18" to 30" Chains
from $51.00
Sterling Lasso 925 Silver Necklace Men Chain - Made in Thailand – 28
Sterling Lasso 925 Silver Necklace Men Chain - Made in Thailand – 28
$339.00

3. Men's Rules for Wearing Rings

If you’re married, the wedding band rules haven’t changed: A single, solid-color or two-tone band, nothing ornate, on your ring finger.

However, outside of wedding bands, you’ve got more freedom, in terms of details, stones, metals, and size. Go large and chunky, find something textured, or have it center around a single stone. Whatever you do, keep it to one per hand.

Rings, much like necklaces and bracelets, are a context-based accessory. Dress codes around certain situations and environments – think traditional corporate workplaces and selective networking events – frown upon them, without outright specifying their exclusion.

For more creative workplaces and less-formal events, they’ll go unnoticed.

Top Picks: Rings for Guys 

Men's Nugget 10k Gold Ring"The Armour"
Mens Simulated Alexandrite Ring 14K Yellow Gold Band
Chimoda Mens Silver Ring with Black Onyx Stone in 925 Sterling Turkish Handmade Jewelry Men’s Rings
RYLOS Mens Ring Oval Shape Precious Gemstone & Genuine Sparkling Diamonds in Sterling Silver .925 With Satin Finish - 7X5MM Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Green Sapphire Color Stone
Men's Nugget 10k Gold Ring"The Armour"
Mens Simulated Alexandrite Ring 14K Yellow Gold Band
Chimoda Mens Silver Ring with Black Onyx Stone in 925 Sterling Turkish Handmade Jewelry Men’s Rings
RYLOS Mens Ring Oval Shape Precious Gemstone & Genuine Sparkling Diamonds in Sterling Silver .925 With Satin Finish - 7X5MM Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Green Sapphire Color Stone
from $299.99
$479.00
from $32.00
from $95.00
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Men's Nugget 10k Gold Ring"The Armour"
Men's Nugget 10k Gold Ring"The Armour"
from $299.99
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Mens Simulated Alexandrite Ring 14K Yellow Gold Band
Mens Simulated Alexandrite Ring 14K Yellow Gold Band
$479.00
Chimoda Mens Silver Ring with Black Onyx Stone in 925 Sterling Turkish Handmade Jewelry Men’s Rings
Chimoda Mens Silver Ring with Black Onyx Stone in 925 Sterling Turkish Handmade Jewelry Men’s Rings
from $32.00
RYLOS Mens Ring Oval Shape Precious Gemstone & Genuine Sparkling Diamonds in Sterling Silver .925 With Satin Finish - 7X5MM Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Green Sapphire Color Stone
RYLOS Mens Ring Oval Shape Precious Gemstone & Genuine Sparkling Diamonds in Sterling Silver .925 With Satin Finish - 7X5MM Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Green Sapphire Color Stone
from $95.00

4. Why Every Man Should Buy Cufflinks Today

Forget about quirky-patterned ties. Among all traditional pieces of men’s jewelry, cufflinks are the statement makers.

Of course, purely from a practical perspective, nothing’s flashy about them: You put them on whenever you wear a French cuff dress shirt or anything with double cuffs.

Yet, their small yet gleaming presence catches the eye, especially with a polished metal, stone inset, unique shape, or even a pattern. Bearing the utmost formal occasions, now’s the chance to have fun.

But, for the stodgiest black-tie events, always have a clean, smooth, smaller-size pair with no embellishments. Metals, here, too, should look traditional: Silver, gold, or platinum, rather than gunmetal.

Top Picks: Cufflinks for Guys

UHIBROS Mens Cuff Links Polished Finish Stainless Steel Luxury French Tuxedo Shirt Cufflinks for Men
Montblanc Sartorial Square Cufflinks 115061
Edward Mirell Black Titanium 925 Sterling Silver Cufflinks Man Cuff Link Fine Jewelry Gift For Dad Mens For Him
Montblanc Knot Cufflinks 110674
UHIBROS Mens Cuff Links Polished Finish Stainless Steel Luxury French Tuxedo Shirt Cufflinks for Men
Montblanc Sartorial Square Cufflinks 115061
Edward Mirell Black Titanium 925 Sterling Silver Cufflinks Man Cuff Link Fine Jewelry Gift For Dad Mens For Him
Montblanc Knot Cufflinks 110674
$9.99
$144.99
$174.95
$229.99
UHIBROS Mens Cuff Links Polished Finish Stainless Steel Luxury French Tuxedo Shirt Cufflinks for Men
UHIBROS Mens Cuff Links Polished Finish Stainless Steel Luxury French Tuxedo Shirt Cufflinks for Men
$9.99
Montblanc Sartorial Square Cufflinks 115061
Montblanc Sartorial Square Cufflinks 115061
$144.99
Edward Mirell Black Titanium 925 Sterling Silver Cufflinks Man Cuff Link Fine Jewelry Gift For Dad Mens For Him
Edward Mirell Black Titanium 925 Sterling Silver Cufflinks Man Cuff Link Fine Jewelry Gift For Dad Mens For Him
$174.95
Montblanc Knot Cufflinks 110674
Montblanc Knot Cufflinks 110674
$229.99

5. Men and Earrings: A Style Comeback?

Most might debate their essentialness – after all, how many of us actually wear earrings on a daily basis? Yet, beyond just a punk trend that fades away with adulthood, earrings have started gaining a foothold in the ecommerce world: Just look at ASOS’ or Topman’s men’s accessories selection, and you’ve got just as many options as cufflinks.

That said, earrings’ seemingly minimal appearances cover a wide range. Studs or rivets make a solid starting place and encompass plenty of small-scale geometric shapes.

A step up, anything dangling seems reminiscent of Christian Slater’s style in Gleaming the Cube. Hoops, on the other hand, conjure up less-flattering pop culture references – mainly, pirates and scheming fortune tellers.

To avoid this association, opt for a pair with a narrower width and smaller diameter.

Top Picks: Earrings for Guys

Ioka - 14K White Gold Round Solitaire Cubic Zirconia CZ Stud Screw Back Earrings - 0.5ct (5mm)
0.21-0.27 Cts of 2.50-3.00 mm AA Princess Black Diamond Mens Stud Earring in 14K White Gold
MCS Jewelry 14 Karat White Gold Men's Unisex Single Huggie Hoop Earring (Diameter: 13 mm)
Lex & Lu Sterling Silver & CZ Brilliant Embers Polished Skull Post Earrings-Prime
Ioka - 14K White Gold Round Solitaire Cubic Zirconia CZ Stud Screw Back Earrings - 0.5ct (5mm)
0.21-0.27 Cts of 2.50-3.00 mm AA Princess Black Diamond Mens Stud Earring in 14K White Gold
MCS Jewelry 14 Karat White Gold Men's Unisex Single Huggie Hoop Earring (Diameter: 13 mm)
Lex & Lu Sterling Silver & CZ Brilliant Embers Polished Skull Post Earrings-Prime
$38.99
$80.92
$73.88
$54.99
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Ioka - 14K White Gold Round Solitaire Cubic Zirconia CZ Stud Screw Back Earrings - 0.5ct (5mm)
Ioka - 14K White Gold Round Solitaire Cubic Zirconia CZ Stud Screw Back Earrings - 0.5ct (5mm)
$38.99
0.21-0.27 Cts of 2.50-3.00 mm AA Princess Black Diamond Mens Stud Earring in 14K White Gold
0.21-0.27 Cts of 2.50-3.00 mm AA Princess Black Diamond Mens Stud Earring in 14K White Gold
$80.92
MCS Jewelry 14 Karat White Gold Men's Unisex Single Huggie Hoop Earring (Diameter: 13 mm)
MCS Jewelry 14 Karat White Gold Men's Unisex Single Huggie Hoop Earring (Diameter: 13 mm)
$73.88
Lex & Lu Sterling Silver & CZ Brilliant Embers Polished Skull Post Earrings-Prime
Lex & Lu Sterling Silver & CZ Brilliant Embers Polished Skull Post Earrings-Prime
$54.99
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