Men's Jewelry: Defining a Sense of Style

Design Idea LC28 Necklace

by Jessie, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Men's jewelry isn't a new concept by any means. Necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings have long been worn to express strength, wealth and personal tastes. Today, men continue to use these accessories to shape the definition of masculine style, whether that be sleek pieces to elevate crisp suits, comfortable designs built for everyday wear or avant-garde statement-makers.

Explore this selection of techniques and materials to help you design wow-worthy complements to modern menswear.

Chain:
Metal is highly favored in men's jewelry because of its stylistic versatility and rugged resistance to damage. Incorporating chain is an easy way to bring metallic appeal, texture and a visual break to your pieces. Higher-end metals like gold and sterling silver are timeless and can be a neutral base for embellishment. These classics are well suited for both special occasion jewelry and daily staples. For humid climates or customers needing jewelry with a bit more grit, we highly recommend stainless steel. This industrial metal is tarnish resistant and exceptionally durable.

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Gunmetal:
Another popular metal look is the moody, dark sheen of gunmetal. Because of its grey tones, gunmetal has become increasingly popular as accents in punk, military, goth and industrial-style pieces. Don't let these edgy aesthetics limit you; gunmetal can also be used to form sleek and sophisticated accessories ideal for business-casual and modern formal attire. For a similar look design with Hemalyke™. This manmade metallic-grey stone shines with a stormy mirror-like finish nearly indistinguishable from gunmetal.

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Gemstones:
Fresh with tradition, symbolism and earthen appeal, gemstones are an excellent material for all styles of men's jewelry. Hardy gemstones like quartz crystal and agate appear in a variety of hues making them popular for all-purpose designs. Howlite on the other hand is also seen in numerous shades but is much softer and better suited for special occasion designs. Other favorites for men's jewelry include obsidian, ruby, labradorite and turquoise. Our selection offers a wide spectrum of colors, shapes and hardness to cater to all of your customers.

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Kumihimo:
Use this ancient Japanese braiding technique to combine threads, chains, leather and more to form intricate and beautiful cords. Meditative qualities, beautiful simplicity and easy customization make kumihimo a great addition to any design. A braided look can provide a beautiful balance of bulk and soft detail.

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Leather and Leatherette Cord:
Leather is very durable, pliable, comfortable and a core element for many menswear styles. Create bolo ties, bracelets, rings and more for biker edge and Western-inspired looks. Use rivets, stamps and studs to embellish its soft surface, mold sheets into new shapes or weave strips into complex details. In many designs, leatherette can be used in place of leather as a cost-effective and animal-friendly alternative.

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Wood, Bone and Horn:
Get back to nature with styles inspired by the early ages of man. Wood, bone, horn and other natural-based materials cater to those who prefer traditional and eco-conscious fashion choices. Taiwanese cheesewood beads are refined from fast-growing cultivated trees and offer a lightweight feel and the timeless beauty of wood-grain. Bone is porous and can be easily dyed or embellished with hand-carved patterns, mantras or symbols for added personalization.

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