Perhaps we have Johnny Depp and Keith Richards to thank—or even Morgan Freeman and his lone stud earring. These days, accessory options for the guys go far beyond the all-too-familiar watch and cufflink combo. “Men are embracing jewelry the way women have for years,” said VP and DMM of Men’s Footwear and Accessories, Melissa Gallagher.
Layered braided bracelets, symbolic pendants, and bold rings give the traditionally less-decorated of the genders a modern way to make a style statement in a way that “exhibits boldness and masculinity,” says Jane Baek, Buyer of Men’s Personal Furnishings and Fine Accessories. Men should look to invest in versatile and timeless pieces to wear day in and day out that “can be worn with a casual tee and jeans or a buttoned-up suit and tie,” Baek adds. And don’t be afraid to take a cue from the ladies and stack to create a style all your own.
For fall, an impressive number of Barneys’ most loved jewelers designed exclusive pieces for gents. Learn about the highlights of their collections below.
Designed with inspiration taken from knick knacks in Rachel Loren’s tool shed—think nuts, bolts, locks, and chains—these durable objects are meant to be worn for eternity, and only get better with age.
“Men’s jewelry needs to have context, intention, and practicality. We want guys to feel a familiarity—like this is hardware that they have already owned and worn before.”
Harris created his men’s collection six years ago and knew that there would be a market for it after he saw men shopping in the Barneys women’s jewelry department. Today, he sees women shopping for his men’s pieces and considers this a testament to the collection’s classic asethetic, which juxtaposes precious stones and diamonds with bold sterling silver.
Leave it to Péan to merge unexpected materials (dinosaur bone and meteorite, for example) in geometric works of art that evoke a worldly individualism.
“Many of the pieces in my HOMME Collection are one of a kind and designed around a rare piece of fossilized dinosaur bone, meteorite, or fossilized walrus ivory. As I am sketching, I envision the jewelry becoming a part of a man’s signature style.”
Robert Keith has been making unisex pieces since the very first tri-link ring he created in his Los Angeles studio. This season’s collection refers back to Hoorsenbuhs’s signature nautical influence and continues the line’s commitment to bold and uncompromising luxury.
“The collection has been designed for men since the very start, using the same organic process we use to design for women.”
Guys can wear gems, too. Suzanne Felsen artfully incorporates precious stones into chains and bracelets—for instance, pyrite and turquoise beads—paying attention to every degree of shine and detail.
“For guys, I try to sharpen my color palette to opaque gemstones in unusual blue, brown, rust, green, and grey tones—with just a touch of sparkle, in a rustic way. And I like to mix metals in my work, like antique finishes with rose and yellow gold accents. It looks understated but makes a statement.”
Catherine Zadeh creates bracelets with the idea that men don’t want to have to take their jewelry off—so objects are designed to be worn in the pool, the shower, and the ocean. These pieces exude a masculine sophistication.
“I design for a modern gentleman with a European sensibility. He is confident and sophisticated. He appreciates art and luxury, but he’s not pretentious. I design understated accent pieces for him, that complete his look without overwhelming it.”
The collection that started with one single bracelet in 2008 has evolved into a multitude of rugged and sleek hardware, including the line’s signature stackable bracelets. Michael Saiger hopes that his pieces will be conversation starters that allow the wearer to interact with the world.
“Designing for men, you have to make something that fits in with their everyday lifestyle, something that they can wear to work or on the weekends, and with any outfit.
It’s all about ease.”