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A Changing View of Jewellery for Men

December 31, 2010

Women may have valid gripes with fashion and its narrow definition of an acceptable body image. But they can’t say they don’t have choices. In terms of style, professional men have their own corset to wrestle with, one with mere millimetres of wiggle room for lapel size, collar length, tie width and cuff length, and a palette drab enough to make a sparrow feel pavonine by comparison.

In recent years, many men have found a silver lining in that gray suit by taking pride and joy in tweaking and upgrading their shirts, suits and shoes with improvements so fine as to be invisible to outsiders. Oddly, though, this head-to-toe transformation has broken down in the realm of jewellery, which seems largely unchanged since the 1990s, when the word “metrosexual” was still a twinkle in some ad man’s eye.

Sure, the Swiss watch industry has all but created a secondary auto industry making time machines comparable in price and intricacy to anything from Detroit. What’s surprising, though, is how hard it is to find simple, discreet jewelry. Most of Tiffany & Co.’s selection is so impeccably classic that it’s hard to get jazzed about. A handful of young jewellery designers, Philip Crangi foremost among them, makes cool things, but most of those pieces are more appropriate for a bar in Brooklyn than a Midtown office. And some sites, like, have such an exhaustive selection – money clips, diamond rings, lapis shirt studs, 14-karat gold blazer buttons and belt buckles – that it feels a bit like a wholesale market for the trade (though Tony Soprano would be in heaven).

See for yourself: Try to find a simple gold signet ring or a classic ID bracelet with just a divot of flair.

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