What with our Todd Reed trunk show this weekend, and an upsurge of requests for men’s bracelets, rings, and cuff links, we at the Squash Blossom have noticed a comeback in men’s jewelry. While women’s jewelry is still considerably more popular, the men of 2016 seem to be branching into jewelry as a way of expressing their style and individuality.
Michael O’Connor — television spokesperson, celebrity stylist, and image consultant — did a recent interview with The Jewelry Book magazine about today’s men and jewelry. Here is an excerpt:
“One of the most important things men need to realize is that jewelry is an accessory – the most beautiful, important accessory, but still an accessory – socks, belt, tie, pocket square. Like any of these items, the wearing of jewelry is an extension of who they are as a person and provides and opportunity to express their individuality.
Throughout history men have always worn fine jewelry. In the early 1900s, for example, well-dressed gentlemen always had cuff links. If they were wealthy enough to own a tuxedo, they had a set of shirt studs. Clothing tended to be less varied; these small touches set them apart.
For centuries wearing jewelry has been historical important to men and a signifier of many things: wealth, status in life, whether married or single, clan, affiliation, brotherhood. In war, medals were jeweled, enameled, colorful. They exemplified very masculine ideas of bravery, camaraderie, and patriotism,
After the war, in the 1950s and 60s, jewelry took a horrible hit. Well-dressed gentlemen still wore cuff links, but in general jewelry fell by the wayside. We came across a generation or two who felt the wearing of jewelry was not really masculine enough for them. That
pendulum has swung back. Men of today have realized that the wearing of jewelry is as masculine as wearing any other accessory.”
Contemporary jewelry designers like Todd Reed are at the forefront of the men’s jewelry trend. Using fine metals and stones in stylish designs, these designers encourage men to express themselves with jewelry, as has been done for centuries.
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