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5 JEWELRY RULES FOR MEN
The jewelry you wear as a man says a lot about your character, so you should be ultra-cautious about your choices. To help you out, here are rules you should observe as a man to ensure that you don’t give the wrong impression:
Keep it simple
The first and most crucial rule is to keep things simple. This calls for you to put down those five gold chains and piled bracelets you can’t avoid. You don’t want your jewelry to overshadow and detract from the rest of your ensemble. Leather bracelets, slender chain necklaces, and little rings are ideal, but this isn’t to say you can’t experiment with more intriguing pieces, such as jewels or geometric shapes. Use common sense, and if you start feeling like you are going overboard, back off a notch. Each accessory you choose including a Moissanite jewelry should enhance your overall look. An important factor to pay attention to is the type of outfit you are wearing. Earrings, for example, are unacceptable when wearing a suit, but if you’re at a football game with the boys wearing your favorite team’s jersey, go ahead and wear them.
Match the metals
When wearing many pieces of metal jewelry, a good rule of thumb is to match them. Fortunately, most male jewelry is made of two metals: yellow gold and silver, so you won’t have too many things to consider. Gold is a warmer color that, predictably, reads as a yellow accent on the color wheel. It looks great with browns, other earth tones, and rich colors like royal blue or hunter green. Watch for different tones if you’re buying many pieces of gold jewelry. This is because gold comes in a wide range of darkness/lightness; if the difference is dramatic, you might end up with pieces that don’t match. Silver and silver-tone metals, such as polished stainless steel or chrome, are considered neutral. They read as grays, falling on the black-to-white gradient rather than the color wheel. This means they won’t clash with anything but won’t create the same eye-catching contrasts as well-worn gold. You can wear silver jewelry with black or dark gray clothing for a sleek, classic style. You can also wear it with lighter colors in the summer without overwhelming your apparel’s soft colors. If you are looking to wear precious stones, do so sparingly. This is because the stones are like purses: no matter how egalitarian you make them, they’re still considered feminine by most people. The maximum you should go is one color of stone on a ring or one color of ear stud. Anything above that is overbearing or just plain tacky. For a great look, only wear one metal tone at a time in your clothing.
Go for proportion
It’s possible to wear multiple jewelry pieces without looking like a human chandelier. It’s all about balance. Unbalanced jewelry is a close relative of over-accessorizing in that it draws too much attention to one side/part of your body. And you don’t want this, do you? Many men tend to layer two or three necklaces on top of one another. This is wrong as it throws off the style since the eye is drawn to the jewelry rather than the attire. Stacking them, however, crowds the neckline, giving you a turtleneck that doesn’t look good. Avoid wearing thick bracelets on the other wrist if you prefer smaller timepieces. This is because it will make you appear unbalanced and uneven, drawing attention away from your overall appearance. The crucial thing is to keep all accessories in a state of equilibrium. For the best look, stick to two objects, including your watch, per wrist. Rings are limited to two per hand. You can quickly lose balance when mixing different metals. To stay safe, try to keep them as consistent as possible. Highlight the dominant metal with your other accessories if you wear a two-toned bracelet watch. You don’t want your jewelry to overpower you, so always choose pieces proportionate to your body. Remember, bulkier bracelets will accomplish nothing for your little wrists, and wearing large rings will bring attention to your odd little fingers. When in doubt, go for modest elements that don’t weigh you down or overpower your outfit.
Pay attention to your skin tone
We have undertones in our skin that complement particular metals and materials. Trying on pieces will help you pick which metal looks best on you. To determine your skin tone, use the following guidelines: Examine your skin in natural light and locate an area where veins are visible (your wrist is generally a good choice).
- Blue or purple veins indicate a cool skin tone.
- Green veins indicate a warm skin tone.
- Blue, green, and purple veins = neutral skin tone
Once you’ve identified whether you have warm or cold undertones, matching the right metal to your skin is simple.
- Light metals, such as white gold, platinum, or silver, look best on cool skin tones.
- Warm skin tones complement yellow metals such as gold, rose gold, and brass.
- White and yellow metals are ideal for neutral skin tones
Men are supposed to be confident, and it’s okay to stretch your boundaries as a man of style. Many men avoid wearing jewelry because they lack confidence in it. That’s okay. It only takes a little practice, but how? The best way to do it is to visit a jeweler or department store in your area and try the available clothes and jewelry pieces. Doing so will make you accustomed to how you appear in the pieces. Thankfully, many jewelers’ salespeople are exceptionally knowledgeable about their merchandise; hence, they will guide you on the right ones. It is often a pleasurable experience, so don’t be afraid of it. You should begin with clean and crisp pieces if you are just getting started. If you start trying on intricate rings and bracelets, you may become overwhelmed and turned off. Keep it simple at first, and then (maybe) go to more sophisticated units once you are comfortable wearing the jewelry.