Buying Jewellery For Men: Top Tips

When it comes to buying jewellery we all automatically assume it is just the poor men out there who have to face hours upon end of traipsing through shops, conducting research and praying that you made the right choice but what about us women? Shouldn’t we be shopping for the men in our lives too?

Naturally we consider jewellery as predominantly feminine and although many men have dabbled a little here and there with an earring or a bracelet; it is only recently that they have begun to embrace jewellery to its fullest extent. From small local jewellers, to high street stores and big named designers; there is now just as much quality jewellery available for men as there is women!

What was once a symbol of effeminate style is now open to the truly masculine. Whether in the form of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet, today’s jewellery can further a man’s style status. With that in mind there is no reason why more women should not be embracing what is on offer and showering men with the right accessories.

Having brought female friends and family and of course yourself the perfect items of jewellery, knowing where to even begin when shopping for that special man in your life can be a little overwhelming. Men’s jewellery shopping however doesn’t need to be as difficult as it might look; with the right knowledge and a little know how there is no reason why you cannot by the perfect gift.

Whether for a birthday, special event or even for your wedding, the below are a few of the crucial points to consider before you begin…

Lifestyle- One of the crucial points to consider is that men aren’t anywhere near as careful as women. In fact men are quite the opposite and are far more likely to be involved in rough handling, manual labour and general sports and activity. As a result it is important to consider whether or not you are choosing the right material. Is the jewellery likely to get scuffed, scratched and even damaged quite quickly? If that is the case then why not opt for titanium/steel settings? This is a particularly popular option for wedding bands.

Know what he Wants- As with women’s jewellery, the options available for men really are endless so before beginning why not consider what he wants or would prefer? From small string bracelets to large leather cuffs, to necklaces and rings; there is a lot to choose from and if you aren’t sure what he would prefer then why not ask around? Speak to family members and/or friends to get an idea of what he might want, drop a few hints or perhaps consider any he might have dropped some to you? Buying jewellery is never easy so do a little research to give yourself the best chance possible.

Every day or not? – Whether a man or a woman, certain jewellery items can be difficult to pull off in the every day. Although women might have it a little easier by being able to wear our diamond earrings, rings and necklaces anywhere, men might not find it so easy, particularly if they are at the office. Whether it’s something so blingtastic that it would only look good on a trip to Vegas or something simple yet of real quality; consider whether it is something he could and would want to wear everyday or not. If he wants something for a special occasion or wants something he can wear anywhere and everywhere; knowing what he would prefer will help give you a nude in the right direction.

We know that jewellery shopping can have its worries and whether for the first time or fifth; venturing into this territory for the man in your life is never easy. Whether you are about to surprise him with something new for his collection or are about to introduce him to the world of men’s jewellery for the first time; do your research and arm yourself with the right knowledge to ensure that the adventure you set on is as easy as possible.

Exclusive Gold Jewellery Designs and Types

Jewellery making is believed to have started thousands of years ago in India. Hence, India has an exclusive collection of jewellery designs and styles. You can tell by the look of the design as to which category it belongs to. Every design is unique in its own way. Since this land was brimming with various precious metals and gems, they were put to effective use in the form of ornaments, decorating each part of the body. This was the main reason why foreigners came to India. Earlier kings and queens wore jewels to flaunt their wealth, prestige and power, but later on it became a symbol of financial security and investment.

Jewels have never lost their aesthetic appeal and value all along these years that they are considered as an artful expression comprising workmanship and design. Indian jewellery is designed from various raw materials including silver, gold, precious stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and semi-precious stones like turquoise, opal and so on. In India, you find wide array of jewels for humans and gods. Each part of the country has attributed to the emergence of various styles of jewels exclusive to that region. For instance, delicate filigree work made from silver is unique to Andra Pradesh and Orissa while meenakari work that incorporates enamel in jewels is unique to Jaipur. Delhi is famous for its Kundan jewellery made from semi precious and precious stones, Nagercoil for temple jewellery and so on.

Among the above discussed art forms, temple jewellery, meenakari jewellery and antique jewellery have a huge fan following not only in India but also in abroad. Temple jewellery is often linked to dancers performing classical dance like Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam. These designs are elaborate and are studded with semi-precious stones in green and red colors. The set comprises of earrings, necklaces, anklets, and pieces beautifying the feet, hip, hair and hair plaits. Antique jewellery designs are in great demand these days. They are often modern versions of jewel forms most often made from silver and gold but with a dull appearance. Kundan and Meenakari gold jewellery items are seen to have the influence of the Moghul rulers and craftsmen. These jewels are famous among people belonging to the northern part of India. They incorporate enamel painting and include precious stones. This type of jewellery design suits more for making necklaces and chokers and this art form includes motifs of plants, flowers, vines and even animals.

Jewellery Shopping For Men And Women: Which Is Easier?

Jewellery is an undeniably fantastic part of anyone’s wardrobe. Whether male or female; from earrings to bracelets to necklaces and rings; there is an endless plethora of options available that can finish of any outfit, make the perfect gift and even commemorate a special occasion. It was however, never always like this as women once dominated the industry that men have seemingly only recently put a stamp on.

The jewellery industry was always about women; from the engagement rings they wore to their earrings, necklaces and bracelets the options were and still are endless. Not just an accessory and an accompaniment to an outfit; for women jewellery has always been a necessity with many going so far as to say they feel ‘naked’ without it. For men however, jewellery was limited to watches, cufflinks and of course wedding rings but recently, as the industry has grown there is now just as much on offer.

Having said that; with both parties equally dominating the jewellery market and the sheer quantity of jewellery on offer it is actually now more than ever difficult to pick which one is easier to shop for. If anything whether you are shopping for jewellery for a man or a woman, the task at hand is difficult and overwhelming to say the least.

Whether you’ve purchased them an item of jewellery many times of this is the first time for you both there is a lot to consider. From high street brands to designers to local specialist jewellers; where do you go? What do you need to know and most importantly, how can you ensure you get it right?

Although I can’t come shopping with you all (no matter how much I dream it!) what I can do is provide you with some of my most useful tips that can help you whilst shopping for jewellery.

  1. Consider Habits – Whether a diamond engagement ring, wedding band or necklace; is the man or woman you are buying jewellery for, likely to easily damage the more ‘daintier’ settings? Men in particular are not exactly known for being the softest and whether as a result of hard labour, general rough housing or perhaps playing sports; there are many who are far more prone to scratching and even completing damaging their jewellery. This is something that should particularly be considered when shopping for an engagement ring or wedding band as these are items that are worn every day. Many jewellers offer a range of titanium and steel rings that are virtually indestructible but speak to your jeweller and do some research to ensure that when you do purchase your ring, you won’t be back the following week for repairs!
  2. Shop Around – The worst part of shopping for jewellery is the endless traipsing around, can’t we just go for the first thing we see? Unfortunately if you want to buy something good than the answer is probably no. With so many options available there are, as expected an increasing number of retailers to purchase from. Browse your options; is it an experienced jeweller? A new designer or an existing designer? can they answer any questions you might have on the quality, setting and different types of jewellery? Can they make suggestions on buying options? Can they give you a nudge in the right direction and what is their collection like? As with all industries you will have your long running experts, your unique one of kind designers and unfortunately your you will have your cowboys too so shop around and to ensure you’re in the right hands.
  3. Research – You know that old saying “It’s only easy if you know the answer” well that can pretty much be applied to jewellery shopping; it’s only easy if you know what they want. No jewellery shopping adventure is difficult if you have the right knowledge but unless you have been lucky and been told exactly what they want, it might not be such a bad idea to do some research. Drop some hints if you see the particular style/item on a TV advert or magazine or take them out and ask their opinion on a gift your buying for your mom and dad (a pretence of course!) but whatever you do, don’t go in blind or you’ll be trapped!

Whether you want something small and cheap from your favourite high street store, something upscale from your designer brand of choice or are even shopping for your wedding jewellery; although we can say which is easier, whoever you shop for, the above tips will at least ensure that it’s a stress free experience!