A Guide To Men's Jewellery & Where To Get It From

GQ posted on 09 January

What Is It?

When it comes to men and jewellery, we think a little introspection goes a long way. Ask yourself: what’s your personality? And what do you do? Guys like Pharrell, Johnny Depp, Badshah or Li’l Wayne can wear just about any piece of gem and jewel, and pull it off in the wake of what they do. The word for the rest: discretion. We feel keeping it simple is the best way.

In a classic sense, when you say best jewellery for men, a fine timepiece is the most apt bit of bling for a man. The subtle glint of a tie bar, or a sparkle on the cuff links are the coolest jewels up your sleeves.

Off late, we are seeing a lot of designers and brands push in men’s jewellery – globally, from slick neck chains at Louis Vuitton to statement rings at Gucci. In India, many designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi and Rohit Bal often showcase jewellery as part of their menswear shows. At the recent Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights, top Indian menswear designers showcased their capsule menswear collections and we were pleased to see some very interesting jewellery ideas for men.

Tanya Vohra, Fashion Editor, GQ tells us what’s up:

Shantanu & Nikhil

The designer duo are noted for their new styles in the occasion wear segment, modern interpretations of traditional Indian wear, asymmetric and draped kurtas and sherwanis. They showed a collection inspired by Thar with an androgynous vibe at GQ Fashion Nights. And jewellery was worn similarly by men and women. Notable jewellery shown on men included silver neck pieces, anklets, septum rings, metal armbands and trinket brooches. And interestingly, with sharp silhouettes, it proved that men can easily carry off jewellery too, without looking feminine. In fact, the look was a blend of tribal tradition and neo-glocal street style. This kind of jewellery can be sourced from the Shantanu & Nikhil store itself or traditional jewellery shops in Rajasthan, or shopping streets like Janpath in Delhi and Colaba Causeway in Mumbai.

Clothing Stores

Ali Building, 72, Old Custom House Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Van Heusen Collections

For VH festive as well as Green shows – we used some bits of bling jewellery that complemented the sharp suits of the collections – pieces included Metal tie bars and jeweled brooches, and lapel pins. We think these are the easiest and safest way for men to pull off jewellery. The glint of a jewelled brooch would upgrade even the most basic of evening suits. These jeweled men’s accessories are available at many brands – for luxe jeweled brooches and rings, one can check out Gucci {where creative director Alessandro Michele has outed lorry loads of men’s jewellery}. In the high street segment, brands like Zara and H&M also offer men’s jewellery. Besides these, some interesting men-specific accessory brands to check out for tie bars and lapel pins include The Bro Code, Peora.

Boutiques

The Galleria, Hotel Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai

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Gaurav Gupta

GG showcased a very interesting take on bling and jewels for men. He is the master of novel ideas and conceptual design, mixed with an overall slick and sexy vibe. And he showcased some jewelled shoes and gloves for men – which looked super impactful, and cool to wear with sharp tailoring, without being impractical. I find it a superb way for men to add bling to a look.

Available at Gaurav Gupta boutiques in Mumbai and Delhi.

Clothing Stores

52-56, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

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Traditional Indian Jewellery

Be it jeweled kurta buttons, to Brooches on sherwanis; from Kalgis {or jeweled turban accentuating headpieces} to be-jewelled bracelets and neck pieces – men in India have always worn jewellery for dress up occasions like weddings and today there are lots of places to get great traditional jewellery to pair with sherwanis, bandhgalas and sundry Indian wear. One can head to designers like Sabyasachi and Tarun Tahiliani, as well as jewellery brands like Amrapali and Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, and the Nizam collection by ganjam are some fine spots to find exquisite pieces.

 

Accessories

Phoolwari Cottage, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir, Juhu, Mumbai

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