Much to our delight, the best men’s jewelry has been evolving. Husbands, boyfriends, friends, fathers, sons have so much more to pick from than a chain necklace or a leather wrap bracelet—and even those have gotten better if that’s still your fancy. Think stones, color, mixed materials, and sometimes a bit of sparkle for the more daring of the lot.
The men’s jewelry renaissance has gained steam of late thanks to the sartorial pursuits of style icons like Harry Styles, A$AP Rocky, and Daniel Kaluuya. These heavy hitters have helped push the modernization of men’s jewelry and the embracing of styles and materials sometimes thought of as for women only. Then there are some big names in the jewelry world that have expanded their reach to the men’s market. Evan Yurman (son of David Yurman) has spent years perfecting the brand’s approach to the men’s side. Tiffany & Co. launched a dedicated men’s jewelry line of go-to elevated basics just less than two years ago. Foundrae adapted some of its existing jewelry to a more gender-neutral space, and Mikimoto partnered with Comme des Garçons to add the perfect amount of edge to heritage pearls.
Below, our guide to the best men’s jewelry brands—some old, some new, and all worthy of gifting.
This English brand focuses on elevated essentials that have a low impact on the environment. Pieces are designed to transcend trends and be wearable year in and year out.
Luis Morais considers fine materials with a twist of fun to be the ultimate luxury. The Miami-based jewelry line incorporates color with precious stones and materials for statement-making pieces.
Scosha Woolridge embraces color and wanderlust in her Brooklyn-designed jewelry pieces. This is jewelry that looks just as good layered as it does all by itself.
French jewelry brand Le Gramme is refined in its simplicity. Founded by Erwan Le Louër, an industrial designer by trade, Le Louër used his detail-oriented obsessions to fuel his pared-back designs.
Beth Bugdaycay’s Foundrae is wildly popular in women’s jewelry but she has recently expanded her approach to design and styling of her pieces to appeal to men. The element chains are vivid, with colorful links made of stones like lapis and carnelian, and all of her medallions are meaningful and buildable.
Brooklyn-based Martine Ali is a go-to for silver jewelry. Ali hand-makes all pieces in the studio.
Swedish brand All Blues nails basics in silver and gold.
London jeweler Bleue Burnham explores the connection between stones and nature, creating more whimsical pieces that have a found quality to them.
A contemporary jewelry brand from London that has one foot in androgyny and another in iconography, the brand isn’t afraid of incorporating diamonds, colored stones, or pearls into its designs.
Houston-born Will Shott hit the jewelry game big-time when many in the music industry started to wear his Jesus necklace. His next iteration is less religious but just as loved, pairing pearls with colorful and metallic beads.
By adding refined details to classics—like this woven leather bracelet with silver clasp—Michael Saiger’s Miansai brand is full of modernized men’s essentials.
A mainstay in the men’s jewelry genre, the sibling-duo-designed and CFDA Award–winning Giles & Brother focuses on metals rather than stones (although there are a few colored beads and threads here and there). The pieces are substantial without being overbearing.
Piercing mogul Maria Tash makes jewelry for any adornment regardless of gender. A must for a curated ear—minimal or maximal.
Much more than the Love bracelet and ring, Cartier’s offerings include refined chain-necklace-and-bracelet options as well as various other cuffs that work just as well for men as women.
Israeli-born Los Angeles–based Eli Halili’s collection is grounded in yellow gold with rustic qualities: ancient Greek coins, tumbled stones, and warm-hued leather strands.
A perfect combination of two Japanese powerhouse brands, Mikimoto and Comme des Garçons have created a fabulous alternative to the classic pearl necklace. The selection has silver chains, safety pins, shark-tooth-like details, and more. Mikimoto’s pearl-and-silver earrings are not part of the collaboration but equally as modern.
George Root’s New York–based brand is a fusion of his Japanese and American heritage. His men’s pieces are representative of that duality.
Stylist-favorite Panconesi transcends gender with his colorful and gravity-defying pieces. There is a breadth of work that runs from the simplest to the most outlandish of options for all.
French jewelry brand Objet A is known for its colorful beaded strands that are surprisingly delicate without feeling too feminine—but perfectly okay to be borrowed by a lady friend.
This London brand was first borne out of the unlikely inspiration of Dante’s Inferno. The perfect gold-and-pearl necklaces that are likely loved by most of the women you know are now a great addition for men too.
Remiss not to be mentioned, Chrome Hearts is the favorite of many stylish men (think Virgil Abloh, who is such a fan he’s done collaborations and pop-ups with the brand). The quintessential fleur de lis in heavy metals is a brand icon, but there are also many colorful gemstones and classic chains to be had here as well.
Hard not to have heard of the contemporary jewelry brand from Canada that has exploded of late. Its foray into men’s jewelry is very much an essential and well-priced-essentials approach.
New York–based M Jewelers has elevated basics for men and a handful of eye-catching collaborations with solid names. Their collections with Greg Yuna and Alexander Roth give pops of color and sparkle to an otherwise mostly metal line.
Since designing his first collection just shy of graduation at Central Saint Martins, London-based Alan Crocetti has utilized organic, flowing lines in his pieces.
California jewelry line Hoorsenbuhs is known for its perfection of chains. Its open-link style adapts to gold and silver in big and small pieces alike.
Legier’s jewelry looks to provide an organic balance of opposites in clean pieces reminiscent of midcentury design. The common thread between all items is the use of colored stones.
Another stellar pearl option in the men’s space. Los Angeles–based Presley Oldham has noted how it’s impossible to not feel more elevated—regardless of the situation—in a piece of pearl jewelry.
David Yurman’s son, Evan Yurman, has been moving the needle for years on the men’s business. It’s a solid option for signet rings, chain necklaces, and pops of color from a classic American brand.
Tiffany & Co. has offered men’s jewelry for decades (more than a century perhaps) with money clips and cuff links, but the 1837 Makers collection is the first in some time dedicated to men. It is a sophisticated capsule wardrobe for all metal men’s jewelry. Tiffany collaborated with Dover Street Market to create some pieces in a more worn aesthetic that they call “tumbled.”
Brooklyn-based designer Bernard James has been making jewelry for over a decade with a continued eye for quality and detail. From delicately faceted rings to elegant flower-adorned chains, Bernard James has something for everyone.