Should Gentlemen Wear Jewelry?
“It is a rare CEO or hedge-fund tycoon who doesn’t wear a
His publication is the first to be dedicated to this otherwise neglected subject.
Historically, men of power have always draped themselves with finery – picture an Egyptian Pharaoh covered in precious metals and minerals, a 20th-century Indian Maharaja heavy with Cartier diamonds or Henry VIII as painted by Hans Holbein the Younger, complete with a medallion and rings full of gemstones.
Ring by Gemfields
Though Sherwood uses royals as his starting point, he nods to “young tastemakers” including Pharrell Williams, David Beckham, Jared Leto and Alexander Skarsgård, whose appearances wearing diamond studs and lapel pins on the red carpet have stylishly reinvented what it means to be a man in jewels.
“Men are getting bolder and there’s a new level of peacockery that’s rather satisfying,” says Theo Fennell, who established his
It is a man with a certain chutzpah who might be attracted to Fennell’s vibrant
Ring by Wright & Teague
For a more cautious gentleman, Wright & Teague may be the answer. The husband-wife duo now based in London’s Spitalfields are sparing with gemstones, preferring to work their metal into unusual shapes, and using texture and lyrical inscription to create their distinctive pieces.
Sherwood notes that Julius Caesar, Pope Paul II, Emperor Napoleon I and JP Morgan “all amassed famous collections of carved gemstone rings”. His delightful collection of modern-day sparkles may just entice a self-declared ‘gentleman’ to do the same.
Above: dress set made in the Fabergé tradition by Theo Fennell
‘Jewelry for Gentlemen’ (£25.95, Thames & Hudson) is out on 30 August.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.co.uk.
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