Since working in the luxury jewelry industry, I’ve discovered a new love of style expression through earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and anklets. I know most men prefer a watch or maybe a leather bracelet in the summer, but more and more guys I know are open to and experimenting with jewelry. BOF reported in 2014 that sales of men’s accessories reached $13.6 billion, and that every brand is looking to grow the category. You can see that the breadth of offering at retailers like Barneys and Bergdorf has increased, and the rise of the number of men’s jewelry brands has expanded as well.
No piece of jewelry, for men and women, has reached icon status like the Cartier Love Bracelet. Why the explosive growth? 1) There is a “meaningful” and branded story to the piece, signifying love and a gift of love, 2) It has a screw mechanism that “locks” the bracelet to the wearer, 3) It comes in yellow, rose, white gold and platinum, along with a wide variety of diamond options, 4) It comes from Cartier and the price reflects it.
Admittedly, even I am drawn by the Love Bracelet, but my wrist has yet to bear the name because: 1) No lover has gifted it to me, 2) It is expensive and not a self-gifting kind of piece. For those that are in the same boat, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite alternatives to the Cartier Love, until you reach love status.
I love the understated and discreet nature of this Maison Margiela Engraved Gold Cuff, available here. It is branded in its numerical signature.
I have always loved Bottega Veneta jewelry. The Intrecciato Oxidized Sterling Silver Cuff is available here
Miansai started off with leather bracelets and their signature anchors but has pushed their designs. The Modern Screw Cuff in Noir is a different interpretation of their screw cuff.