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Admittedly, there aren't a lot of men's jewelry departments in stores within the United States. Male jewelry-wearers are a niche, exotic lot that one pictures hailing from Italy or India, but that doesn't mean you don't belong in their ranks as well, at least in some small way.

Let's stick with the familiar for now: watches, wedding bands and cufflinks/tie clips.

A modern watch by Kenneth Cole
Watches
For a "timeless" look (get it?), a leather strap and a simple, subtle face should be your go-to. This kind of watch is of no offense to anyone, whether you have a corporate job and worry about standing out too much, or you work in a repurposed factory with a handful of hipsters and worry about standing out too little.

For a more modern look, try a gunmetal finish and minimalist face. If you really want to show up Sven in the graphics department, rock a retro wooden watch or a large, digital face. Whatever you choose, let your watch be an expression of yourself and your overall sense of style, tying your whole look together. For more watch tips, check out last summer's article about watches and belts.

Wedding Bands
For the most part, men in the Western world are allotted only one socially acceptable ring - the wedding band. But, you shouldn't have to be married to fill this free jewelry slot. Americans are great at inventing social customs, like "purity rings," so why not make up your own excuse to wear a ring? Like, a ring to indicate your promise to yourself not to eat too much pizza.

Gold cufflinks and tie clip from Tien Son
Subtlety, like always, is your friend when it comes to pulling off rings. Tungsten is perfect for this - it's clean, neutral and masculine. Stick to geometric, sculptural patterns.

Cufflinks and Tie Clips
Color coordination is important for these suit accessories. Warm gold tones pair well with earthy browns and beiges in your suit and shirt, and also work well with deep blues. Silvers, meanwhile, are more modern and neutral.

Next time we'll talk about riskier accessories, such as necklaces and earrings. Are you a fan of male jewelry? Let us know in the comments below!



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