Many men shy away from wearing jewelry. The thought of investing in a chain or two conjures up images of Mr. T, or of rappers with oversized clocks wrapped around their necks. Some men even think that wearing jewelry is feminine and will make them look less attractive to women. This actually couldn’t be further from the truth.
A well-placed necklace is a timeless investment piece that will elevate your look, instantly injecting style and sophistication to any outfit. It will turn heads and will look just as good in 20 years time as it does today. It will attract, rather than repel, women, showing them that you care about what you look like. Buying a piece of jewelry is choosing to invest in you. And there’s nothing more attractive than that.
So, you’re thinking of investing in a gold necklace, but don’t know where to start? Here are our top tips for striking gold with your next jewelry investment, and the best brands to choose:
Picking the Right Necklace
The necklace that you pick will say a lot about your personality, so it’s important to choose wisely.
If you’re looking for something understated yet versatile then a thin gold chain might be the perfect choice for you: you can wear it with anything and everything. This everyday piece will elevate even the most simple plain tee, but can also be layered with other chains to create a huge statement, creating a big visual impact.
Do you have a bold and confident personality? Then a thick gold chain is sure to suit you. This is much more of a statement piece than the understated narrow gold chain. It shows that you want to attract attention and that you’re not afraid to wear your wealth around your neck. Often favored by rappers and hip hop stars, the guy in the thick gold chain doesn’t shy away from being center stage. This kind of necklace is sure to turn heads wherever you go.
So what about a pendant? Pendant is the word used for any detailed necklace which is constructed of a chain with a charm or embellishment that hangs from it and is attached to the necklace by a small loop. Crosses and other religious iconography would fall into the pendant category, as would a dog tag, sharks tooth, skull or any other kind of imagery. Pendants are perfect for fashion addicts that want to instantly show off their style credentials. Changing the pendant you wear is an easy way of staying one step ahead of the curve, and keeping up with the latest trends, without having to change your whole look.
Finally, if the thought of a pendant is a little too fashion-forward but the plain chain seems a little too boring, why not opt for a medallion instead? Medallions have been worn for centuries: in fact, Roman soldiers used to wear medallions and use them as a form of emergency currency. They are a classic piece and a staple of any man’s jewelry box. A medallion will make a statement whilst still feeling comfortable and safe: the sweet spot of any hefty financial fashion investment! If you buy a medallion now then it will never go out of vogue.
Picking the Right Brand
So, now you have an idea about the type of necklace you’re looking for. Which brand should you choose? There are hundreds of jewelry brands out there, which can make finding the one that will best suit you seem like an impossible mission. To make your job a little easier, here are some of our favorites:
Marcos De Andrade
Marcos de Andrade specializes in creating high-end men’s jewelry in quality materials at prices that are attainable for most men. With a background in fashion, Andrade is known for his keen eye for quality and his ability to spot emerging trends before they hit the mainstream. His jewelry is designed to make a high fashion statement, whilst still being understated enough that it can be worn on a daily basis.
This isn’t jewelry for the shy and retiring, but it is perfect for the fashion-conscious man that is keen to make an understated style statement. And the best thing about the vintage-inspired designs he chooses is that they will never go out of vogue: pieces that emerge the past with the present will always be in style, making Marcos de Andrade a great choice if you’re looking for an affordable investment piece that you can treasure forever.
We love this Ancient Axe pendant plated in 18-carat gold, which is an affordable way to achieve a high-end look without compromising on quality or craftsmanship. Inspired by the weaponry favored by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, this piece oozes macho masculinity, turning the concept that ‘real men’ don’t wear jewelry on its head. (The piece is currently reduced to $155.25 in the brand’s half-price sale, making now the perfect time to invest).
When it comes to oversized chains, no one shops quite like Jay Z. The billionaire owns a gold link chain that weighs just over 5kg (it must be uncomfortable to wear) and once spent more than $200k on a single gold necklace. If you’re looking to wear your money where you can see it then there is no one better to imitate than Jay Z.
Jay Z often wears Roc a Fella necklaces from his own brands: he also gifts these to his friends and other worthy and successful Hip Hop stars. But sadly the everyday fashionista can’t get their hands on a Roc a Fella chain. They are earnt rather than bought. Instead, why not look to another iconic brand for a gold plated alternative that will have the same visual impact but be much more affordable.
Versace is a brand famed for its love of gold and for its oversized and opulent jewelry options. The gold medusa pendant is the perfect example of this and embodies the spirit of the statement jewelry that rappers favor so strongly: It is oversized, it sparkles, and it really makes a statement. At over $1200 it isn’t the cheapest option on the list, but it will certainly make a big impact. If your life motto is that ‘bigger is better’ then this chunky chain is the perfect choice for you.
If we step away from the Hip Hop stars who are never far away from an oversized chain or two, if you’re looking to find the most prolific necklace wearer in Hollywood then Ryan Gosling is a perfect choice. It doesn’t matter whether he’s wearing a simple tee, oversized knitted sweater or a slick suit, the one thing you can always be sure of if that he will be wearing a longline pendant on top.
Ryan tends to choose jewelry which has sentimentality attached: In 2017, for example, he spent the whole summer wearing his dead dog, George, dog tags as a tribute to his recently deceased and much-loved pet. He has also been spotted wearing a pendant with Eva Mende’s dog Hugo’s name on it, as well as choosing pieces that remind him of their children.
If you’re looking for a low-key pendant loaded with sentimentality like Ryans then the Miansai brand is a great choice. Offering a range of fine designer jewelry in both gold and silver their work focuses on combining ancient and religious iconography to create double pendants that are small enough to be subtle but large enough to be impactful.
We love this mini dove pendant which combines a teal enamel dove pendant with a traditional gold St Christopher. The pieces can also be personalized, so if you’re an animal fan you can add your dog’s name like Ryan!
Any man can wear jewelry. There is a perfect necklace for every man: all you have to do is work out which style will be right for you. From high fashion pendants to evergreen gold chains, the necklace you choose will say a lot about you. It will instantly tell those around you about both what kind of man you are and what kind of man you want to be: choose wisely.
Although men’s jewelry can be pricey, it’s worth spending as much as you can afford to invest in a quality piece that will last a lifetime. After all, you don’t have to change up your necklace every day. It’s better to have one piece that you love than two pieces that you won’t want to wear in a month or two.
Above all don’t forget that, like any other aspect of fashion, jewelry is fun! Focus on picking pieces that you love, and that you know will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe. If you are a classic dresser then now is not the time to invest in a gold skull pendant; a simple silver chain will fit into your wardrobe much better. Equally, if you love to dress flamboyantly then look for an elaborate necklace that truly reflects your unique personality and sense of style. You won’t go far wrong!