The majority of jewelry I create is made with women in mind, which makes creating jewelry for men quite a challenge! Each time I start making a gift for one of the men in my life I have to remind myself what makes a piece of jewelry masculine. The two things I keep in mind for these projects are simplicity and durability. Today’s tips will help show you how these two elements make designing men’s jewelry a breeze!
Most men will only wear accessories that are simple to take on and off and that don’t look fussy. Jewelry featuring a simple strand of beads or single pendant on a chain is not only easy to make, but is easy to wear! Our Out of the Blue Bracelet is a great example of this simplicity. A stretchy bracelet is easy to take on and off and 10mm beads aren’t so small as to be dainty, but not so big as to be flashy.
Another example of simplicity is our Happy Father’s Day Necklace. Iconic dog tag necklaces like this are also easy to take on an off and have a no-fuss look to them. Using a stamping charm also lets you customize the necklace with a meaningful message, likes a birth or anniversary date!
Durability is the other essential component of men’s jewelry. Men’s jewelry needs to be tough enough to withstand regular rough handling. A great way to do this is to use heavier gauge, sturdy materials. Our Tool Box Bracelet features not only 13 gauge jump rings and an extra large clasp, but a variety of hardware washers and nuts.
You can find more ideas by browsing through our Men’s Jewelry Inspiration Projects! What type of men’s jewelry have you made?
Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen