Men’s jewelry has seen an incredible renaissance over the last decade. More creative risks are being taken in design and the stigma of men wearing jewelry is slowing becoming a thing of the past. With gay marriages on the rise, more couples are venturing into new and uncharted areas in the custom design realm. This recent NY Times article highlights emerging designers and “men’s jewelry that women want to steal”:
There are no jewelry-specific studies but, according to Euromonitor, the global men’s wear market grew 4.5 percent last year, outpacing women’s at 3.7. And the research company predicts men’s wear sales will grow another $40 billion, to $480 billion, by 2019.
Stores are extending their men’s offerings accordingly, and that includes jewelry. Mr Porter, the male counterpart of the Net-a-Porter online store, has offered jewelry for several years, initially selling entry price point pieces from fashion houses including Alexander McQueen and Bottega Veneta. It has since expanded the category, in response to customer demand, to include fine jewelry from independent designers.