By Jason Tye
Frequently the term jewellery is associated with women. However, for centuries men have sported some form of jewellery- earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, chains, amulets, rings and so on. In ancient times, jewellery worn by pharaohs and kings symbolised power and status. In the past, men’s jewellery was popular for various reasons. Mostly jewellery is worn for aesthetic reasons, yet men’s jewellery also served other purposes, such as describing their place in society, their social status in addition to their marital status. Today some of the popular accessories available for men in the jewellery category include bracelets, chains, cufflinks, earrings, money clips, rings and watches.
Among chic men’s jewellery articles, two-tone and tri-color rolling rings seem to be getting extremely popular due to their individuality and appeal. Platinum and gold two-tone wedding bands in addition to trinity rolling rings look marvelous. These rings come in nearly all prices and sizes. Several well-known jewellery designers, including Cartier and others, are creating gorgeous rolling rings for both women and men. In men’s jewellery, rolling rings are relatively new. These are found in various kinds of materials such as sterling silver, stainless steel, and platinum. They come in a range of styles that are available online. Tri-color rolling rings usually come in 14k or 18k gold, titanium and platinum. Sometimes, white gold and rose gold are also used to create these stunning and fabulous rings. Moreover, due to their uniqueness and allure, diamond rolling rings seem to be gaining in popularity. These rings may also be used as pendants in necklaces and chains. Rolling pendants and rolling sets are also extremely popular across the world and they are available in attractive and appealing designs and patterns.
Some of the leading men’s jewellery designers include Shaun Leane, Stephen Webster, Monica Vinader, William Cheshire, Luke Rose, Johnny Rocket, Sarah Ho, Sarah Jordan, Babette Wasserman, Benjamin James, Chris Hawkins, Andrew English, and Vivienne Westwood. Recently, a number of global designer brands including Hugo Boss and Links of London have launched their men’s jewellery collections leading to the extensive supply of men’s jewellery in the market. Besides, online men’s jewellery market space is also witnessing a growth in its sales notwithstanding the global financial slump facing the world. In 2008, consumer analysts Mintek reported that in the United Kingdom sales of fine jewellery soared in spite of the credit crisis. Further, same year the Daily Telegraph stated, the market for valuable metal jewellery was worth £2.5 billion the previous year.
In United Kingdom (UK), currently, Thorn Jewellery seems to be leading the top end online jewellery proposition. They perhaps offer the trendiest in men’s jewellery and accessories. They feature the finest of British Brands- Stephen Webster, Vivienne Westwood, Shaun Leane and Monica Vinader. Recently, at the 2009 UK jewellery Awards, Vinader won Brand of the year. Strengthened in 2008 through publicity and promotion from the opening London jewellery week, the market in the United Kingdom is showing the way and seems prepared to grow in 2009.
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