Load up on bling

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1. Ster­ling sil­ver ‘Anger For­est Wolf’ neck­lace, £315, by Gucci @ Matches Fash­ion 2. Pale gold brass neck­lace with skull-em­bossed medal­lion, £380, by Alexan­der McQueen 3. Sil­ver ban­gle, £450, by Ta­teossian 4. Gold signet ring, £180, by Alex Orso 5. Pol­ished brass bracelet, £140, by Alice Made This 6. Gold ring with mother of pearl Me­dusa de­tail, £250, by Ver­sace If you are a man with­out adorn­ment — that is to say you pos­sess no rings, no neck­lace, not even a hum­ble sil­ver ban­gle — then you are in the in­creas­ing minority of men not wear­ing jew­ellery.

Once a risky move that would con­cern your father and court ridicule from friends and co-work­ers, lux­ury men’s jew­ellery — ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The New York Times — is now a £4bn in­dus­try, and one that’s rapidly grow­ing with each pass­ing year. Get used to it, dad.

“De­mand has been ris­ing for men’s jew­ellery,” says a mem­ber of the buy­ing team at Lib­erty Lon­don. “Bracelets, par­tic­u­larly cuffs, are most pop­u­lar with sales up 143 per cent. And more men are wear­ing ear­rings, prov­ing an ap­petite for more con­tem­po­rary, edgy looks.”

Above we’ve se­lected the stand-out pieces from the world of mod­ern male bling. Just please, please, leave an­kle bracelets in the dis­tant, re­gret­table, mem­ory of Thai­land 2007.

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