The last few years have seen somewhat of a U-turn in the realm of men’s jewellery. Where once any man worth his salt wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything other than a wristwatch or basic silver cuff (save the subtle signet or sovereign ring, or, at a push, a crucifix dangling from a simple chain a la David Beckham), recently the lines of gender-specific accessorising have blurred, ushering in a new era of blokes in bling.
Of course, this is nothing new. Rings have been in for decades, and even my dad (the most masculine of masculine men) was rocking a chain in the late ’90s, but when it comes to arm candy, other than the woven friendship-style bracelets favoured by long-haired surfers from Devon, or festival wristbands that are long overdue for the chop, the boys have been left in the lurch.
Nowadays, everyone from Premier League footballers and pop stars to TV presenters (looking at you, Jeremy Clarkson) and your regular man on the street is getting in on the action and dressing up their forearms with a bracelet or two (or three!). And whether you prefer 18-karat gold or sterling silver, gemstones a-plenty or pared-back pieces with a hefty dose of attitude, there really are no rules when it comes to what you choose. With that in mind, here’s our pick of the best bracelets for men to buy now and wear forever.
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