|Forest Fire Men’s Necklace – Black Pen Shell and Amber|
Designing men’s jewelry was naturally a challenge for me, because I’m a girl. I didn’t know what guys would want in a necklace, I simply couldn’t fathom it. I asked around my guy friends and got a few responses, but still felt baffled about where to start. I began making men’s necklaces, but wasn’t feeling really confident about them. Then, I just happened to ask my Twitter friends and got a response from a nice lady who also makes jewelry. What she said has made all the difference for me: “It’s a matter of color and scale.”
Somehow, that simple sentence clicked everything into place for me:
- Scale: Men are (generally) bigger than women. So make their jewelry that way! Thick, chunky and simple as opposed to detailed and elaborate.
- Color: Favor the darker, more subdued colors. When you let in color, let it peep through instead of taking center stage.
|The Tribe Men’s Necklace – Carved Bone and Mabolo Wood
(Yes, that’s me in the picture! I don’t have a willing model for my
men’s jewelry line, but I do like to show a sense of scale for the pieces.
If you squint your eyes, I could be a hip, surfing kind of guy with longer hair!
- Best Boy Gemstones: hematite, onyx, obsidian, bloodstone, amber, most jaspers, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amethyst, labradorite, sardonyx, malachite, darker agates.
|Midnight Turquoise Men’s Necklace – Dark Turquoise and Black Pen Shell|
- Other Good Guy Materials: dark grained woods, shell chips, natural stone, antiqued bone, horn.
- Shapes: Favor squares, natural nuggets and thin heishi and chip beads over round beads, facets and tear drops.
- Lengths: A good average men’s necklace length is 20″. I’ve had men special order as short as 17″ long and as long as 30″. It just depends on how big he is and what style he’s going for. Most men tend toward choker length for beaded pieces and slightly longer for pendant necklaces. A good idea is to offer custom lengths so they can order a necklace that’s just right for them. I tell them to use something the thickness of a laptop cord to measure necklace length with. Since beaded strands are thicker, the measurement will be more accurate than if they use string!
- Strength: One of the most important considerations when making jewelry for men is to make the piece strong! I string all of my men’s beaded necklaces on thick, 30lb test fishing line. Waterproof and long lasting because most guys tend to wear their jewelry like it was a part of them: in the shower, swimming, sleeping, at the gym, everywhere! For making men’s pendant necklaces, 2mm thick leather cord or a thick hemp cord are nice
|Cliff Diver Unisex Necklace – Abalone Shell|
|Three Little Piggies Unisex Necklace – Red Agate, Wood|
|Chocolate Surfer Unisex Necklace – Wood and Brown Pen Shell|
|Ironwood Men’s Necklace – Hematite and Wood|
|Rutilated Quartz Unisex Pendant Necklace|
Article by: Jenny Hoople