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Social Survey: Men’s Jewelry Trends

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Let’s talk about trends. In the retail space, it’s important to stay up to date on trends, as these quick-lived movements can end up making you a lot of cash. With social media hotter than ever, trends are spreading like wildfire — especially in the jewelry industry. Photos of celebrities or athletes flaunting their favorite jewels are dispersed to millions of peoples’ phone screens worldwide. So, how do you adapt to the ever-changing trend landscape? Well, you stay ahead!

One facet of the industry that is talked about less than I would like is men’s jewelry. No, not just wedding bands — I’m talking men’s fashion jewelry. What are men wearing besides bands now? With simply working in social media, I was able to identify some men’s jewelry trends that I see very often. But that had me thinking: what are men actually buying? So, with the help of some of my jeweler friends, I was able to understand how men’s jewelry trends chalk up to what they are purchasing.

Read below for a first-hand look at the jewelry men are in to!

Decked in Pearls

One of my personal favorites, pearls, have been spotted on multiple celebrities over the past few years. Guys like Harry Styles, A$AP Rocky, Billy Porter, and more have been flaunting pearl statement earrings and strands effortlessly. Sammy from Ocean Pearl and Diamond and Jane from Jewelry by Jane Basch agree that they are seeing an uptick in men wearing pearls as well.

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Brace Yourself for Bracelets

Perhaps one of the most common answers I received when asking you all about men’s trends was bracelets! I’m not a bracelet girl myself, but I do see the appeal. Staci from Kim Chau & Co, Cait from Libutti Jewelers, and Shelly from Sparks Fine Jewelry all agree that bracelets are a big hit for the guys in their area!

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Seeing Colors

A few of you have offered up the sentiment that colored stones, both diamond and gemstones, are making waves in the men’s jewelry arena. Staci from Kim Chau & Co and Jack from JB Jewelers have admitted to making some colorful sales for men’s jewelry. Jack also mentioned that some men in his area are coming in buying enamel pieces as well.

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Diamonds are Forever

A trend that we are familiar with here at Stuller is elevated men’s wedding bands. Donna from Acredo mentions that many men are going into her store requesting diamonds in their band. You know what they say… the more diamonds, the merrier!

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Chains, Chains, Chains

Kelly from Jacobsen’s Jewelry states that Cuban link and rope chains are still highly sought-after pieces for men in the Midwest. I, for one, don’t see that trend going out of style anytime soon!

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Pretty in Pink

Since we’re talking about men’s trends, I don’t think it would be fair to leave out the most iconic jewelry moment of 2021 — Lil Uzi Vert’s pink diamond forehead moment. It was short-lived, but enigmatic nonetheless. Thanks, Joseph, for reminding us of this rather daring moment in men’s jewelry history.

 
 
 
 
 
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And that’s a wrap! Thank you, all, for your wonderful participation. Looking forward to see what the second half of 2021 has in store for men!

How do you feel about the trends mentioned above? Are men in your area buying other types of jewelry? Let me know below!




4 Facts About Father’s Day— And What He Wants

What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Each year we puzzle over this question, and the truth is, if he has young children, he’ll love their handmade creations — crooked printing and all. But Mom and older children will want him to have something that lasts, and jewelry hits the nail on the head or the ball off the tee. The gifts shown below represent just a few of your choices. Visit Stuller.com/FathersDay to see them all. We’ve included a wide range of prices, so you’ll find gifts to fit each budget.

But before we get into gift ideas, let’s brush up on this holiday’s history, which includes fascinating facts you can share with customers. I confess I used to think a greeting card company came up with the idea as a marketing ploy. These companies were undoubtedly thrilled with Father’s Day’s creation, but the concept came from poignant circumstances long lost in the pages of time.

Did You Know?

  • A West Virginia church observed the first Father’s Day on July 5, 1908, to honor 362 men killed the previous December in a coal mining disaster.
  • In 1909, 2,600 miles away, Sonora Smart Dodd sought a day to honor fathers. She was one of six children raised by a widower in Spokane, Washington, and felt strongly that he and other fathers deserved special recognition. She gathered support from local shops, churches, and government officials, and on June 19, 1910, Washington State celebrated its first Father’s Day.
  • In 1916, two years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday, he honored Father’s Day in Washington State, pressing a button in Washington DC to unfurl the flag there.
  • Then in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged all states to observe Father’s Day. Today we celebrate it on the third Sunday of June.

Outdoors and Active Dad

Does he work with his hands, play sports, hike, bike, or all four?  Perhaps he loves the great outdoors and wants his children to share his enthusiasm. These selections and others make great gifts for him.

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You’ll find other chain styles and widths, as well as engravable dog tags and shield pendants, at Stuller.com/FathersDay.

Sharp Dressed Dad

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You’ll find many other rings, cufflinks, and collar stays at Stuller.com/FathersDay.

Spiritually-Minded Dad

Reflect his commitment to his faith with these options.

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Visit Stuller.com/FathersDay to see our curated selection. Or visit Stuller.com/Mens for more options.




(M)engagement Rings: New Trend for Engaged Men

In the United States, tradition has been that the man provides his fiancé with an engagement ring to symbolize their intent to be married to society. However, times change, and younger generations find new ways to evolve the wedding industry in exciting ways. The latest trend that is beginning to reach America from Europe is an engagement ring meant for men. Enter the “mengagement ring.”

Let’s dive into this trend and see how it has developed. Then, as your trusted jewelry resource, we will provide some insight so you can answer questions your customers have regarding picking out their own men’s engagement ring.

Mengagement Ring: New Trend or Newly Successful?

Believe it or not, the concept of men wearing engagement rings is not that new. Cultures around the world have integrated the men’s engagement ring over the ages into their own wedding traditions. For example, in Chile, both men and women wear engagement rings; however, they wear them on their right hand and move them to their left on their wedding day. In Argentina, couples exchange their rings at the engagement, not the wedding. In Sweden and other Nordic countries, both men and women exchange a simple gold or silver band at their engagement.

Fun Fact: Even in America, jewelers attempted to market engagement rings to men in the 1920s. While that sales strategy proved to be unsuccessful at that time, men eventually did adopt the wedding band a few decades later.

The trend of western civilization adopting an engagement ring for men was first seen in 2009 in the United Kingdom. A jeweler named H. Samuel introduced the “Tioro” – a wide band with a single small diamond meant specifically as an engagement ring for men. While this ring has been primarily used as a wedding ring, the trend has started to take hold over the last decade.

Fun Fact: According to Ritani in 2020, 1 in 20 women propose to their fiancés.

With the rise of many couples being more concerned with equality and men in America being more comfortable with wearing jewelry, both men and women have taken to wearing engagement rings to show their matching love and commitment. Prominent examples of men donning an engagement ring include Johnny Depp, David Otunga, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Buble.

Regardless of the reasons or motivations, that fact is that more men or their partners will be looking into engagement rings in the coming years. When the time comes, be prepared by knowing what questions to ask so you can be your customers’ guide at the start of their marriage journey.

The Initial Conversation

Because there is no set tradition for this trend, you may have the future groom discussing a ring he envisions for himself or you may have his future fiancé looking to surprise him. Either way, get to know his tastes and jewelry habits at the start so you know which styles to suggest.

Style

The groom-to-be may want to stack an engagement ring and wedding band on one finger, they may wear the engagement ring on one finger and the wedding band on another, they may only choose to wear the one ring, etc. Knowing how he might plan on wearing his engagement ring will help make the following decisions.

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Width and Size

Men’s bands tend to have a greater width. However, if they intend on having an engagement band and a wedding band on the same finger, it would be better to suggest a thinner ring. Wider bands are more typical for men, but it depends on what is most comfortable for him. Compare other rings he may wear to get an idea of what width he prefers.

Metal Choice

While style preference is a major factor in choosing metal, also have a conversation on how physically active he is. Gold is a classic metal choice with many design options available; however, a man that needs a more durable ring for work and vigorous activity should look at platinum or a strong contemporary metal, such as cobalt or tantalum.

Design Preferences

Just like women’s engagement rings, the style and design possibilities are endless. Men with simple or traditional tastes might prefer a classic gold band. Customize with a personalized engraving and make it the perfect ring to symbolize his love and commitment. Men looking for sleek and modern pieces have several options in terms of design, including artistic finishes, inlays, two-toned metals, and stones. Getting to know fashion preferences and activity levels will help you guide your customer to the right ring.

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Custom Solutions Make for Memorable Experiences

While there are countless men’s wedding band designs out there that work perfectly for a man’s engagement ring, this new jewelry trend might deserve a more tailored approach. Consider working with your customer on creating an engagement ring that is 100% unique to him. Design it yourself using our jewelry design software, MatrixGold® or CounterSketch®, then submit your design to our CAD/CAM Services team to make their dream a reality. We even create wax models so you can show your customer exactly what they are getting. This is a special moment in their life and you can make it a memorable one.

Are You Sold on Men’s Engagement Rings?

For many jewelers, this trend is definitely outside of the ordinary. However, it is important to stay on top of the industry’s trends so you can best serve your customers. Men will continue to be more comfortable going outside the box and wearing the jewelry they like. We know you will continue to provide the best service to your customers, and Stuller will continue to be your partner in business for all your jewelry needs.


For more resources on men’s jewelry fashion, check out these blog posts!

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Contemporary Metal Bands: Trending and Here to Stay

Wedding Bands: Don’t Forget the Guys




Contemporary Metal Bands: Trending and Here to Stay

A man’s band tells a very personal story. Whether it is worn to mark an occasion like marriage or to make a fashion statement, a band tells you a little something about his life.

That is why the metal used to make a band is so important. Gentlemen, does your band say that your love is as strong as the mightiest metal on earth? Is it as unique as your personal style? Give some thought to your options and explore metal choices you might not have thought about before.

In a previous blog post, we covered classic bands made of the precious metals you’ve come to expect. Now, let’s take a look at contemporary metals and how they make a solid foundation for a band for both aesthetic and functional reasons.

Precious Metal vs. Contemporary Metal

Choosing a metal has everything to do with how you view the ring and what you value most in a ring. Are you interested in a rare and valuable piece? Do you prefer a piece that is durable and can handle any condition? Knowing the answer to these questions will make it a lot easier to narrow down the options for the type of metal you’d like to use.

Precious metals, such as gold, sterling silver, platinum, and palladium, are more rare than other metals so they tend to cost more and hold value better over time. As softer metals, they are easier to work with and customize though more prone to scratching and damages.

Contemporary metals, such as tantalum, tungsten, titanium, and cobalt, are starting to see more use as individuals look for alternatives to the traditional, precious bands. Contemporary metals offer many benefits. They are durable, extremely easy to maintain over time, and are available in a wide range of experimental styles and colors.

A Closer Look at Contemporary Metals

Let’s take a look at what each metal brings to the table.

Tantalum is the newest addition to our contemporary metal offerings. It is a fairly heavy, hard, and strong metal, which makes it durable and resistant to cracking. What sets this metal apart from the others in this series is that custom finishes can be added to tantalum bands. This metal is quickly increasing in popularity and is sure to be a fast seller.

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Tungsten has historically been a best seller. As one of the heaviest contemporary metals and one of the most durable metals known to man, tungsten earns its name from an older Swedish term meaning “heavy stone.” Enjoy in a variety of colors and styles fitting for those with modern tastes.

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Titanium is the perfect metal for someone looking for a strong metal that is still lightweight. Not only is titanium a good choice in a strong metal, but it is also one of the most affordable options offered.

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Cobalt is an extremely strong metal with a high scratch resistance and is five times harder than gold. It is an excellent choice for someone looking for a metal that can shine in both classic and contemporary stylings.

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Stainless Steel is a very resilient metal and is resistant to any form of corrosion. Bands made of this stainless steel are quite affordable and require very little upkeep.

Your Future is Contemporary Metal

Rings are commemorative symbols. They symbolize power, love, commitment, status, achievement, and so much more. The stories they tell share a lot about a person so give extra thought to what your ring says about you.


For more resources about how to help men discover contemporary metal bands and current stylings, check out more blog posts by Stuller.

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Wedding Bands: Don’t Forget the Guys

We live in a time of social change and “new normals.” But let’s face it, in the bridal world, it seems women get all the love and glamour — the gorgeous engagement ring and often, an equally exquisite, anniversary or eternity wedding band. And the groom? His wedding band is often an afterthought, frequently bought in a rush, shortly before the wedding.

Wait a second: he’s getting married, too. Let’s show him some of the same attention we show to the bride. Men’s engagement rings, or “man-gagements” as some call them, have become increasingly popular among younger couples. It only makes sense for us to offer an expanded assortment of men’s wedding bands so that you can maximize every sales opportunity.

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Classics with Personality

The first stop is Classic Bands because they are our most sought-after rings. Stuller leads the industry with over 33 classic profiles. It’s important to note that classic does not equal plain. Let’s call them Classics with Personality — specifically, the groom’s personality (though brides may also choose them). You can modify any one of our classics by changing the fit, design detail, metal quality and/or color, millimeter width, ring size, finish and/or adding an engraving. When you factor in all of these options, you can choose from over a million possibilities!

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Enter the Band Builder

Our Wedding Band Builder is a top-notch sales tool that provides an unbeatable interactive customer experience. As you work with clients to create a personalized piece the band builder updates the CAD in real time. Your clients will see their custom creation come to life. Take it for a spin and let us know how you like it!

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Metals, Metals, and More Metals

When it comes to metal quality, Stuller gives you many choices. Some classic band styles let you choose from up to 17 metal qualities, and most offer you a selection of 13. Not sure where to begin? Here is a little information on our top-selling precious metals to get you started.

  • 14K white, yellow, rose, x1 white: By far the most popular karat weight, 14K white requires rhodium plating while 14Kx1 white is a bright white metal that doesn’t need rhodium plating.
  • Platinum: This natural white metal is hypoallergenic, never requires rhodium plating, and its density and durability make it an excellent choice for securing diamond and gemstone settings.
  • 24K and 22K are available in Half Round comfort-fit, standard weight. Not all our partners realize they can offer customers this option. Expensive? Yes. Gorgeous? Absolutely!

When it comes to our classic bands, each metal offers unique benefits, so it’s genuinely a matter of taste and budget.

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Recycled Metals

Not only do we have a large assortment of classic wedding bands. We manufacture all of our classic bands at our Lafayette, Louisiana, headquarters and manufacturing facility, using SCS-certified 100% recycled metals. Our classic bands are machined with precision using state-of-the-art technology. From start to finish, it’s an intensive process led by industry experts. Our team takes pride in creating classics with personality and unmatched quality that your customers will have and hold forever.


Want to learn more about men’s wedding bands? Get inspired by a couple of our previous blogs.

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Celebrate Dad with these Father’s Day Gifts

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It’s always tough shopping for Father’s Day Gifts. What do you get for the guy that does it all? Has it all? Father’s day is the one day a year we get to give our dads the very best. Below are our favorite picks for the men in our lives.

For The Professional

If Dad means business – treat him to a pair of personalized cuff links or collar stays, which he can show off during meetings.

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For The Adventurer

This guy is always on the go! Whether it’s a hiking, camping or fishing trip a money clip or watch band is the way to go! 

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For the Classic Dad

He opts for a traditional, classic look. Don’t miss out on timeless styles like signet rings and chains this Father’s Day. With so many styles to choose from it can be hard to pick the perfect one; we’ve narrowed it down to our favorites.

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For The Trendy Dad

This dad is just cool…he isn’t afraid of putting his own spin on a basic style. He will love our updated cross necklace or a diamond signet ring.  For an elevated trendy look, order these pieces in platinum.  

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For a complete look at Father’s Day gift ideas, click here.

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Share this knowledge! Download and print the guide below to help customers pick the perfect Father’s Day gift.

 


What Father’s Day jewelry sells best in your store? Let us know in the comments below!




The Not-So-Simple Guide to Buying Stylish Jewelry for Men

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Gone are the days where a man’s jewelry selection is limited to a single wedding band and nothing more. Your customers may have heard that jewelry isn’t really a guy’s thing. Well that, my friends, is nonsense. Vikings wore jewelry. Kings wore jewelry. In fact, pretty much every significant man in history wore silver and gold. So don’t let naysayers be a discouragement. Guys wearing gold is a tell-tale sign of a confident, distinguished, well-dressed male.

Strangely enough, when it comes to stylish jewelry for men, the only rule is that there are no rules. So rock that right-hand ring like a grizzly guy. From fathers to bachelors, from hipsters to old-timers and everyone in between, men should never feel out of place while wearing their favorite piece of jewelry. Heed my fashion advice below if you will, but also take it with a grain of salt. Because after all, fashion rules are made to be broken.

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Here are a few tips on how to sport stylish jewelry for men

 

Watch Out!

Going on an interview? Wear a watch. Have important meetings scheduled for the day? Wear a watch. Wondering how much longer until lunchtime? Check your watch. From nobles to shipmates to railroad conductors, timepieces are essential accessories for guys on the go. Watches are an ideal entry-level way to incorporate stylish jewelry into any wardrobe.

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Collect multiple watches. Wear a smartwatch for daytime activities. These puppies will track your exercise and wellness while keeping you in touch with your emails, texts, and important calls. Adding a SmartWatch Adapter to multiple watchbands lets you swap between different color and textured watchbands. Also, every guy needs a classic chronograph counterpart. Wear a traditional analog watch with a suave cowhide band on dinner dates and nights on the town.

Steer Clear:

One minute you’re checking your phone for the time, and an hour later you’re stuck scrolling through Facebook. Stop looking at your phone for the time! Get in the habit of wearing a watch like the real gentleman you are. And large-faced watches are out. Try wearing a low-profile, sleek watch; it takes a big man to wear a small watch.

Join the Chain Gang

Chains are the quintessential stylish jewelry choice for men. In fact, you probably already own one or two. They look great with a t-shirt and jeans, as well as button-down shirts and slacks. Silver is fine, but you should own a yellow gold chain too. There’s something about yellow gold jewelry that drives the ladies crazy.

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Keep a staple chain in your neckwear collection. Find what works best for you and wear the heck out of it! Add a standout pendant that holds meaning to you, whether it’s a cross, engraved dog tag, or unique token. Then, try wearing that necklace over your necktie to your next formal event—you’ll surely turn heads (in a good way).

Steer Clear:

Stacking chains are perfectly fine, but keep it simple Mr. T. I pity the fool who overdoes their chain game with too many chains stacked around their neck. And remember, the larger the pendant, the more gall it takes to pull it off. Maybe skip those gaudy pave’ neckpieces unless you’re scheduled to star in a music video.

‘Sup with Signet Rings

Signet rings are hugely popular right now. Celebs like Nick Jonas and Donald Glover are wearing signet rings left and right on the red carpet lately. These rings look great with decorative stamping, diamond and gemstone accents, engraved initials, or just plain with a special finish.

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Hear me out— signet rings work great as pinky rings. Sure, it’s an unconventional move. But it’ll be the first thing people notice when they meet you. So own it—go big or go home!

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This rule is easily contested, but I suggest no more than two rings on the same hand at once (unless you’re stacking them—then maybe three rings on the same hand, max).

Try Texture

For thousands of years, we’ve treasured silver and gold for their beauty and rarity. And the enduring value of these precious metals further enhances their appeal. Go beyond the simple wedding band by trying these rings that celebrate metal’s texture, form, and finish.

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The top-left piece is a sterling silver cuff. This bracelet is a manly choice whose silver finish will patinate beautifully over time. Don’t be afraid to stack these rings too.

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Father’s Day Jewelry For The Family Man

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He’s the baron of BBQ, the leading lawn-mower, and the king of the castle. When something needs fixing, he’s the man. Dads hold a special place in our families and our hearts. This Father’s Day, coach your customers on the importance of presenting Dad with something special. Sure there’s always shirts and ties, but doesn’t he deserve something more? After all, who else can you call on to join in watching Sunday’s big game?

Now, granted, we’re not saying every dad will wear a brazen byzantine chain or an iced-out pavé pendant. But it’s all in the details. We’ve selected a few subtle men’s pieces that make perfect Father’s Day jewelry gifts and add a touch of wardrobe sophistication.

 

 

Go For Gold

Gift the family’s knight in shining armor a treasured gold piece. The die struck shield pendant, shown above, makes the perfect personalized gift symbolizing the protector of his family’s status. Or opt for a gold band he’ll wear with pride.

 

 

Ring It On

Did you know signet rings date back to ancient times? Make Dad feel special this Father’s Day with the gift of his own signature signet! Or choose a touch of wooden inlay for a masculine must-have.

 

 

Details For Dad

Monogram cufflinks are the perfect gift for the dad who wears his style on his sleeve. Complete this traditional look by choosing a special finish and engraving option. Or, select collar stays dated with Roman numerals to keep his neckline looking crisp and tailored with custom flair.

 

 

The Modern Man

For the modern man, the engravable money clip and tie bar offer clean line accents. Their sterling silver sheen is perfect for the cool, contemporary dad and great price point making them ideal for Father’s Day jewelry.

 

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