Since Father’s Day is coming up soon (Sunday, June 19 in the US), I thought I’d do a post all about men’s jewelry. It’s always such a struggle to figure out what to get men – you can only use so many socks, grilling utensils and ties – and I think many forget about jewelry as an option.
Today’s featured artists are all sellers on Etsy, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you must! There is an incredible amount of talent on the site and it is the best place to shop for almost everything. You buy straight from the artist which means that you support a small business, and you get to communicate directly with the person who made whatever it is you’re buying, which makes it such a unique and fun experience. I have bought lots of things there, many of them customized just for me (a camera bag, a fleece wrap cardigan, charms, etc.). I can honestly say that my expectations have been exceeded every time.
But enough of my gushing and on to the featured items, which are obviously great for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions too, not just Father’s Day:
Athens-based (Georgia, not Greece) artist Laurel Hill works manly in sterling silver and copper, and I love her rustic, slightly rough and rugged-looking pieces. This 3/8″ wide sterling silver cuff bracelet can be customized with any text you want.
Photos: Laurel Hill
Photographer and designer Joanne Simmons of SilverSculptor is originally from London but these days, she lives and works in New Jersey. She has been making jewelry since she was a young girl, and her favorite medium is precious metal clay. These adorable cufflinks are made from recycled pure silver (99.9%) and customized with text and your child’s (or children’s) hand and/or footprints.
Photos: Joanne Simmons/SilverSculptor
Key Ring with Charm
The personalized key ring from Chicago-based artist Jen of Jeneri Jewelry is not only cute – it is perfect for men who don’t like to wear jewelry. The tiny charm is made from sterling silver with a 14k gold “frame” and can be personalized both on the front and back.
Photos: Jeneri Jewelry
California artist Heather Ellis of sTuck in the Coop started making jewelry in the hopes of being able to be self-employed and stay home with her two children. It turned out to be a great decision – she has been hugely successful (her work has been featured in places like US Magazine) and is living her dream. The gorgeous hammered band is made from sterling silver and can be customized with your children’s names, birth dates, or any message you want.
Photos: sTuck in the Coop
Leather Bracelet with Charm
The triple-wrap bracelet from Toronto artist CM of SPUNKbyCM is made from braided leather with a customizable sterling silver charm. The bracelet comes in black, dark brown or tan, works for both women and men, and is great for layering with other bracelets, which is such a hot trend right now.
For more gift ideas, also see my Unusual Pendants and Charm Bracelet Charms post.