Category Archives: Men’s Jewelry

Men’s Jewelry and Fashion

These Men Wear Tights, Heels, AND Jewelry

Little known fact (though, it’s easily accessed via Google and you can check it out in our previous blog) but men wore jewelry and heels well before women did. The first men to wear heels were Mongolian horsemen as a means to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrup (explains cowboy boots now!). In towns that had dirt roads and horse-drawn carriages, the streets were unclean so men and women alike would wear heels to avoid dirt and poop.

Looking hot there, stud.

Hey there King Louis XIV.

Romans, in particular, had streets full of mud and garbage so they donned platform heels. Egyptian butchers wore high heels, to avoid stepping in offal (fancy word for internal organs and entrails of animals). King Henry II wore narrow pointed toes; many say it was to hide his deformed toes. Today, celebrities such as the singer formerly known as Prince, Elton John, and Mötley Crüe wear/wore heels more recently as a fashion statement.

In society, in the past and now, jewelry, gemstones, precious metals make you stand out. They glitter under the sun, impossible not to notice. The fancier you dress, the more people respect you. E.g. a man wearing a suit to an event will be spoken to more kindly than somebody dressed casually. Jewelry was a non-verbalize status and class, whether or not you were royalty or rich. It would have been awkward to walk around announcing your title and position.

My point simply is there were reasonable justifications for men wearing heels as well as wearing jewelry. It showed (it still does) status, grants a high stature (literally and figuratively) and I’m not altogether sure why heels and jewelry became a feminine trend. While jewelry may not be for everyone, and walking in heels is damn hard, jewelry has never gone out of style.

There are a few types of rings that jewelry makers designed to be more appealing for men (but women wear them too), let me break them down for you.

Spinner rings – These are by far my favorite type of men’s rings. They’re a blast to play with, while you’re sitting there waiting, bored, or just hanging out. It’s a better habit then chewing your nails, twiddling your thumbs (who still does this?), chewing your lip, doing dip, smoking, whatever may have you. I personally have a friend who purchased spinner rings to help combat her need to smoke and she hasn’t smoked for about a year now.

A spinner ring typically has two stationary sides; and a middle part the rolls/spins around the base. It can be composed on one singular metal, or a few different types. If you’re particularly religious you can check out our cross spinner ring clicking the words ‘spinner ring’ above.

spinner ring

Signet rings – Think in terms of how things like envelopes used to be sealed; typically with wax, via an insigma carved into a piece of metal or wood. These rings are a lot like that, and signet rings come in oval shapes, triangles, and shield shapes. They can be inscribed with text, or a shape. Masonic rings are a common type of signet ring.

signet ring

Rolling rings – Come in a series of two-three rings that are intertwined. There an interesting piece of jewelry, sometimes lined with diamonds and used as wedding bands.

rolling ring

Affiliation rings – Think Masonic, military, or scholarly like high school or college. These are typically a type of signet ring, but we’re giving it a separate category because these are probably the most common type of ring that men wear. Don’t forget sports jewelry, especially NASCAR.

affiliation ring

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gemstones, Precious Metals and Jewelry

That will blow your mind.

1. The average age of diamonds varies from one to three million years old.

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

2. In Asia, the people swallow pearls whole and powdered for medicinal purposes

To this day, pearls are eaten for medicinal reasons. Don't try this at home for obvious reasons.

To this day, pearls are ingested! Invest don’t ingest!

3. Pure gold is always yellow in color, but it is much too soft to wear.

Melts in your hand, not your mouth. Oops, that M&Ms.

You’ll be golden with a few of these nuggets.

4. Lapis Lazuli was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the form of powder as eye shadow.

Talk about expensive makeup!

Talk about expensive makeup!

5. The only black gemstone that exists is the jet, composed of carbonized wood and coal, and usually comes from fossilized trees.

Don't jet, have a jet!

Don’t fret, have a jet!

6. Garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, which also means pomegranate.

These look good enough to eat!

These look good enough to eat!

7. Blonde-haired women used to don opals to protect the blonde color of their hair.

Give an opal to your Opal, oppa!

Having an opal is probably better than sunbathing.

8. Sapphires and rubies are mined together; both are a type of corundum mineral. Rubies are red due to chromium impurities, while sapphires get their color from iron, titanium, and chromium impurities. They are virtually indistinguishable other than color.

They're basically twins with different dye jobs.

They’re basically twins with different dye jobs.

9. Men wore jewelry before women did; they even wore heels before women.

Rock those pearls, sir!

Rock those pearls, dude!

10. The ocean actually contains gold; it is assumed there is nearly 20 million tons of gold under the mysterious surface.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

11. Emeralds were Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

Ours too, Cleo!

Ours too, Cleo!

Last Minute Holiday Jewelry Shopping

Is it the last possible minute for holiday jewelry shopping? Are you worried that your package won’t arrive on time if you order online, but you just can’t get up the courage to brave the mad bustle, like other last minute holiday shoppers? You’re in luck, we can definitely help! You can browse our broad selection of jewelry for that perfect, thoughtful holiday gift. You can find for birthstone jewelry, religious jewelry, men’s jewelry, niche jewelry and more. We’ve listed some options for your convenience, some of our personal favorites! Make sure to look for that button that says ‘in stock ready to ship’. Good luck!

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas Under $35

1. Harley-Davidson Pocket Knife Key Chain – The perfect gift for any Harley Dad, this collector’s item is available in three different styles. Each key chain is styled in honor of the iconic motorcycles with the die-cast metal handles in the shape of a typical Harley gas tank. To top it all off, this pocket knife key chain only costs $17.99 (Which is just about half of your $35.00 budget) and even comes with a bonus collector’s pin.

2. Cigar Box Money Clip – Weighing in at only $18.99, this cigar box money clip is the perfect alternative to a bulky wallet that any dad will appreciate. Even if cigars aren’t his style, GEMaffair carries a wide variety of money clips that are easily customizable to give your Father’s Day gift a personal touch. Add a custom engraving to any order for only $11.97 extra; no matter how big or small you make your personalized message.

3. NFL Dog Tag Pendent – This dog tag pendant is a great gift for any dedicated football fan. This particular pendant is made of stainless steel and features both the team name and logo. More styles are available, but none at such a superb value as this dog tag pendant for $32.99.

Not a fan of football? Check out our collections of MLB, NBA, NCAA, and NHL Sports Jewelry.

Men’s Rings Offer Guys a Little Bling

Wearing jewelry is not just a female phenomenon, men like to accessorize as well. And why not? It the animal world, it is the male that is the beautifully colorful of the two. Just take at look at cardinals and peacocks for example.

Their female counterparts are a boring brown color while the males enjoy vibrant reds, blues and purples. For thousands of years, guys have been wearing men’s gemstone rings and other beautiful pieces of jewelry as status symbols as well as for fashion.

Now, not all guys want to make such an obvious statement. Some wear their simple men’s gold rings as wedding bands and that is it. Other understated and masculine options are men’s silver rings.

In particular, the Claddagh ring is popular with men as are laser finish two tone pieces. Men’s white gold rings, titanium and tungsten are another option for that silver hue. The latter two are more durable and suitable for the guy does a lot of manual labor.

Men’s diamond rings are also a growing trend. They are wearing diamonds in their wedding bands and women are also proposing to men with engagement rings. There has been a lot of progress and change in men’s jewelry as well as traditional gender roles and rules of adornment.

Ebel Watches

ebelpartsGEMaffair.com now proudly sells an array of Ebel watches for both men and women.   The Swiss watch company, founded in 1911, has become know as the “Architects of Time” for their uniquely sculptured designs and presentation of the inherent beauty of mechanics. Ebel watches are defined by elegant architectural styling, high quality materials  and exquisite craftsmanship.  Were Leonardo da Vinci  alive today, we’re certain he’d choose to wear an Ebel watch.  They’re simply the beauty of time actualized.

Though da Vinci may be unable to don an Ebel due to his demise many years ago, many of the today’s modern world have made that choice.  Ebel watches can be seen on the wrists of the most discerning including many of Hollywood’s most famous celebrities including  spokeswoman, Gisele Bundchen.  While it may be a bit of a let down to our male customers, we cannot include Bundchen with purchase, but you can take solace in the fact you’re wearing one of the most well-crafted timepieces available.  (it’s not much, but it helps).

ebelgisele1For more on the beauty of mechanics and design, read up on Ebel or for a history lesson, check out da Vinci’s horse. (Yes, we know it was never finished, but it sure is impressive – just like the passion and design behind every Ebel watch.)

And though we can’t include Ms. Bundchen, you can always watch this over and over. Nice watch don’t you think?

Great Gift Ideas for Guys

Wedding season, graduations, Father’s Day- all of these occasions plus birthdays and anniversaries deserve a great gift for that special guy. Sorting through all the possible men’s gifts ideas can be difficult. But, there are some tried and true items that make the grade, especially for the guy who has everything.
Consider a two-tone business card holder for the new college graduate to get him off on the right foot whether he’s starting a job or looking. Either way, it gives him a professional touch. For the groomsmen and best man, personal cuff links with an onyx stone or plain silver add a nice touch to their tuxedos. Another classic gift idea is the tie clip. This can be a simple gold or silver bar or, it can be a little dressier with a single diamond and a textured matte finish.

The key is to know the guy and choose a gift that suits his personality. Many men tend to be subtle in their tastes and some refuse to wear jewelry, so when looking for a men’s gift, any of these ideas are great. Gold cuff links or a diamond accented tie clip adds an elegant touch to his day without being too flashy. If the gift needs to be really special, engraving and a personal note give it sentimental value.