When it comes to buying Christmas gifts for the men in my life, nothing beats sterling silver jewelry and accessories. Silver accoutrements have long been considered hallmarks of the well-dressed man, but these days, with so much men’s jewelry on the red carpet, guys are appreciating silver’s cool factor too. Here are five sterling silver jewelry gifts for men that you’ll be proud to give this season. Happy shopping…and Happy Holidays from all your friends at OBJ!
Brooks Brothers Sterling Silver Engravable Buckle
The sterling silver belt buckle is my go-to graduation gift, but it makes an elegant stocking stuffer too. This one will fit any 1-inch leather belt strap (sold separately at Brooks Brothers and department stores nationwide). Best of all, you can have the plaque engraved in time for Christmas (maximum of three block letters). Made in the USA, this thoughtful silver gift is $ 248 at brooksbrothers.com.
Sterling Silver Italian Diamond-Cut Figaro Chain
I love the way male entertainers have brought the men’s chain necklace mainstream; a case in point is Adam Levine who wears several on “The Voice” and IRL. Levine’s necklaces look to be high-karat gold, but you can buy your guy the same chunky look for far less. This essential fashion chain by Roberto Martinez is rendered in the classic Figaro style, featuring large, diamond-cut links of gleaming sterling silver. Made in Italy, the chain secures with a lobster claw clasp. Shown: 24”, 51 grams, 8 mm wide. $91.79 at overstock.com.
John Hardy Sterling Signet Ring with Lapis Lazuli
Don’t you adore this classic silver signet ring by John Hardy? Bet your man will too. It’s bold yet simple enough to wear as an everyday statement piece. The bright royal blue Lapis Lazuli stone is known to represent truth and friendship. Also available in Tiger Iron or Banded Agate, these rings range from $495 to $550 at johnhardy.com.
(Note: Inspired by Bali and its storied jewelry-making traditions, Canadian artist John Hardy established an artisan collective in 1975 dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and building a sustainable future for the company’s artistic community. If your guy is into all things sustainable, this eco-friendly brand is sure to make him smile.)
James Avery Sterling Silver Fish Hook Leather Bracelet
My nephew Sam, a student at the University of Texas, wore one of these nautical-inspired bracelets to Thanksgiving dinner. Designed by the late, great Austin-based jewelry designer James Avery, it features a sterling silver fish hook closure on a double-wrap leather band. Buy (and borrow!) it for $100 at jamesavery.com.
Tiffany & Co. Sterling Silver Swiss Army Knife
Every man (and woman) I know would appreciate the ingenuity of a Swiss Army Knife, especially if it’s in sterling silver! I usually give the $209 model from the Swiss Knife Store, but if you want to score extra points head to Tiffany & Co. for a little blue box. Inscribed with the year Tiffany was founded, the Tiffany 1837® Collection Swiss Army Knife is an unexpected (and engravable) luxury. It’s $280 at tiffany.com.