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7 Times Men Showed Us How to Wear Jewelry in 2018

Yes, you can accessorize and not look like a pirate or a rapper while doing it. These guys showed us how.
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Today’s man isn’t afraid to accessorize, and we don’t just mean ball caps and fanny packs (though who could have predicted those would be a thing?). Now is the time to dip a toe into the world of men’s jewelry, and you don’t have to limit yourself to cuff links and watches only. Think of it this way: Why should women have all the fun? 

Here, a rundown of seven times this past year when men showed us how to wear jewelry and look good while doing it. It might inspire you to add a little shine to your look before ringing in 2019.    

1| James Reid customizes his ring and cuff links 

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You can always count on the singer and actor to make a style statement, and he didn’t disappoint on local showbiz’s most glamorous runway, the ABS-CBN Ball. Aside from a leather harness, he accessorized his beaded Bang Pineda suit with a ring and cuff links that had the words “Careless” printed on it, custom-made by Tessera Jewelry. The jewelry company would make waves again months later with the ear cuff seen around the world—the universe, rather—on none other than the newly crowned Miss Universe, Catriona Gray.   

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2| Jason Momoa twins with Lenny Kravitz 

When you think about men who have hit advanced-level jewelry-wearing status, these two definitely come to mind. Aquaman gave a heartfelt shoutout and glowing endorsement to the ex of his wife, Lisa Bonet, by getting the rocker a matching bone skull ring from Leroys Wooden Tattoos, an artist he discovered on Instagram. See, two alpha males can get along.   

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3| Jericho Rosales wears a wraparound bracelet with ease

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Rosales’s laid-back surfer-meet-motocross look is the perfect foil to the high fashion street style of his mega-influencer wife, Kim Jones. So it’s no surprise that he wears jewelry with ease, as in the case of the simple wraparound cuff spotted on his wrist while mirroring his beloved’s pose. Side note: Jones also launched a collection of earrings this year with local designer Ken Samudio. Maybe the hubby can nudge her toward creating a few pieces for the guys, too.    

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4| Prince Harry chooses a fitness tracker ring

The Royal Family’s favorite rebel and his new bride have been rewriting the rules, including his choice to wear a platinum wedding band upon getting hitched to Meghan Markle. (Royal men typically opt out of wedding rings, as the left ring fingers of Prince Charles and William have remained noticeably bare.) But it was a mysterious dark ring spotted on Harry’s right hand during his Australia and New Zealand tour that raised eyebrows.

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It was later revealed to be an Oura fitness tracker that monitors sleep, body temperature, and physical activity. It may have come in handy warding off jetlag as he crossed time zones, and now that he and Markle are expecting a baby, he’s probably going to need to start strategizing his snooze time. 

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5| Edsel Uy of Perea Street pairs silver with streetwear 

We can thank the launch of IGTV last June for unleashing streetwear style purveyors Perea Street, a threesome who like to test-drive fanny packs and dad sneakers in the wilds of Makati. The group’s resident chinito, Edsel Uy, has made a habit of topping off his looks with minimalist silver jewelry from local brand Nami, as evidenced by the frequent tags on his posts. Pro tip: Nami just released a men’s line called Nami Man, designed in collaboration with stylist Mano Gonzales. You might want to try bookmarking the page and tagging your girl on IG if you’re looking for ways to drop hints for a Christmas gift.    

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6| Zayn Malik prefers multiple piercings 

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For a former boy bander who’s covered a good amount of his skin with tattoos, Malik’s earring game shows a surprising hint of restraint. Sure, there are multiple piercings, but he blends them all together by keeping the pieces minimal, like a single stud paired with a tiny hoop. Oh, and there’s a nose ring thrown in there, too. Still pretty toned-down for that guy.   

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7| Childish Gambino in yellow gold chains on This Is America 

When the musician also known as Donald Glover released his social commentary-slash-music video in May, it triggered a rash of online think pieces as people analyzed the deeper meanings and symbolisms crammed into a single four-minute take. We’re just here to point out that his outfit consisted of little else than button-fly pants and two layered gold chains—perhaps a nod to how black men have continuously been shackled and chained to the system. Or are we reading too much into this? 

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