That also happen to be well-priced
“Italian men…yes, they do wear more jewelry,” conceded Italian jewelry designer Manuel Bozzi, whose eponymous collection specializes in chunky, rock ’n’ roll–inspired sterling silver pieces for men.
It’s a long-standing truism that explains the plethora of Italian jewelry companies that produce high-quality, fashion-forward baubles for men. And men’s jewelry lines at this year’s VicenzaOro jewelry fair, which wrapped up today in Vicenza, Italy, were among the most creative, innovative designs on the floor.
Here, three Italian firms getting men’s jewelry right:
At first glance, many of Honor Omano’s men’s pieces resemble cartoonish rubber erasers. But the collection’s playful pieces—many of which are brass-enameled in glossy, eye-catching colors—feel both masculine and polished enough to appeal to bona fide grown-ups. Popsicles, anchors, snakes, and skulls are among the many motifs explored in the line, which references a hodgepodge of countercultures (notably, skateboarding and hip-hop) with a healthy sense of humor.
Enamel popsicle pendants at Honor Omano
Red enamel skull pendants at Honor Omano
“It’s about rock ’n’ roll—there are scars, there’s the biker element,” Bozzi said when describing his toughie sterling silver collection—which includes finely wrought animal iconography, skulls and other Easy Rider–style staples (he calls the look “rockmantic”). These are pieces for confident dudes looking for biker cool laced with luxury.
I couldn’t resist trying on these cool creatures at Manuel Bozzi.
Manuel Bozzi claw pendant with Tahitian pearl
Alcozer & J
Florentine jewelry atelier Alcozer & J, which makes both men’s and women’s jewelry, infuses old-world Italian metalsmithing with modern, masculine sensibilities. The result is a collection that feels vintage but never dated. The brand’s many riffs on the classic ID bracelet were especially innovative.
A rustic brass-and-leather bracelet from Alcozer & J
A chunky, funky ID bracelet by Alcozer & J