If you’re giving jewelry as a Father’s Day gift, there are a few classic options: a wristwatch or cufflinks followed by a signet ring or one set with a supersize gemstone. But there’s something else to consider, a new staple for men who wear jewelry: the stackable beaded bracelet.
As JCK’s Emili Vesilind posited last week: The question of whether to bead or not to bead can be answered by the types of high-profile men who have been photographed wearing beaded, leather-strung bracelet stacks: Prince Harry, for one, plus Jay-Z and just about every other rocker/troubadour you can think of.
But can the dad in your life pull them off?
Matt Conable, cofounder and lead designer of the Portland, Ore.–based jewelry brand William Henry, thinks so. “Men are hard to shop for, but more men are wearing jewelry and exploring it as part of personal style than ever before,” he says.
Eight “bold but refined” beaded bracelets, a top-selling category for the brand, lead Embrace, the collection Conable and his team unveiled at JCK Las Vegas. “They’re pieces that can be worn with denim, a bespoke suit, on a hike, or at a fine restaurant,” says Conable. “They work across a life, not just in one segment and that appeals to men—stuff that’s timeless, unique but not trendy and that makes sense as a constant companion.”
Adventure bracelet with sodalite and petrified wood beads in sterling silver and micro paracord, $595
Moonlight bracelet with a natural South Sea pearl encased in 18k rose gold, labradorite beads, and 18k rose gold end caps and clasp, $1,895
Designed with intricate cage-like metal detailing to highlight and accentuate the polished and textured gemstone elements, each bracelet is intended to be as varied and distinctive as the personal style of the men who wear them.
After the team’s trip to the Tucson gems shows earlier this year, a kaleidoscope of new materials have been worked into the line, including jade, South Sea pearls, labradorite, carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli.
Comprising 16 pieces in total, the Embrace collection also features a handful of pendants and the line’s signature cufflinks.
Mask cufflinks with carnelian in sterling silver, $495
Ripple cufflinks with turquoise cabochons and sterling silver, $795
Purpose pendant with smoky quartz overlaid with sterling silver skulls on a stitched leather cord and finished with a sterling silver toggle clasp, $495
“This collection has a carpe diem quality to it,” says Tony Rodrigues, the new line’s creative director. “Embrace life, embrace challenge, embrace change—whatever your personal mantra is, our new Embrace collection captures the spirit beautifully.”
Top: Embrace collection Strength bracelet with green jade and frosted onyx beads in 18k gold, $2,995
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