First Look: New Men’s Jewelry From John Varvatos x Gurhan



If you’re looking to add a men’s jewelry line to your collection, the spring 2019 collection coming out from menswear designer John Varvatos is worth considering for two reasons. Number one: It bears the name of a major name in men’s fashion. The second very good reason is that the line is produced by Gurhan, right in the well-known jewelry brand’s workshop in Istanbul, where it is also personally overseen by founder/master jeweler Gurhan Orhan himself.

John Varvatos cuffs necklace and ring
Dog tag necklace, $498; bracelet stack, $498–$1,198 each; and skull ring, $298

These two facts may be all some customers need to know: In effect, the tough-luxe cuffs, cufflinks, dog tag necklaces, signet rings, and other pieces offer cool factor and cachet backed up by high-quality craftsmanship. And there’s the credibility that comes with one fine jewelry brand’s long-standing reputation for hand-hewn textures and expert layering of silver with 24k gold, whether it’s a streamlined stacking ring or a fluid triple-hoop earring.

In other words, though Gurhan is technically the licensee, this isn’t a situation where a fashion label is trading on name recognition and everything gets sort of watered down.

The John Varvatos capsule launched last fall, the result of a design collaboration that developed naturally between Varvatos and Gurhan after they met a year and a half ago. The two quickly discovered that their aesthetics and life philosophies were simpatico. They also found that they shared a strong interest in artisanal craftsmanship, not to mention a deep a love of rock music and the style associated with it.   

John Varvatos silver feather jewelry
Feather cuff,  $698; necklace, $658; and ring, $298

The new spring 2019 collection is lead by Varvatos’s trademark rebel spirit, reflected in the line’s organic gemstones, talisman necklaces, and skull motifs.

John Varvatos cuff
Brass rivet cuff, $628
John Varvatos leather bracelet
Black leather rivet cuff, $658
John Varvatos coin necklace
Coin necklace, $498

The 100 pieces, along with some must-see carryovers, will debut at this this year’s Centurion show, which takes place in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jan. 26–30. The line is currently carried in Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and in John Varvatos boutiques.

John Varvatos turquoise cuff
Not new: This turquoise cuff ($1,998), but it was just too major to not show it.

Top: Men’s turquoise bracelet cuff, $1,698; bracelet, $298; necklace, $398; and cufflinks, $458

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