Men's Fashion: the lords of the rings
The rediscovery of the timeless charm of the precious. How to choose and wear them.
Whether they are family or collectible pieces, affective or amorous gifts, vouchers linked to the fashion of the moment, the male jewels are experiencing a period of irrepressible ascent. They are closely linked to the personality of the wearer, they reveal their identity and - sometimes - their status. From the 'objets trouvés' of the Palaeolithic (teeth of animals, pieces of skeleton, pebbles brought as a talisman, to exorcise the dangers) to the present day, the precious have always been a constant in the history of humanity. Starting from wearing rings, to which personal or strictly private meanings are also linked.
THE MALE RINGS - Comfort, portability and aesthetic value are considered the essential characteristics of the male rings. Good practice, for those who wear them, is always to stick to a healthy balance: men with a rather slender body is advised not to choose jewelry and precious too heavy and heavy, especially after the age of thirty.
HOW TO WEAR - There are no pre-defined rules, you can choose to wear a ring on any of the fingers. Lately, they are seen on the thumb, especially if the other fingers are already occupied, or to keep the rest of the hand free. The index, it is known, serves to indicate, therefore it results of strong visual impact. It is preferable not to prefer models that are too bulky to wear to the medium, they would interfere with those present at the ring finger, usually always associated with sentimental status. Historically, the little finger was reserved for rings with the coat of arms or the seal linked to a belonging, back very popular.
MATERIALS - Everything is granted, free way to fantasy! We go from gold, in all its variants, to platinum (budget permitting), from silver to titanium, very light and resistant. Unbreakable and strong, practically indestructible, is tungsten. The wooden or ceramic rings are certainly inexpensive, but the latter, bumping into a hard surface, tend to break easily.
THE ICONS - Even the big names in fashion and luxury have focused their attention on jewels, characterized, for example, by the return of 'logomania'. Among the most famous and passionate celebrities and icons of the genre, musicians and rock stars such as Lenny Kravitz, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler or the designer Karl Lagerfeld, timeless reference in terms of style and lover of precious always.
APPOINTMENT - In Paris, the École des Arts Joaillieres, an exhibition and educational space by Van Cleef & Arpels, hosts for the first time the extraordinary collection of men's rings by the Yves Gastou antique dealer. The exhibition 'Bagues d'Homme' presents a selection of 500 rings ranging from the seventeenth-century specimens belonging to the Doge of Venice to those of American motorcyclists of the seventies, from models dating back to Ancient Egypt, to the vanities of the 1700s, to the proposals of contemporary artists. Until November 30th.