Jewellery for men is nothing new. Kings and nobility have been bejewelling themselves for centuries and its perfectly common to see a guy with a simple wedding band on his finger (although which hand he wears it on is a matter of some contention). Yet decorative jewellery is not nearly as popular now as it once was… but that might all be changing.

So, if you decide that a bit of jewellery might be for you, here are some tips.

Metal matching
In general, there are two colours of metal jewellery – silver and gold, though occasionally you might come across a coppery colour as well. Regardless, there is one basic rule – match your metals. As with anything in fashion, any rule is there to be broken, but if you’re going for a clean and classy look, you’ll want all of you jewellery to be the same colour. All silver would be my preference, as you can have quite a lot of it and it will still not look like overkill. Gold, on the other hand, can get a bit over the top with just a few items. And don’t forget about your watch, either. It’s just as much a piece of jewellery as anything else, so you should try to match it as well. If you really want to mix metals, it’s advisable to at least keep each colour on its own hand, gold on one, silver on the other.

Statement rings are starting to come back into fashion, but they still aren’t particularly common. As such, wearing one, or more, definitely does make a statement. Which finger you wear a ring on and how many you wear both affect the way that the jewellery will be perceived.

Rings on the little finger are the traditional statement piece, usually reserved for large signet rings and the like. It is, in my opinion, the finger in which a ring will draw the most attention, so make sure you chose a piece that you love and that you will be absolutely confident in wearing.

The ring finger is almost always used for a wedding band or some similar piece that denotes your relationship, so that’s something to be aware of.

The middle finger, index finger and thumb are all good choices for fashion rings, with the middle finger being the safest option to draw the least attention.

As for how many? Well, that is very much up to you, frankly. Personally, in order to keep things clean and understated, I would keep it to two per hand and avoid having two rings next to each other, keeping one empty finger between rings. However, breaking these rules will work wonderfully with other styles of dressing, so make the most of it.

Match your metals (as always) and, on the whole, avoid wearing them in the same arm as a wristwatch. If dressing smart, you’ll want thin and tight fitting bracelets, any other time, pretty much whatever you want.

Tie bars
Try to match metals, but don’t worry about it too much. Tie bars are great for sprucing up a smart casual outfit, making it look smart, or for adding a bit of flare to a formal suit.

Cuff links
The main thing here is that they match the tie bar in metal, rather than the rest of your jewellery. These are an absolute must for the most formal events when you’re wearing a double cuffed shirt, otherwise the cuffs will just unravel.

Pocket watches
Not technically jewellery perhaps, but worth a mention. They should only be worn when you’re also wearing a waistcoats and should never be worn when also wearing a wristwatch. Two watches is too many watches. The colour of the chain matters more here than the colour of the watch itself, so try and match that if you can. Keep the watch in the waistcoat pocket on your dominant side and hang the chain through on of the vests button holes. The chain should fall in an arc that falls down from the button, before flicking upwards towards the pocket, but the bottom of the arc must not be lower than the bottom of the waistcoat itself.