Friday, July 4, 2014

Colin checks out the latest in men's rings

William Llewellyn Griffiths. 


Everyone's favourite Melbourne man, Colin, has a look at the AMAZING rings of William Llewellyn Griffiths. 

Ring-a-ding-ding. Men's rings. One of the hardest things for a man to pull off but also one of the most rewarding, if done well.

Johnny Depp recently caused quite a stir when he was gadding around town with his new diamond engagement ring. There was a lot of internet heat about his feminine style ring however we all know Johnny Depp can do no wrong. In the picture below we see the interesting juxtaposition, that is actually quite fetching.

Johnny Depp flashing some major hand bling.


Interestingly enough The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was also by a man. The Archduke Maximilian of Austri awore it in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy. This then influenced those of higher social class and of significant wealth to give diamond rings to their loved ones.
However not all of us are royalty or Johnny Depp so a word of warning to men out there. If in doubt play it safe but not too safe, gawd dam it! The hard part is to find something that isn't too butch and doesn't look too cheap and nasty. My personal favourite jeweller is based in Melbourne, Metal Couture. Just look at this bad ass ship ring which I proudly wear for my day to day ain't no thang kind of life.
It's like inception, but with boats. 
Pow!


William Llewellyn Griffiths (prodigious name, prodigious jeweller) owner and designer in chief is truly exceptional and highly unique in his designs and I wholeheartedly commend his store to you. Which is situated on Gertrude street, in good old Fitzroy (if you pop buy look out for his in store cat!). Just look at this hourglass ring I have my eye on.


Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives. 


And the great thing is that many of his rings are stackable so you can mix and match...

Fully stacked.




He also has a great online catalogue for all the international playboys out there and an extensive range of jewellery for discerning female as well as male. 

Coming back to male engagement rings. What would I like best? Something vintage of course! Being a man of pretensions to grandeur and a recherche old world charm. And I think the Gimmal ring is perhaps the best of these. This style of ring was most popular during the enlightenment. This style of ring is more of a series of rings that overlap. They evolved to being two hands covering a heart, being very similar to a the Irish Claddagh ring.  

For the fashion-mister in your life. 

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