Amber, just like pearls, has long been considered outdated; at least, in the eyes of modern generations. It used to be deemed a relic of the past or a trinket from a grandma’s jewelry box that has no chance to be called stylish and fashionable. But is it fair to call it antediluvian today? Absolutely not! Amber jewelry opened a completely new page in its history, and this page is about glory and fascination. Now, looking at the sunny stone, there is no shadow of a doubt that amber is one of the major trends. Yet, it takes some effort to look stylish when rocking the fossilized resin, so get ready for a couple of fashion tips.
But before we talk about fashion matters, let us explain what things set amber apart from other gemstones.
Amber’s Unique Properties
Amber is a piece of hardened tree resin. Despite its organic origin, it lends myriads of colors and shades. Today, the amber mining industry distinguishes more than 300 types of amber depending on the degree of transparency, color, and processing complexity.
Every amber stone consists of carbon (80%), hydrogen (10%), and oxygen (10%). Unlike other gems, purity doesn’t play a pivotal role and it is not at all an indicator of quality. Clearer doesn’t mean better for the Baltic stone. It is not uncommon to find insects stuck in resin, and these natural inclusions make the gem even more expensive and unique.
Hands down, amber is a beautiful stone but its healing properties cannot be overlooked either. The resin of coniferous trees contains a huge amount of minerals and aromatic compounds, which have a beneficial effect on the body. It is believed that amber jewelry helps relieve headaches, normalizes blood pressure, and mitigates the negative impacts of magnetic storms.
Amber Jewelry for Men
It is generally accepted that amber is an adornment for the fair sex. However, modern fashion breaks all gender stereotypes. Today, you will not surprise anyone with masculine amber jewelry. Men used to wearing amber beads for millennia, and only a few centuries ago, the civilized world came up with an unspoken ban on the usage of amber in men’s jewelry items.
Well, it is the 21st century, and it means that it’s high time to go back to the roots and boldly utilize the sunny stone as an embellishment for your ensembles. But to avoid looking old-fashioned or campy, make sure to stick to a few friendly tips.
Shape and Color
Cufflinks, tie clips, and watch bands are popular accessories in the business environment. Office dressing style doesn’t really accept excessive ornamentation, rhinestone inlays, and an overabundance of precious stones. It doesn’t, however, mean that this style is boring and uninspiring. You can create a hip look but everything should be in moderation.
When it comes to jewelry with amber embellishment, your best friends are simple shapes (circle, square, or oval) and calm honey hues without noticeable inclusions. Ember goes well with sterling silver and wood and this combination is great for everyday ensembles.
If you’re putting together a look for a special occasion, party, or gala event, vibrant colors and luxury materials will propel the luxury quality of your look to further heights. In this case, we recommend cognac hues in amber alongside white and yellow gold for jewelry settings.
Unity of Style
In terms of jewelry compatibility, the rule of thumb dictates that every separate piece harmoniously coexists with other elements of your style. This means that if you pick cufflinks and a tie clip adorned with amber, their color, texture, and style should match one another.
A really good tie clip should not draw attention to itself. If everyone is staring at it, then you made a mistake in picking your accessories. It’s worth focusing interest on your body ornaments only when they feature corporate imagery (such as a company logo). In this case, your tie should be of a solid color and classic shape.
If you enjoy bold, colorful, and original ties, they require a rather restraint accessory. Small discreet inlays and a refined shape are more than enough to make the right impression.
Accessories for Bold Looks
While ember is felicitous even for the most formal outfits, it is perfectly fine for informal and casual environments. Men’s amber rings, bracelets, and necklaces look absolutely stunning with plain tees, button-down shirts, ripped jeans, denim, and even leather. The best way to wow the crowd is to pick, for instance, a rosary-style bracelet and combine it with a ring housing an amber stone of the same color. But don’t overdo with accessorizing – if you add a necklace or earrings to these items, your look may quickly turn from hot to not. The best way to refresh your look without going overboard is to introduce either a single showstopper piece or a couple of items but of smaller size and impact.