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Diamond rings on men? Experts say extravagant jewelery for males is a growing trend

For many celebrities, a glittering diamond ring or dazzling necklace can add a touch of Hollywood glamor to their outfits.

And now experts have revealed that it’s not just female stars who are partial to a bit of bling – with more men snapping wearing their favorite jewelery, expensive watches and statement piercings.

Sportsman Cristiano Ronaldo can often be seen wearing his favorite dazzling jewels on Instagram.

Meanwhile heartthrobs like Paul Mescal, Harry Styles and Rege-Jean Page have all worn glittering pieces over the last few months.

New-York based gem expert, Julia Hackman Chafe, told Femail that while male jewelery is nothing new, it is becoming more visible across society.

Gem expert Julia Hackman Chafe (pictured) shared her thoughts on the growing popularity of men’s jewelery in the mainstream, and how it has been impacted by celebs like Ronaldo

She explained: ‘Men have worn jewelry since the beginning of time. In fact, men NOT wearing jewelery is only a fairly recent trend.

‘Male jewelery has definitely been on the rise in the high end market for some time now. I think this trend is finally bleeding into the lower end of the jewelery market,’ she said.

‘I think men like Ronaldo, Timothee Chalamet, Drake and even Brad Pitt have pushed the trend into the mainstream’.

‘All of society’s heartthrobs are covered in gems!’

Cristiano Ronaldo, the most followed man on Instagram, has also shown off his expensive bling, wearing a women’s engagement ring which is believed to be worth £200,000.

And the trend has even trickled down to this season of Love Island…when almost every man wore a pearl necklace or silver chain.

Here FEMAIL reveals the stars who have opted to adopt a feminine jewelery box – and what their dazzling diamonds mean about them…

RINGS: PERSONALIZED JEWELS AND WOMEN’S ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Julia said that Harry Styles, who often wears personalized jewels including large H and S rings, has made men's jewelery 'hot'

Julia said that Harry Styles, who often wears personalized jewels including large H and S rings, has made men’s jewelery ‘hot’

Harry Styles, often credited with helping to bring some flair to the all-to-often drab menswear at galas and awards ceremonies, wore chunky statement rings to match his glitzy rainbow one piece at the GRAMMYs

Among the statement pieces he paired with his various looks were H and S initial gold rings and a large clear gemstone in one hand

Harry, often credited with helping to bring some flair to the all-to-often drab menswear at galas and awards ceremonies, wore chunky statement rings to match his glitzy rainbow one piece at the GRAMMYs

Experts previously predicted the footballer's extravagent ring could be worth £200,000 (pictured, in December 2020)

Experts previously predicted the footballer’s extravagent ring could be worth £200,000 (pictured, in December 2020)

He was the first spotted wearing the extravagant bling in 2019, when expert Dovi Fehler at London Jeweler valued the ring, which is likely to be custom-made

He was the first spotted wearing the extravagant bling in 2019, when expert Dovi Fehler at London Jeweler valued the ring, which is likely to be custom-made

A number of stars have been spotted wearing glittering jewels across their fingers in recent years.

And while celebrities like Meghan Markle may be best known for their personalized jewelery, a number of male A-listers have also taken to wearing the gems.

Harry Styles has become known for his unique style and his various looks at this year’s award shows did not disappoint.

Among the statement pieces he paired with the looks were H and S initial gold rings and a large clear gemstone in one hand.

On the other hand he styled miniature painting, pearl and a gold plated pinky ring. He also layered up a gold crucifix necklace and fine gold chain with pearls.

Julia told FEMAIL: ‘Harry Styles made men’s jewelery truly HOT!

‘I can’t believe it’s taken this long, but the world needs a heartthrob like Harry Styles to show everyone that men’s jewelery and men in pearls is not only a bad*** statement, it’s also super hot!

‘I want you to name me one woman you know who didn’t think Harry looked great – not possible!

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo, who is known for his ostentatious diamond studs, recently shared a snap with a huge yellow gemstone on his finger.

It’s an enormous cushion cut yellow canary engagement ring on his middle finger, surrounded by dozens of sparkling diamonds.

He was the first spotted wearing the extravagant bling in 2019, when expert Dovi Fehler at London Jeweler valued the ring, which is likely to be custom-made, at an astonishing £200,000.

He wore the jewel again for the Dubai Globe Soccer Awards in December 2020.

Julia posted a TikTok highlighting a huge gem on Ronaldo’s finger, and while the footballer isn’t known to be engaged, she says ‘I don’t care’ and that ‘I now think engagement rings on men are hot!’.

Julia said that from her experience working with jewelers as a gem wholesaler, she has seen first-hand the impact men like Ronaldo have had on the market.

She said: ‘I’ve definitely noticed an uptick in men’s eternity bands and stud earrings.

‘Just recently, one of our male clients was wearing a sapphire eternity band and diamond studs.

‘Although Ronaldo might help push the trend further, macho men wearing gemstones has been a trend for a while in the jewelry industry. Sometimes men want to have fun too!’

BROOCHES: DESIGNER JEWELS SET TO BECOME A RED CARPET STAPLE

Jay Z wore a Tiffany and Co Schlumberger Bird on a Rock Brooch

Host Trevor Noah wore a Cartier emerald brooch

Julia described brooches as the ‘the theme of men’s jewelery at the GRAMMYs’. Pictured: JAY-Z and Trevor Noah at the awards show

Rege-Jean Page wore Giorgio Armani to this year's BAFTAs, which he styled with a pair of Boucheron lapel pins

Rege-Jean Page wore Giorgio Armani to this year’s BAFTAs, which he styled with a pair of Boucheron lapel pins

Michael B Jordan and Paul Mescal were among the stars who wore designer brooches to various award shows earlier this year

Paul Mescal wore a huge leaf-shaped diamond pin on his lapel, with a diamond stud earring elevating his look even further

Michael B Jordan and Paul Mescal were among the stars who wore designer brooches to various award shows earlier this year (left and right)

While Harry’s style is always a standout, he was by no means the only star to go for eye-catching jewelery this awards season.

Julia says that male stars are increasingly opting for brooches for the red carpet, even labeling the item ‘the theme of men’s jewelery at the GRAMMYs’.

She said: ‘It’s time for men’s jewelery to be a red carpet staple.’

Jay Z wore a Tiffany and Co Schlumberger Bird on a Rock Brooch as he supported his wife, Beyonce, as she became the most-awarded artist in GRAMMYs history.

Host Trevor Noah wore a Cartier emerald brooch, while artist Steve Lacey wore a pearl one.

A nominee at the BAFTAs for his role in Aftersun, Paul Mescal wore a huge leaf-shaped vintage Cartier pin on his lapel, with a diamond stud earring elevating his look even further.

The Irish actor is no stranger to pulling off statement jewelery pieces.

The star first shot to fame in the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People – with his character’s silver chain necklace developing its own fanbase.

Paul won a BAFTA for his role in 2021 – and also wore a Cartier brooch then with a black Gucci suit.

Bridgerton actor Rege-Jean Page also opted fora Boucheron lapel pins as he attended this year’s Oscar ceremony.

He also wears a simple stud and silver ring on his index finger.

And he wasn’t the only star who wore a brooch to the Oscars – with Michael B Jordan donning a pair of rare Tiffany bird brooches and Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan also wearing diamond pins.

Jewelery historian Rachel Church, author of Brooches and Badges celebrities told The Guardian: ‘Male wearing brooches on the red carpet, particularly designs which read as more feminine, have a mildly transgressive feel, but they are really rediscovering a lost fashion.’

NECKLACES: FROM MACHINE GUN KELLY TO LOVE ISLAND

Among the stars who appear to indulge in dazzling diamond necklaces is Machine Gun Kelly, whose star is often a little out of the box

Among the stars who appear to indulge in dazzling diamond necklaces is Machine Gun Kelly, whose star is often a little out of the box

Love Island contestant Will Young regularly wears pearl necklaces

Love Island contestant Ron Hall regularly wears pearl necklaces

With pearl necklace wearers Will Young and Ron Hall seen as favorites to win the show, it is clear that jewelery for men is having its moment among a new generation

Back in 2021, a merchandiser for jewelery company Jared said he had noticed an upward trend in men wearing diamonds, and that he anticipated pearls coming in a big way.

But since then, stars have moved on – with many choosing to wear glittering diamonds around their necks instead.

Among the stars who appear to indulge in dazzling diamond necklaces is Machine Gun Kelly, whose fashion choices are often a little out of the box.

And while their jewelery is unlikely to be anywhere near as pricey, the Love Island boys this year appear to be wearing a lot more bling than in previous years.

Almost every man to appear on the show this year has accessorized their outfit with a pearl necklace or chain at some point.

And while the ITV show has moved away from its partnerships with cheaper, ‘fast fashion’ companies, it is still a key barometer of trends – with many of its cast aiming to show how stylish they are in the villa and coming out of it with brand deals.

With pearl necklace wearers Will Young and Ron Hall seen as favorites to win the show, it is clear that jewelery for men is having its moment among a new generation.

Julia says social media – in particular TikTok and Instagram – has only reinforced the male jewelery trend.

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