The traditional (but very stereotypical!) view of guys and girls has always been ‘the brawn’ and ‘the beauty’ … or in some cases, ‘Beauty and the Beast’! Luckily nowadays the lines between the stronger sex and the fairer sex are starting to blur … and us girls can appreciate our boyfriends, husbands, brothers, Dads and friends’ general good looks much more easily. Men’s jewellery is becoming more popular as men in general start to pay more attention to their presentation … so what better time to start building up your man’s collection than his birthday? Today we check out some of the newest, hottest and generally most appropriate men’s jewellery gifts for guys born in August.
August belongs to two groups of men – those born from the 1st to the 23rd are Leos, ruled by the heart and signified by the colour orange, and metal of gold. From the 24th onwards, Virgo rules – these men’s signature colour is blue, and when it comes to men’s jewellery blue doesn’t get much deeper, stronger and more beautiful than that found in lapis lazuli. It is especially striking when set against a background of blacker-than-black onyx and sparkling brilliant cut diamonds, as in the cufflinks at the beginning of the article. The base metal is a delicious white gold, and the diamond weight is a decent .31ct altogether. They are definitely a luxury item, but if you a special birthday coming up (or an ordinary birthday for a special guy!), they are the perfect gift.
If you’re looking for something in a more affordable price range, the Hot Diamonds jewellery blue cubic zirconia and sterling silver cufflinks at right are just as suitable for Virgos and guys born in August, but at a fraction of the price. The cufflinks are actually part of the Hot Diamonds Wedding collection, but they look fabulous set against a black or grey suit for both work and formal occasions. They are sterling silver based, but will look good for many years – the base metal has been rhodium plated for shine and tarnish-resistance.
We recently added a selection of Euro-fashion Italian Zoppini watches to our men’s watch collection – and this is one of the fun casual pieces from their range. The coloured chronograph sections on the face incorporate both Virgos and Leo’s signature colours (blue and orange), so this is a simple and easy gift for guys born anytime in August. With its black rubber band, bold numerals and colourful face, this makes a great weekend timepiece at a moderate price!
The Citizen watch beneath it is a sea diver’s watch, and while the dominant colour is black, it is almost as if it is swimming in its own little pocket of ocean at all times, with a subtle blue haze around the face. It’s made of tough stainless steel, and is perfect for those who like to spend their free-diving time looking at the ocean around them rather than fiddling with watch features! This is one of Citizen’s most affordable 200m water resistant divers watches, and also has a special Gilletts-only discount attached.
Leo guys are ruled by their heart … ad while you won’t actually want to be performing surgery to adorn their ‘hearts’ with jewellery, you can do the next best thing by grabbing a sleek, contemporary pendant to sit next to his heart . The D&G jewellery brand is a newcomer to the Gilletts family – this ID style dogtag pendant is a unisex design (so could almost be a gift for you, the giver, as well as your man!), and part of the niche D&G collection. It’s made of stainless steel and measures around 40mm long by 36 mm wide. The stainless steel chain you see in the picture is included, and since the product ships for free anywhere in the world what you see on that price tag is exactly what you get!
The black ceramic and stainless steel pendant by Rochet jewellery at right is another great choice for Leo August born men. Tough materials, masculine shaping and a very mechanical design make it the perfect piece for guys who’ve always passed over men’s jewellery before, thinking that ‘necklaces are for girls’ . Match it up with a black rubber necklace as you see in the picture, and you have the perfect pendant for casual weekend wear.
For Virgos, born on or after the 24th of August, their signature metal is Mercury … and while it isn’t actually possible to buy mercury jewellery (it’s be a little messy, to say the least!), you can get some of that ultra-smooth, liquid feel with pieces from the men’s Hot Diamonds jewellery range. The Paek diamond cufflinks at right are a great example of the highly polished sterling silver look from Hot Diamonds. Like many pieces from the range they are rhodium plated for an even higher shine and great tarnish resistance. They include two sparkling genuine white diamonds in their faces … very elegant!
Another reason that we love diamonds for August-born guys is that they are one of the alternative birthstones for the month – the Tibetan birthstone system of ‘Mystical ‘ stones recognizes diamonds as the signature stone for people born in August. Which is lucky, because otherwise August-born guys would miss out … there really isn’t much in the way of peridot jewelry for men, the traditional August birthstone! The Inori jewellery pendant at right is a neat and elegant choice for guys having a birthday in August – it’s a contemporary go-anywhere polished stainless steel piece at a great price.
Don’t let the man in your life miss out on looking his best … there is a huge range of men’s jewellery available now, for all tastes and budgets. If you want a hand picking out a special something, our shop assistants are usually available behind the Live Help link – don’t be afraid to ‘ding the bell’ and ask your question!