Jul 032012
 

Mens rings and rings in general, have traditionally been seen as an outward symbol of allegiance or authority. A king would grant his approval by stamping the insignia seal with his royal ring. A married man tells the world his ‘taken’ status and a college ring signifies identity with the Alma Mater or a team. While rings are all of one shape (circular) to fit the finger, the exterior finishes, etchings, and designs vary from ring to ring. In Modern times, there are a lot of cool rings for men that not only hold significance but also communicate style and fashion, and the options can seem endless. Shopping around can really help you see the variety of rings out there, but once you have found a designer or unique seller that you like, stick with them. When shopping around for a ring, select one that fits your style, and delivers the message that you intend. That’s the essence of the calibrated male. That’s what I try and do at thecoolershade.com.

Brushed Steel Ring

Brushed Steel Ring

A popular material for Mens rings is steel or polished steel like stainless steel. Steel is an excellent choice in metal that is used in every field, from welding, engineering, and construction which testifies to its robust nature. Unlike precious metals such as gold and silver, which over time will change due to the softness of the metal, steel does not easily scratch, bend, or dent. Steel is rigid, and will hold its shape for years without warping. Mens steel rings can also be finished to have an exterior color like a white-gold, platinum, or silver. The exterior can also be overlaid with a darker contrasting color or resin on the design which will serve to show class as well as catch someone’s eye. Cool rings for men are often made of steel with different designs and they are inexpensive while communicating style and class.

Tribal Steel RIng

Tribal Steel RIng

Mens rings for the post modern world almost always include an interesting design or pattern on them. For an earthier or nature-like appearance, celtic-inspired designs are a great choice. Traditional symbols, simple or elaborate such as cross steel rings, or the yin yang steel ring are very popular as are more abstract designs such as lightning bolts and wavy lines that catches the eye. Other earth-inspired designs have a Greek design. Greek artwork has a classical and timeless appeal that lends its wear a look of refinement and taste. The shapes are bolder than Celtic designs and communicate strength and steadiness that all cool rings for men should have. If you want a more extreme or hardcore look, then you’ll want to go with tribal inspired artwork on a plain or resin finished ring. Tribal designs have somewhat languid lines that end in pointed places that could be on the cover of your favorite rock album. The finish can be black resin with a silver design, but a silver finish with a black design is just as popular.

Yin Yang Steel Ring

Yin Yang Steel Ring

The ring’s thickness and width can also be an important part of selecting the ring. If you have larger hands, smaller bands will look out of proportion to your fingers and build. In this case choose thicker bands for a better match. The same goes if your hands are smaller. Thinner fingers and smaller hands are a better fit with thinner bands. Mens rings with thicker bands will look out of place on thin fingers, making the wearer look like the ring isn’t theirs or was borrowed from a friend. Try on a few rings and see which band looks best, this will give you an idea of what the appropriate thickness will be. All rings available at thecoolershade.com are neither large nor small. They are a blend of size, width and style designed to give the manly look yes not be too large as to look grotesque.

Cool rings for men communicate both identity and status and can be a topic of interesting conversation when meeting new people.

Jun 252012
 

Social venues are great places to mix and mingle with people. Whether it be a mixer or just a night out at a crowded bar, it’s important that a calibrated male makes the right impact on the world around him. The way people respond to you is determined by what you project outwards. While your inner self will shine based on your conversation, wearing a cool accessory will make you stand out. When you’re interacting with someone, your face will be the first thing they notice, and then when their gaze moves downward, they’ll have to pass by your neck. What you choose to put here will make a deep impact on how people will perceive you. The right mens pendant will have them see you in all the right ways, and the wrong one could have you pegged as a try hard. Below are some guidelines and tips for choosing cool mens pendants and the right pendant for each occasion and style. Thecoolershade.com store offers a variety of pendants including Steel pendants, Bone pendants and a wide selection of Pewter pendants.

Steel Pendant

Mens pendants are made from many varieties of material. However, if you stick to rugged material like steel, tungsten, pewter, and bone, you can make a statement without having to rob the bank. More expensive ones can also be made from sterling silver, silver, or gold, but we’ll stick with steel, pewter, and bone for now. Steel pendants are a great choice for a man who is hard on his clothes and jewelry. Stainless steel is durable metal alloy that maintains well despite the wear and tear that softer metals like gold find difficult to handle. Their finish is scratch resistant, unlike gold which will gain a “buffed” look over time. Steel pendants can be finished with a gold-like or silver-like polished look on the outside that can strongly mimic precious metals. These obviously cost a fraction of the price and you can have the look of a precious metal without having to pay a premium. Polished or matted Steel pendants are the right choice for a formal, semi-formal, or casual occasion and dress. They can be worn with virtually any shirt. Coupling it with a braided leather necklace or a steel chain can add the right touch and gives the wearer a distinct look.

Pewter Pendants

Pewter is another great choice for a material in a mens pendant. Pewter pendants are made of metal alloys as well but have a much different touch and feel than the steel pendants. They are generally 90% tin, a soft malleable metal, and 10% copper or another soft metal. Pewter was originally used to make many things in the middle ages, but glass soon over took it. Now pewter is a highly popular metal for making jewelry because of its unique finish and interesting designs. Being made of a softer metal is conducive to the making of men’s pendants that have more detail without sacrificing the rugged look. Pewter pendants are an absolute favorite among makers of pendants with meaning. Pewter pendants also have varying colors on the metal. They can have a bluish hue to it which makes it very attractive to some men. For cool pendants for men that can cross the dress lines, just like steel, pewter is a good option. Pewter also has an earthy look that dresses up plain jeans and a very cool shirt. Coupled with braided leather necklaceor a leather chain adds the right touches and gives the wearer an earthy yet fashion forward look.

Bone Pendant

Bone Pendant

Bone pendants have become some of the most popular of mens pendants. They give the wearer a cool, causal, and laid back appearance that has been dominating men’s fashion. For cool pendants for men made out of bone, look for natural or religious symbols. The bone can be carved into crosses, peace symbols, and other forms representing the natural or religious world, but the bone can also be cut into a square and have symbols either carved or painted on to the surface. Bone pendants should be worn with a natural material band and closer to the throat than a chain. Small wooden beads on the leather to hemp band make this men’s pendant more interesting and a great addition into your casual style. No wonder the surfer culture has adopted this type of adornment. Unless you’re wearing it as a talisman or for a particular individualized look, a leather chain may not make a huge difference in the impact that you make.

With all these choices you can’t go wrong. Whether it be for a date or just a neat party you’re attending, make that statement with a cool mens pendant. Don’t be surprised if that the demure thing in the corner picks up the courage to ask you about the interesting pendant you’re wearing. After all, you *are* giving her a conversation starter aren’t you?

Jun 192012
 

I have seen them, I have admired them and I have worn them and it’s easy to see that Mens wristbands and bracelets are incredibly popular and diverse. Men wearing metal cuffs, leather tied together, and even semi-precious metal chains have all graced the covers of today’s popular men’s magazines. The varying types give every man a chance to find something that is right for him, regardless of fashion sense. Like pendants, wristbands come in many different materials, but the top four choices always end up being leather, rubber, steel, and stainless steel. What I am going to talk in the rest of this post is the differences and advantages of each type. When it comes to wristbands, finding, matching and wearing cool wristbands for men has never been easier.

Leather Bracelet

Leather articles are incredibly popular among men and women, and have been for decades. You can choose real leather or a synthetic (faux leather), and both have similar benefits. Leather wristbands can be very simple with a few different tones of leather or different colors of cord combined with leather. They can also be more ornate with complex tying or stitching, along with pendants made of bone or wood, acting as the focal point. Mens wristbands made of leather are credibly durable since leather stretches, and they are also more low-key than a shiny metal. Leather wristbands are a great choice for school, work, the bar, or a date. A cool leather wristband tells her that you are not afraid of standing out while blending in at the core. They do however have a casual appearance to them, so they usually aren’t worn with a suit or for a formal occasion.

Steel Bracelet

Steel Bracelet

For formal occasions, stainless steel wristbands are a much more appropriate choice. Stainless Steel mens wristbands come in varying sizes, shapes, and styles. Cool wristbands for men made of steel with a broad leather or faux leather base are a popular addition that gives the wearer a more “rocker” look and feel. Stainless steel is a tough metal that resists scratching. Men in high-impact professions should consider this option because of its rigidity and toughness. Unlike gold or silver, steel is a hard metal that does not bend or dent as easily. The key to picking out a steel wristband is finding a design that is right for you. Most of them have an edgy pattern like a tribal arrow, a cross, or more extreme like skulls or scorpions. Regardless of your personal taste, a steel men’s wristband is a cool addition to have and will make your appearance more appealing.

Steel Bracelet

Steel-Rubber Bracelet

For more of a blend between business and causal, think of bracelets that combine a black rubber-like plastic band and a stainless steel pendant. The trendier look is a simple steel bracelet that is girded with durable rubber that can be worn with almost anything. The durable rubber gives more stretch than leather, and some men find it more comfortable. The sleek black appearance also dresses it up, making it the choice of young executives “on their way to the boardroom”. Although there are several very stylish options, the leather wristband gives off the more casual look that says “on the way to a day at the beach”. Cool wristbands for men made from steel and rubber come with varying interlocking designs. Like steel bracelets, they are an edgier option but can be worn with anything. Some men also like the wristbands with more metal or a linked band that is part rubber and part metal, instead of just solid rubber. The linked ones give it a classier feel. Rubber and steel mens wristbands are indeed comfortable and durable and they have numerous options in matching pendants and ready to fit into any particular style or occasion.

Jun 112012
 

In the last couple of decades, there has been an enormous increase in attention given to men’s fashion. The attitudes of people towards men’s clothes and shoes has not only changed, but has moved towards being socially accepted, and in some cases a social requirement, for men to understand and know what clothes look good on them and what clothes do not. Perhaps even more so than a man’s clothes and shoes, their accessories are gaining a lot of attention from designers, men’s magazines, and women (especially women). And while some men have an ease to selecting wristbands, pendants, rings, belts, or chains, there are others who might feel as not as adequate in making such choices. But that’s why I started this blog. It is aimed towards the calibrated male who knows and deliberately chooses the impact he makes on the world. So if you have ever wanted an overall picture of the basic men’s accessories then you have come to the right place. This article will give you a small breakdown and a guideline of which of these is the best for you, and which ones shouldn’t go out to the bar with you.

Mens Rings

Mens Rings

First off–rings. Your hands are almost always visible. They will be covered by gloves when winter comes or if you ride a motorcycle, but *only* while you’re outside. Long-sleeve tees, sweaters, jackets, etc., will always leave your hands out in view. And with the slew of women’s magazines writing articles on “what his hands say about him” or “the way he holds his drinks tells you how he’ll hold you” have women taking a great deal of time gazing or inspecting your hands. Wearing rings will give your hands a little more taste and refinement. One general rule for rings–don’t go crazy. If your Nana wears a ring on each finger, don’t follow her lead. Wear one on each hand, or just one. And avoid the left’s ring finger if you’re single. With an increase in wedding bands being tungsten, any ring can be seen as a wedding ring if it’s on that finger. While thecoolershade.com has many inexpensive stainless steel rings to chose from there are other sites that offer both precious and base metal rings.

Mens Pendants

Mens Pendants

The area that will get more attention than your hands is your neck. A prospective mate always looks at you face and their gaze will then trail downwards from there. Pendants and chains can go with a lot of different styles, and they give your appearance more class and sophistication. Picking a chain and a pendant can be difficult, but there are a few simple guidelines when selecting to give you the best look for your buck. For high collared shirts like turtlenecks or sweaters, wear a thicker chain and a larger pendant. If the collar is a V-neck style, wear one that is thinner and the pendant is smaller since part of it will be resting on your skin. A V-neck with a very thick chain and heavy pendant can look a little over the top, and a thinner chain and smaller pendant will not stand out on the thick fabrics of sweaters. Thecoolershade.com offers a variety of pendants such as Steel pendants, Bone pendants and a wide selection of Pewter pendants.

Mens Wristbands

Mens Wristbands

The final accessory is wristbands. Whether they are made of leather, metal, or plastic, wear one that fits the clothes you have on. After someone has checked out your hands, they will go up a little bit to focus on whatever is on your wrists. For causal looks like tee shirts and shorts, you can wear any kind of wristband. But if you’re going to go or a formal or business causal look, stick with a metal, semi-precious or precious. Leather and plastic wristbands give the look a more “dress downed” appearance and will clash with a suit or business attire. Thecoolershade.com has a cool collection of mens wristbands that convey both the casual as well as business professional.

Either way, remember that the calibrated male needs to have more in his closet than just clothes. And since your appearance is the first thing someone notices, make it count. Pendants, chains, wristbands, and rings are going to give your look an edge that will not only garner a second look from an interested passerby but may also attract your potential mate.

Nov 032009
 

Men have always loved to wear adornments. Men’s Pendants, necklaces, fashion bracelets, chains and rings have shown up in ancient cultures that predates civilization. The first adornments were worn by the Cro-Magnons, ancestors of Homo sapiens. Their adornments included crude necklaces, pendants and bracelets made of bone, teeth and stone, held together with animal sinew. Some of these fashion accessories had practical uses such as pinning of clothes together. However, even in those days these adornments were not only decorative, but also communicated status as well. In our society today, modern art men’s jewelry is known both for its material as well as for its artistic ingenuity, where the art is often valued more than the material.

That’s what this blog is all about. Men’s fashion and accessories. No, I am not an elitist or a person who knows all about fashion, but I wear pendants and rings and wristbands to enhance the calibrated look that I am going for. Join me.

To get a good feel for the kind of jewelry that I wear check this out. These are the looks that get noticed. Stylish accessories for men. The Jewelry for men collection includes Cool Pendants for Men, Mens stainless steel pendants, pewter pendants, Surfer style bone pendants, stainless steel rings, stainless steel chains, stainless steel bracelets, rubber bracelets, leather bracelets, fashion bracelets,leather necklaces, and many other contemporary designs at incredibly low prices. Understand that as the calibrated male, you care about the impact that you make on the world around you, and we will take that journey and help each other make that statement.

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