13 Cool and Sculptural Pieces of Jewelry to Gift This Father’s Day

Unique bracelets, necklaces, and more by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Lugano are perfect treasures to show one’s appreciation

Men’s jewelry is having a moment: The Iron Claw actor Jeremy Allen White sported a Jean Schlumberger by Tiffany Bird on a Rock brooch to the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Trevor Noah donned a version of the same iconic style for the Grammy Awards. Bad Bunny hit the Oscars red carpet clad in Cartier, while Colman Domingo chose pieces from David Yurman’s new High Jewelry collection.

Considering the vast array of choices now available—and Father’s Day looming on June 16—now is the perfect time to eschew the traditional gifts for Dad in lieu of something unexpected, but sure to delight. These sculptural designs require no sizing, so they’re easy to buy, but their timeless style also make them easy wear. Future heirlooms, they readily go from the boardroom to the beach bar to the bleachers, making them a sartorial win for father’s everywhere.

Cartier Juste un Clou necklace. Photo: Courtesy Cartier

1. Cartier Juste un Clou Necklace

Designed by the legendary Aldo Cipullo, who was also the visionary behind Cartier’s iconic Love bracelet, the first Juste en Clou (French for “just a nail”) piece debuted in 1970. The collection has grown over the decades to include every style of jewelry imaginable, with or without diamonds. This Juste en Clou necklace stylistically ups the ante with a very on-trend open link chain. 

Ray Griffiths South Sea Pearl and Finial bracelet. Photo: Courtesy Ray Griffiths

2. Ray Griffiths South Sea Pearl and Finial Bracelet

With this mixed materials design, New York-based jeweler Ray Griffiths has created a perfect, go-with-anything piece for a dad who is ready to become more bracelet adventurous. Pearls remain a trend for men, and the South Seas variety Griffiths chose for this design boast beautifully organic forms that stand as a nice counterpoint to the oxidized silver chain and 18k yellow gold Crownwork finial. It’s also timely, as pearl is one of the June birthstones.

David Yurman Cable Edge huggie earrings. Photo: Courtesy David Yurman

3. David Yurman Cable Edge Huggie Earrings

For a certain generation of dads, it’s all about the single diamond earring. For another, one in each ear. And for yet another, it’s all about a huggie. In this category, David Yurman has considered (and covered) every lobe. The cable edge of this particular design, available in 18k yellow gold or sterling silver, is a quite literal and playful twist on a simple small hoop. 

Amedeo cap with Athena cameo. Photo: Courtesy Amedeo

4. Amedeo Cap with Athena Cameo

Amedeo Scognamiglio is a master of taking the historical and making it modern. He’s the sixth generation member of his family to carry on the cameo carving tradition, founded by his great-great-great grandfather in Torre del Greco, Italy in 1857. Over the years he coaxed his family into acknowledging that in addition to the expected classical motifs, there was indeed a market for cameos with skulls, snakes, and even dogs. They adorn everything from rings to bracelets to cufflinks—and now, baseball caps. While many styles are offered, this option bears a cameo with the hand-carved likeness of Athena, encircled with sterling silver.

John Hardy Colorblock choker. Photo: Courtesy John Hardy

5. John Hardy Colorblock Choker

John Hardy is thriving under the direction of of Reed Krakoff, who joined the brand as Creative Chairman two years ago after a great run at Tiffany & Co. Earlier this year, he launched the brand’s first cohesive men’s collection of incredibly wearable styles, including this colorblock choker. The version shown here is crafted from a mix of sterling silver, lapis lazuli, and Blue Lace agate bead, while other styles utilize Red Jasper and Tiger Eye. 

TENTHOUSANDTHINGS Emerald Crystal Bead bracelet. Photo: Courtesy TENTHOUSANDTHINGS

6. Ten Thousand Things Emerald Crystal Bead Bracelet

Up the ante on Dad’s bracelet stack with beads. Not the ubiquitous yoga beads you’ve seen everywhere, but emeralds, darling. Just the right amount, strung on an 18k-gold chain bracelet, crafted by Ron Anderson and David Rees of Ten Thousand Things. While some jewelers’ designs are made by others, Anderson and Rees can be found at the bench in their West Village workshop, located behind their gem of a boutique. Over 30 years they’ve developed a loyal following (including actress Julianne Moore), who can’t resist their soulful unisex pieces that stand out in a crowded market.

Tateossian Fern Lapel Pin. Photo: Courtesy Tateossian

7. Tateossian Fern Lapel Pin

Brooches definitely dominated men’s red carpet looks this past award season. But not all dads have the opportunity to rock an over-the-top diamond number on the daily. Perhaps a more demure lapel pin can be easier to work into his everyday wardrobe. This Fern design by Robert Tateossian, who’s been in the business for over three decades, is an effortless introduction to the category. It will seamlessly transition from denim jacket to evening black tie. 

Louis Morais Cable Zip Tie bracelet. Photo: Courtesy Louis Morais

8. Louis Morais Cable Zip Tie Bracelet

Those in the know head to Miami-based Louis Morais for his pieces with a “casual rock-and-roll” vibe, touch of irreverence, and cheeky humor. This bracelet was inspired by a mundane object, yet when realized in precious metals like 14k yellow, white, or rose gold, it embodies all of the attributes above. 

LV Trainer Strass necklace. Photo: Courtesy Louis Vuitton

9. LV Trainer Strass necklace

Louis Vuitton has taken their ever-popular sneakers and reimagined them as fun pendants that are a slam-dunk gift for the sport and/or streetwear obsessed Dad. It’s definitely an attention-grabbing addition or lighthearted introduction to his current casual neck curation. 

Bulgari Serpenti Viper bracelet. Photo: Courtesy Bulgari

10. Bulgari Serpenti Viper bracelet

The first Bulgari Serpenti piece debuted 76 years ago and since it has become an icon of the fine jewelry house. Over the years the design has evolved, with various iterations from bold ‘look-at-me’ diamond-encrusted styles to those that are a bit on the quieter side. This bracelet—a contemporary, elegant evolution of the brand’s iconic serpent motif, realized in 18k white gold—sits firmly the latter category.

Hermes Destrier Bolo Tie necklace. Photo: Courtesy Hermes

11. Hermès Destrier Bolo Tie necklace

Leave it to Hermès to capture the current trend for all things Western in a way that’s modern, stylish, and exceedingly wearable. Their nod to the cowboy (or equestrian, if you prefer) universe is crafted of horn, leather, and lacquered metal. This soigné bolo tie necklace will undoubtedly stand the test of time, and trends. 

Tiffany Titan by Pharrell Williams bracelet. Photo: Courtesy Tiffany & Co

12. Tiffany Titan by Pharrell Williams Bracelet

Tiffany & Co.’s first collection by multi-hyphenate Pharrell Williams is called Titan, inspired by the mythological Poseidon, god of the sea, and his trident. Amongst the offerings, this edgy bracelet is a standout. Made using titanium and 18k yellow gold, its enhanced with .48 carats of fishtail-set pave diamonds, plus a clever finishing touch: the clasp is hidden amongst the links.

Lugano Hexagon Mismatch Cufflinks. Photo: Courtesy Lugano

13. Lugano Hexagon Mismatch Cufflinks 

A pair of cufflinks is a must-have, even if shirts with French cuffs or black tie affairs are not a part of Dad’s normal life. Chances are he’s held on to a perfectly fine set left over from his own nuptials or another milestone event, however, it never hurts to upgrade. These stunning mismatched pieces by Lugano are crafted using white gold, diamond, and onyx.


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