Byzantine Lattice Cuff & Other Cool Men’s Stuff
by Richard Yodis.
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA)
So much of my work is versatile enough to be worn by men and women, but I’ve been finding that men (in my experience, anyway) are somewhat hesitant to be caught browsing jewelry if they don’t see a confirmation that it’s made for men.
Even assuring them 75% of my designs are unisex (and that’s coming from myself, a fellow male), a seperate line that I labeled “men’s” is more readily purchased.
I challenged myself by reminding myself I wanted to clear the mens/women’s question in men’s minds, and decided to push my skill/craftsmanship as well by trying some new Chainmaille weaves.
The collection as a whole is classy but somehow subtle so it’s great for everyday or special occasions… And I intentionally made the series a bit darker, using more black and gunmetal in the pieces. This was my favorite piece, in light and dark (light: silver(matte);bright silver;; dark: gunmetal, silver, black)
I used the byzantine pattern, but broke each individual “unit” and staggered them in a lattice formation. The jumprings I used are very small but strong (5/32″ 18g).
… As a man, I know I can put a lot of strain on jewelry and never realize it, so the small thick rings, in combination with a dense weave, makes these bracelets look, and feel strong…. And from wearing one I made for myself, I can say they take a beating.
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