A guide to watches and jewellery There's now a wider choice of jewellery for men, thanks to the influence of American hip hop and rock culture. Celebrities such as Sean Combs have inspired many men to wear jewellery, from silver pendants to diamond ear studs, while music mogul Damon Dash's watch brand Tiret, with its signature dial adorned with diamonds, has become one of the most coveted accessories for Hollywood stars. For most men, jewellery usually means the traditional watch, sometimes cufflinks and/or a wedding band. But things are changing, says Martin Philip Yeung, co-founder of boutique Rock Candy. 'Guys here are more conservative, but it seems that a growing number of those in their 20s and 30s are experimenting with different styles such as rings and bracelets. Some bankers dress very differently outside work,' he says. Yeung equates wearing jewellery to fashion. 'It all has to do with how you express yourself. Some guys just don't care what they wear. They may stick with conservative styles such as polo shirts, while the fashion-conscious may opt for tight-fitted jeans with a Dior Homme top.' Louis Tan, managing director of Chrome Hearts in Hong Kong, says many people have a misconception that men's jewellery caters solely to rockers and bikers, when in reality there are many elegant and subtle options available. The key is choosing something that suits your personality and style. As a starting point, try on simple and classic styles before venturing to bolder and heavier pieces with more detail. For those who aren't used to wearing rings or bracelets, experiment with plain silver bands before trying pieces with more elaborate designs. For pendants, go for simple silver shapes strung on black leather cord instead of chunky chain necklaces. As for materials, experts say most men feel most comfortable wearing silver, although precious materials such as gold or coloured gemstones add texture and richness to a piece. Bernard Thomas, general merchandise manager for menswear at Lane Crawford, says choosing the right pieces takes a bit of practice - be it a pendant with a symbolic motif (such as a cross), or something personal. He says pendants with references such as gothic or medieval inspired themes are popular. He suggests belt buckles and wallet chains for those who aren't used to wearing jewellery. But would a belt buckle not be considered a fashion accessory rather than jewellery? 'As long as it's made by a jeweller, or if it comes in materials like silver, gold or gemstones, I would consider it jewellery,' says Thomas. When it comes to choosing a piece that suits you, experts agree that it takes a particular personality and confidence to carry off certain designs, such as pieces with a heavy metal look. Thomas says that most men would prefer wearing heavier pieces - regardless of their physical stature - to appear more masculine. Yeung says the key is to stop worrying about how people will perceive you, which is the main reason that deters men from trying bolder pieces. 'Many guys are afraid to wear jewellery because they're afraid of being laughed at or being judged,' he says. Consider your personal style, how the jewellery fits into your lifestyle and complements your wardrobe. Choose something that suits your personality instead of blindly following trends. Start out with silver. When it comes to jewellery for men, an open mind and confidence may be the best accessories. Shopping list Chrome Hearts G31-G32, G/F Prince's Building, Central; tel: 2810 6932. This Hollywood-based brand counts Karl Lagerfeld as one of its biggest fans. You can customise certain designs by special order. John Hardy Available at Lane Crawford stores in IFC Mall and Pacific Place; tel: 2118 2888. Bali-based John Hardy specialises in handmade silver jewellery and has an extensive selection for men. Rock Candy 1 Elgin St, Central; tel: 2549 1018. The place for rock-inspired and edgy designs, including dog tags and cross pendants. Ugo Cacciatori Available at Lane Crawford, IFC Mall, Central; tel: 2118 2888. This Italian brand makes a wide range of rock inspired pieces, from skull button cufflinks to sword pendants and double leaf linked wallet chains. Bottega Veneta The Landmark, Central, tel: 2973 0882. The selection for men includes their signature woven leather bracelets. Correction: The Kai-Yin Lo necklace pictured in last week's Putting on the Glitz was captioned incorrectly. The correct price is HK$83,000 and not HK$301,800 as printed. The error was introduced during the editing process.