Are Chandelier Earrings Still In Style?

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Some classic jewelry styles will never go out of style because of their rich history. Chandelier earrings are one of the classic jewelry pieces still commonly found in modern times.

The history of chandelier earrings

Chandelier earrings are typically long and dangling earrings consisting of multiple tiers of suspended gemstones and beads. These earrings originated from the Middle East, India, and Greece. According to this article, unearthed examples of gold filigree chandelier earrings from Turkey date back to the third century B.C.

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After the age of British colonialism, chandelier earrings became popular in the West. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Western-made jewelry used gemstones imported from the East, so Eastern earring styles like chandeliers became the trend.

Are chandelier earrings still in style?

Definitely! Chandelier earrings are still in style after all this time. Nowadays, chandelier earrings can have a contemporary look based on the interests and preferences of people in today’s world.

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Whether you are an edgy girl that likes spike earrings, or a minimalist that always keeps streamlined shapes throughout your outfits and accessories. You can choose modern chandelier earrings to match individual outfits at any time and anywhere.

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Moreover, off-the-shoulder pieces are great Summer staples that can highlight your collarbone, neckline, and tanned shoulders. A pair of light and simple long earrings can keep clean lines and draw eyes up to the face.

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If you are looking for similar chandelier earrings, Alamode Fashion Jewelry offers gorgeous chandelier and dangle earrings in a multitude of styles. Feel free to take a look!

Are CZ Diamonds Real?


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CZ stands for cubic zirconia, which can be considered as an alternative to diamonds. However, many jewelry shoppers have some questions about CZ diamond’s value and quality. Let’s learn more about CZs and their differences between a real diamond.

What is cubic zirconia?

Cubic zirconia is a manmade mineral stone made of zirconium dioxide, and its features such as refractive index, dispersion, and hardness are very close to those of a natural diamond. Although cubic zirconia and a diamond appear similarly, they have very different mineral structures.

Is a cubic zirconia diamond real?

Cubic zirconia is real cubic zirconia and is a diamond simulant, not a real diamond. Diamonds are naturally found, but cubic zirconia is lab-created.

How can you tell the difference between cubic zirconia and diamonds? 

Although the look of CZs and diamonds may be similar, there are also key differences.

  1. Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond: Appearance

It’s not easy to tell a real diamond from a CZ when placed side to side. Many people think a diamond should have a crystal clear appearance, but natural diamonds often have a yellowish or brown tint. Moreover, natural diamonds have minor imperfections and flaws. These inclusions can only be identified under a microscope. On the other hand, cubic zirconia is more likely to be completely colorless and is often brilliant-cut and flawless. 

  1. Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond: Composition

Diamond is regarded to be the hardest known material in the world. So this is also a key to spot the difference. The composition of diamond is pure carbon in a crystalline structure. This structure contributes to the diamond’s sparkle and hardness. For the same size, cubic zirconia weighs more than diamonds because CZ is denser.

  1. Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond: Cost

The final sign is the price. Diamond usually cost way more than cubic zirconia, and the cost of a 1-carat diamond can range from $1,500 to $18,000. The price of a diamond varies depending on its cut quality, color, clarity, shape, size, etc. Some buyers also prefer choosing certified diamonds from institutions such GIA and AGS laboratories to avoid buying a fake diamond.

However, the process of obtaining a certificate is costly and time-consuming, and this cost will usually reflect on the retail price of the diamonds. If you don’t mind buying a diamond ring without a certificate, the best way to avoid any risks and issues is to shop with a reputable and trustworthy dealer.

Why should you choose cubic zirconia?

In addition to its very diamond-like appearance, wearers choose cubic zirconia simulated diamond rings for the following reasons:

  • Cost-saving: Not everyone can afford a real diamond or a large diamond, so cubic zirconia is a perfect alternative to a diamond ring as it looks gorgeous and no one will tell the difference.
  • Freedom from worry: People usually have to be very careful when wearing a diamond ring to keep it away from damage or getting lost. A cubic zirconia diamond ring can be a substitute for your precious diamond ring while doing your daily activities, so you can be free from worry.
  • Durability: There is no denying that diamond is the hardest mineral on earth. Diamond is rated 10 out of 10 according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Cubic zirconia has a hardness of 8, so it’s pretty durable and resistant to scratches so that you can wear it every day.

Versatility: Jewelry designs using cubic zirconia are as versatile as diamonds. There is a wide range of colors, styles, and cuts to select from. Whether you are looking for a solitaire CZ diamond engagement ring or a pavé setting wedding band, you can find all the high quality and designer inspired cubic zirconia diamond rings at Alamode Fashion Jewelry!

Which Rings Don’t Rust?

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As fashion jewelry makers, we are often asked about the quality of the materials we use. One of the most common questions is: which rings don’t rust?

Unlike noble metals like gold, most base metals may oxidize and corrode quite easily. The good news is that thanks to the advances in technology, several types of base metals can now last longer.

Let’s recap the metals that are most commonly used in the fashion jewelry industry, paying particular attention to their rust-resistant properties.

Do Copper Rings Rust?

Because of its reddish glow, copper has always been the first choice when it comes to artisan jewelry. Its properties make it a practical option, as well as a popular pick, for Native American jewelry. The benefits of copper include:

  • It is extremely easy to work with — the reason why, according to the Royal Society of Chemists, it was chosen millennia ago to create the first decorative items.
  • It is more affordable than gold and silver; however, it is still more expensive than alloys such as brass and bronze.

A few downsides should also be mentioned. Copper oxidizes over time, a process that results in a darkened color. It can also leave green marks on the skin, something that some people find unappealing (even though it isn’t a form of allergy).

Do Brass Rings Rust?

Costume jewelry enthusiasts are attracted by brass’s gorgeous gold-like color and affordable price. Brass is created by combining copper and zinc in different proportions. Different amounts of these two metals result in different properties and, according to the Copper Development Association, different colors (from golden yellow to red). 

There are a few reasons that make brass a great metal for jewelry:

  • It is ideal for creating jewelry from molds (casting), the most common technique to produce costume pieces.
  • It is a strong material, a characteristic that gives durability to costume jewelry products.
  • It does not contain precious metals, making it an affordable solution.

In general, brass may corrode and tarnish if not protected with finishes. It may also turn green over time depending on the copper content. To avoid this issue, a thin layer of clear lacquer is usually applied to brass items.

There are a few important safety considerations to keep in mind. Although most brass jewelry produced nowadays does not contain lead — which is toxic — lead might still be found in some vintage items. Nickel and aluminum may also be present, a reason to avoid it if you have metal allergies.

Do Silver Rings Rust?

Silver is a beautiful white metal and a budget-friendly alternative to white gold or platinum with malleability as one of its major traits. However, because it is so soft, you often will not find pure silver jewelry on the market. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver contains up to 7.5% of other metals, is the most widely available. Because it is 92.5% silver, sterling silver is often referred to as 925 sterling silver. Over time, air exposure will make 925 sterling silver tarnish. However, this tarnish can easily be polished away by hand or through over the counter silver cleaning solutions.

Silver-plated and silver-filled pieces — which feature a layer of silver on the surface — are also popular. In silver-plated items, this layer is very thin and extremely easy to damage. Silver-filled items are more durable thanks to a thicker layer of silver.

Do Gold Rings Rust?

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Versatility is what makes gold one of the most lovely metals among those used in jewelry. According to the American Museum of Natural History, its beauty has enchanted jewelry makers for ages, for several reasons:

  • Its malleability allows artists to create an almost endless amount of intricate designs.
  • It is available in several different tones, from the classic warm yellow to white or even rose.
  • It is one of the most precious — and thus expensive — metals in the world.
  • Except for some alloys — which can bother people with metal allergies — it is completely hypoallergenic. 
  • Pure gold never reacts with oxygen, meaning that it will not rust or tarnish.

Most jewelry, however, isn’t created from solid gold. The main reason is that it would be too soft to work with. That is why gold comes in different karats or purities depending on the properties required.

As a result of its high price, gold-filled or gold-plated pieces are also common. Similar to silver, the layer of gold in gold-filled items is much thicker than that of gold-plated ones.

Do Stainless Steel Rings Rust?

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Stainless steel has become a commonly used metal for fashion jewelry as it offers an affordable choice for wearers who love silver-toned jewelry. According to the British Stainless Steel Association, stainless steel is an alloy of iron with a minimum of 10.5% of chromium, plus other materials such as carbon, silicon, and nickel. 

People have started buying stainless steel jewelry because:

  • It does not stain, corrode, or rust.
  • Jewelry grade stainless steel such as TK316 is hypoallergenic.
  • It is easy to clean and durable.
  • Compared to precious metals, stainless steel is inexpensive so that you can wear it every day without worrying about losing it.

Which rings don’t rust?

Each material has its pros and cons. In general, the most rust and tarnish resistant rings are ones made of precious metals such as gold and platinum. The one exception is the rust-resistant but still affordable is stainless steel ring. When shopping for stainless steel jewelry, be sure to consider Tusk 316 surgical stainless steel which is specifically formulated to look brighter and less dull compared to other industrial stainless steel formulations. Click here to see our TK316 stainless steel rings.

Trashy or Classy? How to Wear Hoop Earrings

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Are hoop earrings trashy?

Hoop earrings are popular accessories that perfectly complement a lot of outfits, but some people think that hoop earrings make wearers look trashy, not classy. It’s not true.

In fact, hoop earrings are classic accessories that have never actually gone out of style. You can see them everywhere from fast-fashion retailers such as H&M, to luxury brands such as Gucci and Cartier.

The history of hoop earrings

According to The New York Times, hoop earrings date back to the fourth century, when they were first introduced by the Nubians in what is now present-day Sudan, Africa. Both Egyptian men and women wore them, including members of the royalty. Queens and pharaohs such as Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, and Cleopatra all saw earrings “as something that enhanced one’s beauty and sexuality,” said Yekaterina Barbash, associate curator of Egyptian art at the Brooklyn Museum.

How to wear hoop earrings?

Hoop earrings are a fashion staple and every woman should have at least one pair that can be worn every day. There are plenty of sizes and designs of hoop earrings that range from formal to casual. Some have gemstones, while others are plain metal. Here are some styling tips on how to coordinate hoop earrings to match your outfit and occasion.

How to wear hoop earrings formally

For formal work occasions such as business meetings, business dinners, or just work in general, choose a delicate and small hoop earring.

Simple, plain, and small hoop earrings in either gold or silver are perfect for both casual and formal workplaces. 

For a more elegant occasion such as a wedding or formal party, consider adding a few beads or gemstones to really elevate your glamorous attire.

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How to wear hoop earrings casually

Just because you’re only going shopping or maybe catching a movie with friends, doesn’t mean you should leave those hoops behind.  Choose a pair of everyone’s favorite – classic hoops. The diameter of a classic hoop ranges from 30-40mm, which pairs will pair well with your favorite white shirt and jeans.

Some people prefer oversized hoops. This “the bigger the better” statement piece will bring a certain attitude and attention to your outfit. Since all of the attention is brought front and center, you can keep your entire outfit simple so your look doesn’t become overly distracting and tacky.

Just a word of warning if you’d like to follow the trend of oversized hoop earrings, be aware of the possibility of pulling on your earrings by accident. Ouch!

How Big Are Cocktail Rings?

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Fashion trends come and go, but classic things never go out of fashion. Some timeless and elegant pieces have developed over the years, and people still talk about and wear them. A timeless piece like an eye-catching cocktail ring can make a statement and add some elegance.

What is a cocktail ring?

A cocktail ring is a large, three-dimensional ring that is generally set with a large center stone surrounded by smaller stones. These cocktail rings are dramatic and colorful to make them ideal for a cocktail party.

Put a decorative cocktail ring on your finger, and it’s sure to draw attention while showcasing your style and personality.

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In the 1920s, alcohol was banned in America. Cocktails were only served at illegal parties, so going to these parties for alcohol was an extravagant affair. Cocktail rings first became popular during prohibition. Women would dress up and pair their cocktail drinks with cocktail rings to make a lavish statement.

Back in that time, cocktail rings were made of expensive metals and precious gems, so the bigger they were, the more extravagant and expensive they were. 

Today, women wearing cocktail rings to flaunt their style while elevating any outfit. So cocktail rings are made of affordable metals and gemstones were created to make the style more accessible to anyone.

How to wear cocktail rings?

Because cocktail rings are bold and dramatic, we generally just wear one cocktail ring at once, and it is usually worn on the right hand against the confusion with an engagement or wedding ring

If you favor a more modern look, you can layer and stack rings on your hand with a few simple and dainty rings for a hip and edgy vide.

How big are cocktail rings? 

You might be wondering how big are cocktail rings? The answer is never too big! When choosing a cocktail ring, many wearers tend to think that massive looking cocktail rings will appear tacky. If cocktail rings are not big and oversized, then they don’t look as dramatic as they are supposed to be. So go ahead and choose your favorite cocktail ring. Be bold and be brilliant!

How to Wear Midi Rings

What is a midi ring?

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Midi rings are also called knuckle rings because they are tiny delicate rings worn on the middle knuckle of your finger. It is also called a layered ring since you can wear many at the same time.

Midi ring started to become a trend in 2013, and it’s become particularly popular because you can wear and style them in so many different ways. There are so many lovely designs on the market for wearers to mix and match to decorate their fingers according to their preferences.

How to wear midi rings?

The most popular way to wear midi rings is to keep a minimal and delicate look where you only wear one or two rings or very fine bands

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Our personal favorite way is to layer midi rings with statement rings or cocktail rings to make a bold and unique look. The chunky ring on your fingers complemented by midi ring pieces elevate your outfit in an instant.

Are midi rings comfortable?

If you are new to embracing midi rings, you probably think that they would fall off very easily. However, once you get used to it and, more importantly, choose the right size, you will find that midi rings are surprisingly comfortable and secure.

When choosing comfort-fit midi rings, we usually suggest choosing your midi ring size based on your pinky ring size. Your pinky ring size will often be the correct midi ring size for at least one of your other fingers. If you want to find a midi ring size for a particular finger, you can also consider following the trick. Take your normal ring size and subtract 4. So if your ring size is 7, your midi ring size is likely 3.

The last thing you should keep in mind is to be careful when washing your hands as your midi rings can slip off with soap. You can put in your pocket or purse, or you can always take a small travel pouch wherever you go while keeping your jewelry in place when needed.

Is White Gold Really Gold? – What is white gold?

Gold is yellow. White gold is white. How does that make any sense? The simple answer is that white gold is NOT white at all!

Gold is a very soft metal other metals are added to it to make it a stronger alloy. The fineness of gold is expressed in karats which are parts out of 24. So 18 karat gold means 18/24 or 75%. The different metals that are mixed in with the gold are what determine the final color. A more equal balance of copper and silver and you get the medium yellow color we are used to. More copper and you get rose gold.

For white gold, generally, nickel or cadmium is added to get that white silvery color but for 18k white gold, that still means it is 75% gold, so why doesn’t it look yellow? Well, the truth is that is DOES look yellowish but when you are looking at a white gold ring in the store you are not actually looking at white gold. You are looking at rhodium plating surrounding the white gold. Since white gold is yellowish, almost all jewelry makers will disguise the yellow color with a thin layer of rhodium, which is a very hard, very expensive — generally more expensive than gold — white metal.

Like any other plated jewelry, that plating will eventually wear away with use and you will be left with a dull spotty yellowish ring. Of course, the ring can still be re-plated and re-polished and it will look perfect. But why go through the trouble when platinum exists. Platinum jewelry does not need to be plated since they have that white metal color throughout and can be polished just as brilliantly as the rhodium plating on a white gold ring.

Of course, the reason that people generally consider buying white gold in the first place is that it is usually more affordable than platinum. This leads me to my best answer to why you should not buy white gold: sterling silver.

Sterling silver has a more distinctive look that I personally prefer, is much less expensive, and does not need to be plated. While it can oxidize, it can be easily cleaned with cleaning solutions or even just rubbing with your fingers. At the same time, you can also often find sterling silver plated in rhodium which will prevent oxidation. The trade-off is that the plating will also eventually wear away (but is less noticeable since the base metal is approximately the same color).

Now, of course, a lot of people looking to purchase fine jewelry are doing so because of the intrinsic value of the materials and in that case silver can never match gold. But if that is the case, then I would suggest taking the money saved by buying sterling silver and put that into buying a bigger or higher clarity stone. A higher-quality center stone is immediately noticeable unlike silver versus white gold.

Find sterling silver jewelry on alamodeonline.com

Wholesale Designer Inspired Jewelry

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Our wholesale, designer inspired jewelry at Alamode Fashion Jewelry will satisfy your customers’ desires to wear affordable jewelry that looks like it should be on the latest fashion model. We have a design team that stays on the cutting edge of fashion trends and produces handmade pieces of fashionable jewelry, with the look of designer quality accessories.

Many of our jewelry items are inspired by pieces created for the rich and famous. We use quality cubic zirconia and Top Grade crystal to produce stones that will last for years of beautiful wear. The settings for our designer inspired jewelry are made from metals, such as brass and 925 sterling silver. We use a coating process that protects the metal and provides long-term wear under normal circumstances. It’s important to follow the care guidelines for each piece of jewelry to enhance the longevity of the plating.

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Sparkle Like Markle

One of our current favorite style icons is the Duchess of Sussex herself, Megan Markle. We love Meghan Markle’s chic yet elegant style, especially when it comes to her stunning jewelry accessories.

We’ve got a lovely selection of three-stone engagement rings, sea blue & aquamarine rings, leaf-motif rings, modern ear jackets, and dainty stud earrings for your royal-fan customers. We believe your customers will steal the spotlight with these beautifully-crafted pieces just like the Duchess herself.

Why should you choose Alamode for your designer-inspired jewelry?

At Alamode Fashion Jewelry, we have a worldwide distribution of wholesale designer inspired jewelry. We have been leaders in the wholesale market for over 25 years, so we know what it takes to make your customers happy. Every piece of inspired jewelry that we create is carefully made to have the appearance of high-fashion quality.

If you have any questions about our products or services as a wholesale dealer, contact us by phone or email. One of our customer service representatives will be glad to respond to your inquiry. Regardless of the size of your retail business, we have the products to supply your demand.

How to Take Care of Your Stainless Steel Jewelry

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Most fashion jewelry products on the market are made of brass. Since brass jewelry is usually made of a combination of zinc and copper, it can often tarnish, or oxidize. If you wear brass jewelry, it can often leave a green mark on your skin when you sweat or wash your hands.

Stainless steel jewelry has become popular in recent years as a direct counter to the “green finger” effect. Stainless steel is durable, resistant to rust, corrosion, and tarnishing. However, just like any other material, stainless steel can still become scratched and stained.

Luckily, stainless steel jewelry is very easy to clean compared to brass. Here are some tips that you can follow to take care of stainless steel jewelry:

1. Water and soap

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  • Add some mild dishwashing soap in warm water.
  • Dip a soft lint-free cloth in the soapy water and then gently wipe the stainless steel jewelry with the damp cloth until it is clean.
  • Use a moist cloth dipped in clean water to wipe the remaining soap off your jewelry.
  • Pat dry the jewelry well with a clean towel, and then air dry.

2. Baking soda and water

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  • Mix the baking soda and water until you get a paste.
  • Use your soft-bristled toothbrush to apply the paste and gently scrub the jewelry.
  • After you’ve done this for all over the jewelry, rinse the jewelry in warm water until the baking soda comes off.
  • Wipe off the water with a cloth and then polish the jewelry with a polish cloth (not the one for sterling silver).

3. Toothpaste (use plain and white silica-free toothpaste)

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  • Put a small amount of toothpaste on a damp soft cloth and gently rub the jewelry along the grain. For tough stains, use a soft bristle toothbrush.
  • After all the stains have been removed, immerse the stainless steel jewelry in clean water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth and polish it with a polish cloth.

How to store stainless steel jewelry?

Last but not least, storing your stainless steel jewelry properly is an important step after the cleaning work is done. Unlike silver and brass, stainless steel jewelry requires much less work to take care of and maintain. However, you can’t just throw your stainless steel jewelry anywhere. It’s very likely it will get scratched if it’s placed with other metals. So the most proper jewelry storage method is to keep your stainless steel jewelry in a clean and safe place, away from other items. Avoid storing your stainless steel jewelry in the same jewelry box as your rose gold rings or sterling silver earrings.

If you want to store all of your jewelry in the same container, you can store your stainless steel jewelry in a fabric-lined case with separate compartments, or wrap pieces individually in soft tissue paper.

We hope you find the above-mentioned tips useful and if you’d like to share your methods taking care of your stainless steel jewelry, leave a comment and let us know!

Best Men’s Accessories for Father’s Day This 2019

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, 2019. Your potential buyers are likely looking for a gift for the dads who consistently go above and beyond. We know this is not an easy task. Luckily, we did the majority of the legwork on your behalf. In this list, we compiled what we think are the 5 best-known archetypes of dads in relation to fashion accessories. Which category does your dad fall into?

The dad whose only item of jewelry is his wedding band: Tiger’s Eye Ring – TK378

Face it, part of becoming a dad is looking like a dad but it doesn’t have to be that way! There’s at least one guaranteed piece of jewelry most dad’s will wear every day and that’s his wedding band. Why stick to the same boring band day in and day out? The average man wants to look presentable but also does not want to be flashy, so the traditional sparkly stones aren’t going to be suitable for the standard dad. That’s why our pick for the most dad-friendly ring is the tiger’s eye. The polished stainless steel band is sleek yet understated and the polished brown sheen of the tiger’s eye stone matches brilliantly with a pair of brown leather dress shoes. It even goes well with a pair of nicely fitted of jeans and a casual blazer for a more laid back look. If he is going to be wearing a ring anyway, why not choose one that will make him feel just a little bit less ordinary.

The old t-shirt and jeans dad: Stainless Steel “Ivory” Necklace – TK2004

Maybe he’s lazy or maybe he’s bohemian. In either case, this type of dad wears the same few 80s metal band t-shirts most days and the holes in his jeans weren’t there when he bought them.  It’s no question that many men like this embrace a more natural and more simple way of dressing. But just because you’re bohemian, doesn’t mean you can’t still look like a gentleman. The key difference between looking slick and looking like a slob is accessories. When you pair a ratty t-shirt and torn jeans with a well put together accessories, you signify to the world that you meant for those holes to be in that shirt. Try to pair this more casual look with our stainless steel “ivory” and faux leather necklace. This stainless steel pendant is inspired by the natural look of ivory or shark tooth without any of the harm. Worn with a faux leather necklace and even the laziest outfit can look put together.

The cool dad: Serpent’s Trace Bracelet – TK575

The coolness of a dad is dependent on the age of the beholder. There’s no one cooler than your dad when you’re under 12 years old and there’s no one lamer than your dad when you’re a teenager. Even though this is an absolute law of nature when dealing with your own dad, when we look at another person’s dad, we know a “cool” dad when we see one. For those motorcycle riding, adventure sports loving “cool” dad, nothing fits better than this serpent’s trace bracelet. The ridged pattern of this bracelet is inspired by deadly snakes and other dangerous creatures. Wearing this bracelet lets the cool dad stay adventurous even when he’s just in the garage working on his Harley.

The dapper dad: Cufflinks – TK3290

Not all dads are slobs and if they are now, there’s a good chance they weren’t a slob before they became a dad. To the current and former dapper dads, there’s no better way to elevate a formal look than with cufflinks. Just wearing cufflinks shows that you care about how you look since the shirts themselves can be hard to find. To take your French style cuff to the next level, we recommend our gunmetal semi-precious cufflinks. The subtle glimmer of stones pairs elegantly with a white or off-white dress shirt.

The breadwinner: Money Clip – TK2091

You’ve seen it before, some dad’s just only want to talk about money. Whether it’s too much money or not enough, it’s safe to say that this type of dad already has a favorite accessory: cold hard cash. Then what’s better than getting an accessory for his favorite accessory! The interwoven pattern on this money clip is inlaid with a handsome black enamel. The design evokes playfulness as well as seriousness and is perfect for the guy that wants to show off the greenbacks every once in a while. It doesn’t hurt that it’s less bulky and easier to carry around than that old trifold wallet he’s carrying.

Conclusion

We wouldn’t dare claim that these 5 archetypes of dads cover all styles of dads but we would like to think that we got close. With these 5 styles of accessories, we are sure that even if your dad doesn’t fit into any of these categories, he will still feel loved this Father’s Day.