I admit that the thought of wearing jewellery doesn’t exactly fill me with joy. Although these days men have entire jewellery collections available to them from brands of different price points, I have never felt drawn to precious metals or sparkling jewels. However, when I came across the leather bracelets designed by Babette Wasserman, I quickly changed my mind about men’s jewellery. By avoiding excessive ornament and focussing instead on colour and materials Babette Wasserman has come up with a range of bracelets for men that I was drawn to examine.
I started with the Braid Bracelet, a simple and elegant accessory that can be worn individually or layered with other Babette Wasserman bracelets. I opted for the version made from blue leather (the bracelet also comes in red, light brown, white and black), with a 925 rhodium magnetic clasp and felt that it was best worn single on one wrist. Combined with blue jeans and a white shirt, it provides a stylish and yet casual touch to a look.
As I was so happy with my first choice, I decided to also get the Demon Lobster Clasp Bracelet in black leather (although it is also available in brown). The steel lobster clasp plated in black rhodium provides a nicely understated touch to the two joined braided bracelets that make up this model. I wore this bracelet with a black cotton suit, a white shirt and contrasting white trainers and it certainly added to the urban and stylish look that I was going for as it garnered compliments by those who saw me that day.
After studying Jewellery Design at Central St Martins College of Art in London, Babette Wasserman started creating her own collections of women’s jewellery from her studio in Notting Hill. She soon added cufflinks and bracelets for men to her own label and, since she emerged onto the professional world, she has also worked for other brands such as Aquascutum, Alfred Dunhill and Kenzo. The winners of several awards, Babette Wasserman’s pieces can be found in retailers in Austria, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Turkey, UK and USA.
Images courtesy of Babette Wasserman