I remember opening my dad's closet and there were, like, 40 suits, every colour of the rainbow, plaid, winter and summer. He had two jewellery boxes full of watches and lighters and cuff links. And just... he was that guy. He was probably unfulfilled in his life in many ways - Jon Hamm
Photos by Jacob Medina
I never used to wear jewellery. For many years, I couldn't stand the feeling of anything constricting around my wrists, and although rings felt fine, I had a slight aversion after I was badly shocked by a powerpoint when I was younger. Nowadays I wear jewellery for a number of reasons but most of them are sentimental. There are many men who don't wear accessories at all, and some who will only wear a watch or perhaps a ring and necklace. Growing up in a family full of Italians I became accustomed to seeing many of my male relatives wearing pieces of jewellery. I have very distinct memories of my Nonno always wearing a pinky ring and matching watch. He said that they reminded him of his life accomplishments, and to never give up on his dreams.
Today I like to remind myself who I am by wearing certain pieces of jewellery and at the moment I'm partial to an onyx, gold and diamond ring worn on my ring finger and a plain silver necklace. The ring reminds me to always be myself as onyx and diamonds are my two birthstones, the necklace is a symbol of keeping some things just for me.