With a combined experience of over a decade specialising in design and branding, Alex Orso founders Alex Simpson and Phil Marshall used their expertise in developing visual identities for fashion brands to launch their very own men’s jewellery collection in 2017. The London-based duo has long had an affinity with form and shape, as well as the small details that make up a design. It’s easy to see the connection between their passion and the products on offer from Alex Orso – a simple range of cuffs, pendants and rings that showcase subtle curves and unexpected shapes.
Made to be worn either as stand-alone statements or layered for a personalised look, the thirty-nine individual styles are available in one hundred and ninety-one options that make it easy to choose a piece that suits your personal style. A curated selection of materials is used by the brand, including 22kt gold, sterling silver, rhodium and ruthenium. These metals can be seen throughout the full range and have been chosen for their refined quality that adds an element of luxury to the collection. A selection of pieces benefit from the injection of beautiful precious and semi-precious stones such as diamond, emerald and hand-cut lapis that add bursts of rich colour and texture, complementing the subtle metal tones.
Alex Orso’s pieces offer an alternative to the clunky men’s jewellery of the past that stood out for the wrong reasons. Instead, they’ve interpreted classic designs into wearable accessories that are simple and subtly masculine. In recent history, a ring on a man’s hand symbolised marriage or his family history in the form of a signet ring on the pinky finger. These days, rings are commonly worn as a way to finish off an outfit and express individual style. The London label’s Hex Signet Ring is a twenty-first century update on the traditional design. Plated in ruthenium, it has contrasting polished and satin finishes and possesses a unique grey-silver colour that makes it a clean statement piece.
Cuffs are one of the easiest ways to introduce jewellery into your wardrobe as they’re easily slipped on and off and can provide a contemporary alternative to a wristwatch. Alex Orso’s 5mm Brushed Cuff features the brand’s signature brushed satin finish and sterling silver construction that makes it easy to match with a variety of colour palettes. Its slim profile and subtle details make it a smart, modern addition to any man’s collection.
Alex Orso’s collection also includes a range of pendants that are completely unique, however, maintain the brand’s minimalist aesthetic. The simplicity of the designs, combined with unexpected textures and shapes result in an accessory that’s easy to throw on over a crisp tee for a casual look, or pair with a more formal outfit. The Nut Pendant is cast in brass and plated in 22kt gold to give it a brushed satin finish that is sophisticated and fresh. The thin brass chain and graphic shape of the nut work together for a unique aesthetic, offered in two different lengths – short or long, for a perfect fit.
Concerned not only with the design of their products, Alex Orso work to satisfy their design-conscious consumers by providing a seamless and memorable customer experience. From the inclusion of discreet, tactile texture variations on their designs to the felt pouch and sleek box that each piece is protected and presented in, the contemporary brand aims to deliver simple, masculine accessories that redefine men’s jewellery.
This article was produced by HEY GENTS in partnership with Alex Orso.