I am so sick of this shit.
I didn’t ask for much. I just wanted a solid sterling silver men’s torc bracelet. It’s a great modern look. If you don’t know what a torc is, its not your fault. It’s also called ‘torque’ and the most common incarnation today is worn around the wrist. Back in the day, though, the Celtic people would wear giant versions around their necks. Badass.
David Yurman did a great one – made traditionally with woven cables of metal (which is where it gets its name)
Awesome, right? Well as often happens with awesome work – there are about 10,000 hacks out there right now doing the exact same thing that Yurman did. They all have twisted wire, but now sport cheesy gemstones at the caps and are made of shitty metals instead of silver or gold in an effort to sell jewelry to people who don’t want to pay for jewelry.
All due respect to Yurman’s design, I wanted something solid. Something kind of like this:
….but maybe a bit thicker and heavier. I have an average sized wrist and I thought a 7mm wide band in sterling couldn’t be too much to ask.
Nobody….I mean NOBODY makes one of these in the US. I spent time on every freakin’ shopping site I could find. I even got a freakin’ ETSY account, okay? Nobody makes this.
Sure there are a couple dozen good makers in the UK, but I didn’t wan to get killed on the currency change and shipping. I also found thousands of examples of sterling silver plated versions of cheaper metal….you know….just in case I want it to rust off of my hand in a few years, or better yet, snap like it’s made of fucking plastic when I’m trying to get it on my wrist.
Get it on my wrist? That’s right. Because almost every single one of these is about 2 freakin’ inches in diameter. None of them would fit a grown man who doesn’t want the circulation cut off in his hand from the spandex-tight fit of these shitty dime-store trinket versions I found all over Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy.
SWEET! This one has magnets in it! In case I was failed by my public education and I think this jewelry will make me healthier. I’m telling you, these were all over the place. I also found some sculptural stuff that was pretty cool, but it wasn’t what I wanted.
I found actual quality sterling silver torcs on Etsy, but these dudes were making them 3mm in diameter. WAY to thin. I even had a maker respond to my question about band diameter with “they’re 2.5mm thick. Perfect weight for a bangle.”
“Are you shitting me?” was my response.
“No, they’re already real heavy.”
I’m telling you, this interest in lightweight and inexpensive product has fucking ruined men’s jewelry in the United States. You know what else is inexpensive and lightweight? Paper. Why don’t you wear a fucking paper bracelet and a yarn ring to match. Or a ring pop so you have something to eat.
I know the grass is always greener, but the UK gals and guys are doing it right. You can find good, solid sterling pieces over there with clean, classic designs. Not just torques (torcs, or torqs) but solid bangles and linked chains.
You know, I encountered the same thing when I first started looking at skull rings.
All the best makers of realistic non-death metal rings were in the UK and New Zealand. So I hooked up with Dana Ruth and learned how to make jewelry and just fucking made my own. Enough people liked it that I started making them for other people. Enough people wanted them that I opened up my custom studio. Turns out, I wasn’t the only person looking for a ring like that.
So the question now becomes, am I the only person who wants a solid, badass, men’s torc made in the USA and sized to fit an adult in sterling or gold? The balls on either side need to be at least 14mm and the band should be 7mm at the thinnest.
We’ll see. I’m going to make mine. Then, I’m coming back for you.
Check out Evander Preston. He made me on over a decade ago and its still rocking strong. I’ll shoot you an email with a pic.
Cool! Yeah send it along, if you would. They have to be out there somewhere.
If I were going to wear a bracelet like this, I would want skull heads for the end instead of balls.
I’m definitely making one of those too. I should have that one ready in a few weeks.
Being a lady, I can’t weigh in on this except to say the following: 1) the Yurman designs are fantastic and I’d happily buy a ladies’ bracelet of a similar (though more unique/badass) design at some point. 2) let’s not hate on Ring Pops here. Those things are delicious and stylin.
You know what, BOTH points well-taken. Pop rings are awesome. Honestly I think women who want more substantial pieces are in the same boat. Yurman has done a lot to keep big pieces in the mainstream, which is awesome. I have to say about 30% of my clients are women and they want big pieces too.
Have you looked at Crafty Celts? They actually make a bunch of the jewelry for the teevee show Vikings, and to my eye they’re pretty awesome. Bronze or silver. I’m getting one of the bronze bracelets from ’em shortly.
That seems to be the place for anyone wanting the real thing in terms of braided metal. Awesome. I may need one of those. I think Deadringers used to make one as well.
That said, I really can’t wait to see YOUR version.
Come to think of it, I have not yet been able to find a Thor’s Hammer pendant I really like. It occurs to me you and I should talk about a custom job. B^)