I have to admit that I do not see the attraction that some men find in all the bling that is worn by the "dressing to have my photo taken at Pitti Uomo" set these days. I saw one clothing writer comment recently that he was finally convinced that he was wearing too many bracelets so he reduced those to two and began wearing more rings to compensate.
Personally, I think the Prince of Wales has it about right when he is out of uniform during the day. A signet or wedding ring, cufflinks, an optional wristwatch and gold blazer buttons once in a while. I also think it acceptable to add a gold pin worn in the collar or through a keeperless knit tie but that and a dress set for black tie is all the jewelry that comes to mind. And the latter of course is beyond the scope of this conversation.
The most basic bling does not need to be particularly costly. A simple pair of gold cufflinks is about the price of a good necktie on eBay or through similar sources (I acquired the Trianon links in the photo from RJ for a great price and given the amount of stuff that he seems to have up for sale at any given time, you may be able to do the same). The cell phone has rendered the watch essentially unnecessary, and wedding rings are either a package deal with the wedding or not (since it is also worn on the left hand, the signet ring should only be seen on men who do not wear a marriage band).
Men who wear button cuffs can dispense with bling altogether, but I wish more of us would wear cufflinks. Those basic gold links are great looking and low maintenance since they do not tarnish. I see no reason why a cufflink man should settle for sterling silver unless it is a second or third set coated with enamel. After all, the money saved on one of those ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines will make up much of the difference between a pair of sterling links and gold, and in times of need you can always have the gold melted down and recover enough of the value to pay for a good lunch. That is not an option with sterling silver.
And those are my thoughts on bling.