There is archaeological evidence of the Ancient Egyptians wearing bracelets from as early as 5,000 B.C. Bracelets can be found in recorded history across almost every civilization in every time period. They have served as objects of great religious importance, worn to express power and wealth, and given as gifts between family and friends as they hold great symbolism. The word bracelet derives from the Greek word “brachile” meaning “of the arm,” via the Old French ‘bracel’.
A bracelet is an article of fashion jewelry such as an ornamental band, hoop, or chain worn on the wrist or arm, or sometimes the ankle. It is also called a bangle, armband, circlet, armlet, wristlet, anklet, trinket, or manacle.
There are several categories of bracelet types –
1. Bangle – A bangle bracelet is circular in shape and not flexible.
2. Cuff – A cuff is wide and/or thick bracelets that do not close but simply rest on the wrist with a slight gap towards the inner part of the wrist.
3. Link – A link bracelet is made from linking or connecting several pieces of similar jewelry
4. Tennis – A tennis bracelet is a sleek and stylish article of jewelry that comprises of a symmetrical pattern of diamonds linked together.
5. Charm – A charm bracelet is a silver or gold chain to which individual decorative pendants or “charms” are attached.
6. Chain – A chain bracelet is made from a series of metal loops, linked together to form a wrist accessory.
The above-mentioned list details the main categories and there is so much more – choora (Indian bridal bangle bracelets), friendship bracelet, shamballa bracelet, charity awareness wristbands, POW bracelet, memorial bracelet, red string (Kabbalah), etc. just to name a few more.
Many different materials are used to create bracelets – leather, gold (white, yellow, rose and green), silver (pure and filled), silicone, bamboo cord, hemp, cotton, waxed linen, vinyl, iron, nickel, copper, titanium, platinum, pewter, and stainless steel.
If you’re interested in jewelry inspired by Nature, take a look at Uruguayan jeweler, Adriana Guelfi Herrera. Her one of a kind jewelry is all hand forged by the artist herself. Her collection includes a creative assortment of cuff bracelets and much more.