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All About Bracelets – The Pretty Wrist Adornment

December 24,2021

A part of every fashionable woman’s collection, bracelets are certainly stunning. They are found in various styles and sizes, designed in stone, clay, metal and more. Although a universally cherished jewellery creation, there are several hidden secrets surrounding this wrist accessory. Want to find them out now? Well then, join us as we let bracelets have their moment and try to shed light on some intriguing facts about this adornment….

Bracelet – What does the name mean?

It is thought that the word bracelet is simply an English word to indicate a particular form of jewellery. But it isn’t true. This word has a Greek and Latin origin which have over time been modified to its current form. The Greek word brachile means ‘of the arm’, and the Latin word brachium loosely translates to ‘arm’, transformed to the word – bracelet, a wrist accessory.

Is there anything interesting in the background?

If you were wondering that when were bracelets worn for the very first time? Then, the safe answer to this would be for a very long time. In fact, it is difficult to point out the exact day, date and time. Evidence suggests that bracelets were worn as early as 7000 years ago. Archaeologists found out that the ritual of wearing bracelets was common across different cultures and regions.












Pre-historic times
During this time, bracelets were made using grass, tree limbs, vines, shells and other natural items. Later, it changed, and around the Bronze Age, men started using metals like gold and silver to craft these pretty wrist ornaments.  

Egyptians and Greeks
Ancient Egyptians used to wear gold and silver bracelets decorated with semiprecious gemstones. So much so that they were even buried in tombs as a part of decorative accessories. Even Greek wore bracelets on the upper and lower arm for decoration. The Greek soldiers used to wear wide leather and metal cuff for protection.  

Europeans and Asians
Roman soldiers, too, adopted the practice of wearing cuffs for protection, while the civilians wore coiled gold bangles resembling snakes. In China, intricate bangles carved in jade were used around 2000 BC. Later in the 17th century, bracelets as a common accessory for fashion was revived for European women.

Contemporary times
By the late 19th century and 20th century, ornate designs, geometric patterns of the Art Deco era, the feminine design of the Edwardian era came into being. With the onset of the 21st century, there have been several changes in the style, design and varieties of bracelets. Silver was a common material for crafting bracelets, but then platinum and gold became more preferred options.

Unique Significance

All through history, bracelets have held many religious and cultural symbolism. They protect the wearer from any evil, signify their marital status, and certain specially crafted bracelets also help in healing and bringing prosperity. A popular style, charm bracelet, usually represents a special person or moment in their life. Moreover, bracelets also symbolise a common cause or belief of a group of people.

Aren’t bracelets only made of metals?

The simple answer to this – no. The use of metals to craft bracelets started much later, mostly post the Bronze age. The earliest bracelets were made using natural things like stones, twigs, grass, bones and more. Then bracelets designed in copper or bronze were widely used, after which silver and gold were used. Currently, silver and gold are the most popular metal choices, and many are embellished with precious or semiprecious gems for added luxury.












Tennis Bracelet
Initially known to the world as eternity bracelets, this style has been popular for ages. The current name – tennis bracelet has an interesting backstory. It was an iconic moment way back in 1987, when (then) ace tennis player Chris Evert halted an ongoing match to search her diamond bracelet, which had fallen in the court. Presently, the symmetrical design and elegant allure make tennis bracelets a highly sought-after style.

Chain Bracelet
As the name goes, this type shows a chain pattern that is very similar to necklaces. In essence, it features a dainty chain that is created with the help of tiny links held together. Depending on the design, the bracelet has a central gem, series of gems or motifs at different points on the chain link. Versatility, contemporary appeal and a variety of design options add to this bracelet styles’ increasing demand.
 
Bangle Bracelet   
This style of bracelet is either hinged or simply a solid metal creation that is easy to put on and remove.  In the case of hinge, there is a spring at the back of the bangle that holds it in place. They can be worn alone or stacked together for an appealing look. Some designs feature plain metal, while some may have gemstones or intricate patterns too. Their fuss-free yet sophisticated design with several options to choose from makes the bangle bracelet a must-have accessory for women.

Cuff Bracelet
Although believed to be like a bangle bracelet, a rigid metal design is where the similarity ends. Instead of having a closed shape (like bangles), cuff bracelets are open-ended. In simple words, there is a gap between the two ends of the bracelet. As a result of this, they are very easy to wear and remove and look stylish as well. The contemporary design coupled with the chic and sleek appeal results in the cuff bracelets being in huge demand.

Well, this is a lot to taken in! we’re sure something in here will have surprised you (we feel you!). But after knowing all this, one thing is for sure – you need to add elegant and graceful bracelets to your personal collection.