Bracelets have been around for centuries. A once primitive decoration has turned into a daily accessory in the modern world. Bracelets are sold in all kinds of sizes, designs, styles, and materials. Although our selection is minimal, our styles are well designed with premium metal materials that will last you a lifetime. All of our custom handmade bracelet orders are make to order just to your fit.
A bracelet is a piece of jewelry that is worn around the wrist. A single bracelet can be worn, a stack of bracelets can line the wrist, or different kinds of bracelets can be layered to create a textured and one of a kind look.
Bracelets have different closures and clasps, and they come in a wide range of thicknesses and styles.
A bracelet can be purchased for one’s self or given as a gift. These pieces of wearable art have unique meanings!
Bracelet comes from the word “brachium.” This Latn word simply stated, means “arm.”
A bracelet has a deeper meaning and goes beyond being an arm accessory. Bracelets can symbolize friendship. They can symbolize mood, status, or even rank in a group.
The History of the Bracelet
Nearly 8,000 years ago, people wore bracelets in Asia and Africa. Specifically, the early bracelet wearers included those who reigned in Egypt, the Mesopotamia region, and China and Japan. These artifacts found by archaeologists and anthropologists document how its wearers made them out of tiny branches, shells, grass, and roots. Eventually, bracelets started getting shaped out of metals like copper and bronze. This was the start of the Bronze Age!
Slowly but surely, artisans began to experiment with other metals, like silver and gold when making bracelets. The people of this era discovered that these metals can be etched and can attach to stones, so bracelets became precious.
Decorative, creative, elusive, and unique; bracelets of this time started to be worn by those who had elevated levels of wealth and status since they started to become produced with shells, gems, and other polished stones.
The Egyptians, both men and women; were big believers in wearing jewelry. While they had an eye for art and beauty, they wore bracelets to symbolize rank, family class, and even for specific rituals and celebrations. Oftentimes, Egyptians were buried wearing a full wrist of bracelets because the culture believed they could take their Earthly belongings and possessions with them into the After World when they passed on. Many Pharaohs and Kings were found with their prized possessions still on their bodies, while others were robbed from their jewels by tomb raiders. This is evidence of how special these accessories were, even long ago.
When the Greeks started to wear bracelets, they embraced a cuff style. Both men and women wore shiny, smooth cuff style bracelets for celebrations, rituals, and during their day to day lives. Soldiers especially wore golden bracelets to battle to help protect their wrists, and women started wearing golden bracelets that were molded and shaped into serpents, which wrapped all the way up the arm. The Greeks were one of the first cultures to experiment with mixing elements and materials such as leather wraps and gold cuffs worn together.
The Chinese adored cuff style bracelets and began to carve intricate nature designs into them. It wasn’t rare to find metal bracelets adorned with etchings of flowers, butterflies, dragon flies, and features. In fact, many bracelets from long ago were found in China that featured mythical creatures, and the use of colorful beads and gems.
The Europeans in the 17th century started to wear bracelets as statement makers, and less for function and practicality purposes. Chain bracelets and dainty and delicate cameos started to make their debut, becoming an instant hit and trend. Charm bracelets were born after the cameo, becoming extremely popular in the Victorian era with women and girls alike.
When it comes to bracelets in modern times, it’s safe to say that history surely does repeat itself. Today’s bracelets are modeled after designs of the past. It’s not uncommon to see cuff bracelets, leather wraps, chains, charms, and gorgeous layers of precious metals, diamond layers, and other etched bangle bracelets.
Currently, in the 21st century, the less is more notion is currently in full swing. Minimalist jewelry is being featured on runways and promoted by the top celebrity influencers. Women and mean are wearing modest, simple, but beautiful gold, silver, leather, and hemp woven bracelets.
Bracelets certainly did come a long way!
It is acceptable to wear bracelets virtually anywhere that you go. Both men and women, teens, tweens, boys and girls wear them to work, to school, to formal events, and they give them as gifts. Some younger children wear them to promote friendship, older teens give them to those they love, and the older generations pass down an heirloom piece from one generation to another!
Bracelets are easy to style. Simply choose your metal! Silver is a classic choice, but gold and rose gold are currently trendy metals to choose. Leather and certain heavy strings are also popular choices among men and those who want to wear a more natural style, organic looking piece on their wrist.
For formal events, women can never go wrong sporting a diamond tennis bracelet. For semi-formal gatherings, a wrist full of golden bangles or layers also looks stunning. For casual use, it’s fun to get creative. Charm bracelets layered with leather bands or beaded pieces can look cool, cute, and chic.
Men can wear thick leather strap bracelets on a daily basis and swap it out for a thick and smooth, simple sterling silver cuff for formal celebrations. Many men also like to wear gold chain link layers, or pieces passed down from a friend or family member. This vintage look pairs nicely with plain white tee and jeans.
Bracelets have been around for centuries. They are timeless pieces that have a vast history and significance. Whether you are picking out a bracelet for yourself or someone else, stop to consider for a moment where the bracelet has been, what it's become, and purchase it with the hope that it can be passed down to a future generation!