A bracelet is a piece of jewelry worn around the wrist. Bracelets can serve various purposes, such as being worn as jewelry. When worn as jewelry, bracelets can have a supporting function to hold other jewelry, such as charms. Medical and identity information is provided on some bracelets, such as allergy bracelets, identification tags for hospital patients, and bracelet tags for newborns. Bracelets can be worn to indicate a specific phenomenon, such as breast cancer awareness, or for religious/cultural purposes.
When a bracelet consists of a single, rigid loop, it is often referred to as a bangle. When worn around the ankle, it is called an ankle bracelet or anklet. A trunk bracelet is used to decorate boots. Bracelets can be made of metal, leather, fabric, plastic, beads, or other materials. Jewelry bracelets sometimes contain jewels, stones, wood, shells, crystals, metal or plastic hoops, beads, and many other materials.
Although technically similar, the term bangle is used to describe an item that sits on the upper shoulder: a bracelet. The term ‘bracelet’ comes from the Greek brachile, meaning ‘of the arm’, and goes back to the Old French bracelet. A bracelet is also a small bracer or bracer (an armed guard used by archers).
Cultural and religious significance
The history of Egyptian bracelets is as old as 5000 BC. It began with materials such as bones, stones, and wood that served religious and spiritual interests. According to the National Geographic Society, the scarab bracelet is one of the most famous symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and regeneration. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and wrapped in the linen bandages of mummies. The myth tells of the scarab god Khepri, who pushes the sun across the sky.
In 2008, Russian archeologists from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnology in Novosibirsk, working in Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, discovered a small bone fragment from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominin called an “X-woman” (in reference to the maternal lineage of mitochondrial DNA)  or Denisova hominin. Artifacts, including a bracelet, excavated from the cave on the same level have been carbon-dated to about 40,000 BP.
In Bulgaria, there is a tradition called martenitsa, where people sometimes tie a red and white string around their wrist to please Baba Marta so that spring will come earlier.
In Greece, there is a similar custom in which a bracelet is braided from a red and white string on the first day of March and worn until the end of summer. It is called “Martis” and is considered to protect the wearer’s skin from the strong Greek sun.
In some parts of India, the number and type of bangles a woman wears indicate her marital status.
In Sikhism, an iron bangle is one of the obligatory items known as the Five Cs.
In Latin America, azabache bracelets are worn to protect against the mal de Ojo, the evil eye. The evil eye is believed to come from excessive admiration or envious glances from others. Having newborn babies wear an azabache (a gold bracelet or necklace with a black or red coral pendant in the shape of a fist) to protect them from the evil eye.
Types Of Bracelets
Alternative health bracelets, such as ionized bracelets, karma bracelets, magnetic bracelets, power balance hologram bracelets, etc., are not distinguished by their design, but rather by the beneficial function attributed to them by their manufacturers and distributors. Karma bracelets are made of wooden beads and can contain various charms. They are associated with bringing good luck and good karma to those who wear them.
Bracelets made of hard material or rigid bracelets, usually metal, wood, or plastic, are called bangles or bangles. They can be smooth, textured, or studded with stones. In India, bangles made of glass are widely used. They are made of ordinary glass about 3 to 6 millimeters wide and are worn in groups so that when the arm is moved, they make a graceful sound reminiscent of the tinkling of a wind chime. In India, it is also common for young children to wear thin gold bangles on their hands and ankles.
Usually made of loose beads with a hole in the center, connected by a piece of string or rubber band through the holes. Usually made of wooden beads, plastic, glass, or even crystal beads.
A charm bracelet carries personal charms: decorative pendants or trinkets that represent essential things, interests/hobbies, and memories in the wearer’s life. Decorative charms usually have a personal or sentimental meaning to the owner. They are popular with all age groups, but especially with children.
In recent history, Italian charm bracelets have become fashionable. While traditional charms dangle, Italian charms have individual pieces soldered apartment to the surface of the link.
Bracelets are created by joining or linking different or similar components or pieces of jewelry. Link bracelets can be made from a variety of materials including metals and gemstones.
Penannular, meaning incomplete circle, is a very common shape for bracelets, especially those made from a single piece of a slightly flexible material such as metal or plastic. This shape is especially popular in gold.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, “slap bracelets” – apartment, felt-covered metal strips that curve around the wrist when lightly slapped against it – were popular. These bracelets, often decorated with neon colors and vibrant graphics, could be purchased at inexpensive stores. A false rumor arose that “slap bracelets” caused bleeding and puncture wounds, so they went out of fashion.
The use of colored silicone rubber for making sports wristbands was popularized by Nike and Lance Armstrong through the yellow Livestrong wristband starting in May 2003. Their success has led to the silicone wristband becoming a low-cost tool for various awareness, information, and charity campaigns. This can be compared to the use of awareness wristbands for similar purposes. These wristbands are also known as “baller wristbands,” “baller bands,” or “bracelets.” They may also be referred to as rubber wristbands, silicone wristbands, or gel wristbands. For sport climbing, wristbands are designed with climbing cords (dynamic rope) to serve as mountaineering gear.
During a match at the 1978 U.S. Open, tennis player Chris Evert was wearing a diamond bracelet that fell off her wrist onto the court. She commented, “I dropped my tennis bracelet,” and since then diamond bracelets have also been referred to as “tennis bracelets.” [Note 1] The term tennis bracelet appears before this incident, but does not necessarily refer to diamond bracelets. For example, a 1975 ad for a “sterling tennis bracelet” in The New Yorker shows a solid silver bangle with a tennis racket motif, made by Gorham Manufacturing Company.
Tennis bracelets consist of many identical settings, each containing a hinge. The links are usually riveted or soldered to the sides of the bracelet, allowing it to wrap freely around the wrist with minimal movement from left to right. A typical tennis bracelet is set with round diamonds in four settings. Tennis bracelets can be adjusted to the size of the wearer by removing links, but this must be done by a jeweler.