Bracelets â€“ The Essential Fashion Accessory
A bracelet is an ornamental band or chain encircling the wrist or arm. Bracelets are made of different materials ranging from leather, metal, cloth, plastic, wood, stones, shells etc. The term \”braceletâ€ is derived from the Latin word \”brachileâ€ meaning \”of the armâ€, which is further derived from the Old French word \”barcelâ€.
The history of bracelets dates back to around 5000 BC. During this period, Egyptians wore bracelets made of bones, stones and woods to serve religious and spiritual interests. The legendary Scarab Bracelet is one of the most recognized symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab was believed to represented rebirth and regeneration. Scarabs are also recorded to be found wrapped into the linen bandages of mummies.
According to an old tradition in Latin America, newborn babies are made to wear an azabache bracelet (a gold bracelet with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist). This is believed to protect the baby from Mal de ojo, or evil eye, a result of excessive admiration or envious looks by others.
Similarly, in India, bangles have been an important fashion accessory since ancient times. Wearing bangles is considered customary for a married woman in India.
Types of bracelets
In May, 2204, Lance Armstrong supported bi Nike, popularized the use of colored silicone rubber bracelet. This was originally done for charity for cancer patients, but later became a much popular fashion trend.
Tennis bracelets, also called diamond line bracelets, are thin, elegant bracelets that feature a symmetrical pattern of diamonds. They do not include pendants or mementos, clike the ones included in charm bracelets.
According to various sources, the famous tennis player Chris Evert was known for her liking of diamond line bracelets. During the 1987 U.S. Open, she lost a bracelet and the game had to be temporarily halted while she prowled the court for it. The “tennis bracelet” incident triggered a new name for the item, as well as a huge jewelry trend.
Taking the trend further, last year Serena Williams wore a custom-design tennis bracelet at the U.S. Open.
A charm bracelet is a bracelet that has decorative pendants or trinkets dangling from the bracelet, which are signifiers of important things in the wearer’s life. Some charms are worn to ward off evil, some are believed to bring good luck, and some are believed to help in love life and so on.
Bracelets that are in solid form, usually some metal or glass are referred to as bangles. They can be in fancy designs and shapes, smooth, textured or set with stones. In India, glass bangles are very popular. Made from ordinary colored glass, they are worn stacked so that arm movement causes them to make a pleasant sound rather like the clinking of wind chimes.
In the late 1980s, felt-covered metal stripes that curved around one’s wrist when gently hit against it (slap bracelets), were a popular fad.
Bracelets as an important fashion accessory
As in the olden times, bracelets are an important piece of jewelry in this age also. Diamond bracelets make elegant jewelry pieces. A popular tend is bracelets studded with colored gemstones. Gemstone bracelets are colorful and look great with all outfits. These can also be matched with the color of your dress. Go ahead and adorn yourself. After all, it\’s one of the pleasures of being a woman.
Author Bio: Rajesh Kumar is a writer for gemstones and jewelry working with http://www.angara.com, an on-line jewelry firm that has a fine collection of diamond and gemstone jewelry.