If you’re looking for a simple and fun way to spice up your outfit, you need to play around with different types of bracelets. They're the ultimate accessory for expressing your style and personality. You can find them in endless varieties of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials, and mix and match them to create your own amazing “wrist party” or “wrist stack”.
What Are Bracelets and the History of Bracelets
The word “bracelet” comes from the Old French word “bras”, meaning “arm”, and the Latin word “bracchium”, meaning the same.
Bracelets are one of the oldest and most universal forms of jewelry. They're usually circular or oval-shaped ornaments that fit around the wrist or upper arm. Some of the earliest bracelets were found in Egypt, dating back to around 5000 BCE. They were made from gold, silver, and gemstones. But bracelets were common in other civilizations, like Mesopotamia, China, Greece, and Rome.
Bracelets have different meanings, such as being a symbol of status, identity, protection, friendship, or a fashion statement. In ancient times, they often reflected the social and religious beliefs of the wearer. For example, in Ancient Greece, bracelets were associated with Aphrodite. And in ancient Rome, they were given as gifts to soldiers for their bravery.
Bracelets are a timeless and universal form of jewelry that can tell stories and connect people across time and space.
How to Stack Your Bracelets
To build a great wrist party, you can play around with contrasting or complementing designs. These are some factors you might want to consider:
- Color: Match or contrast your bracelets with each other or with your outfit.
- Texture: Mix and match different materials, such as metal, beads, or pearls to add more visual interest.
- Size: Play with the balance and proportion of different thicknesses, from thin and delicate to thick and chunky.
- Style: Reflect your personality and mood, whether it’s classic, bohemian, edgy, or glamorous.
Also, different occasions call for different types of bracelets, so have fun and experiment with different combinations until you build a few go-to combinations.
But before you start stacking, do you know what type of bracelets you need?
Most Popular Bracelet Types
Bangles are rigid and solid, usually made of metal or other sturdy materials. They have no clasp or closure and have the shape of a full cylinder. You can wear them alone or stacked for a more glamorous look.
These are bracelets that are open-ended and have a gap between the two ends. They're often made of metal and have a wide band that wraps around the wrist. They can be simple or elaborate, plain or decorated, and they can make a statement with their bold design.
Check out our post on how to wear and style a cuff bracelet to learn more.
These bracelets are made of beads, gemstones, pearls, crystals, or other materials that are strung together on a stretchy cord or a wire. They can be colorful or monochrome, simple or complex, and have various patterns and shapes.
These bracelets consist of pearls, either natural or cultured, that are strung together on a wire or a string. They can have a clasp closure or be elastic and stretchy. This is one of the most classic bracelet styles. Pearl bracelets can match any outfit and occasion.
Other Bracelet Types
These are thin and delicate bracelets that feature a single row of diamonds or other gemstones. They're usually made of metal like silver and have a clasp closure. They're called tennis bracelets because they became famous when tennis star Chris Evert wore one during a match, and it broke, causing the game to be paused while she retrieved it.
These are bracelets that are made of metallic links that are connected in various ways. They can have different types of chains, such as cable, box, curb, rope, or wheat, and can have different thicknesses and lengths. They can be simple or adorned with pendants, charms, or gemstones.
And that’s it! You have learned about some of the most popular types of bracelets and how you can use them to create your own wrist party. Now you can go ahead and experiment with different types of bracelets to suit your mood, style, and occasion. Have fun and let your wrist shine!