The history of the bracelet – How were bracelets invented

Bracelets have long been adorn to draw the eye to the beauty of the wrist and hands. The look of a bracelet is effortless and can easily dress up any outfit. The word bracelet derives from the Greek word “brachile” meaning “of the arm”. Bracelets have been (and are currently) manufactured from materials, such as metal, leather, cloth, plastic, and more. They typically are adorned with jewels, rocks, wood, shells, crystals, metal, or pearls, among others.

Obviously, each bracelet can vary in style, quality, price, and function. The history of the bracelet is a largely debated topic and the exact early history of it is still speculated today.

What do bracelets symbolize

The answer depends entirely on the bracelet and the person wearing it. One of the most popular purpose of giving a bracelet as a gift to other people is to use it as a symbol of your relationship to someone. A friendship bracelet creates an idea of being special to someone. It also represents the infinite cycle of relationship you have with your friend/s when you put it into your wrists.

Modern world bracelets

Over time the bracelet has changed from being made of materials such as shells, gold, ribbon, leather and many others, but the actual style of the bracelet has adapted so much more. As jewelry started to become hugely popular and easier to get hold of, bracelets for women and bangles were a statements pieces that would include charm bracelets, bangles and chain bracelets.

The world of bracelets

By the 1970’s men also started to wear jewelry as fashion pieces rather than just a show of social status. As silver became mass-produced and affordable, it was a popular choice of metal for bangles, bracelets and cuffs. Aside from common jewelry metals, you can find all kinds of bracelets made from rubber and leather, as fashions and trends change for men, women and children.