Sunday, May 22, 2011

Types of Bracelets

Last week we discussed how to find a bracelet that will fit. This week, we will explore the different types of bracelets.

A bangle is one solid closed piece.  It is usually round.  It is often thin and made of metal, although other materials, like glass, are possible. Bangles are often worn in multiples and make an attractive soft clinking sound when the wearer moves her arm. Unlike the sizing method we discussed last week, the diameter of the wearer’s fist is the critical measurement when choosing a bangle as the bangle must be able to slip on over the hand.

Copper Bangle Bracelet by Nicole Valentine Studio

A true cuff bracelet is semi-rigid and has an opening on one side that allows the wearer to slip her wrist through it. Cuff bracelets are often fairly wide and are frequently made of metal, although other materials are possible. A cuff bracelet is usually worn more tightly on the wrist that other types of bracelets.

Bronze Textured Cuff by Galadryl Design

Charm bracelets are popular because they can often be added to over time. Charms are added to a central chain and can reflect a theme, important events in a person’s life or be an eclectic collection of items. A charm bracelet could make a fabulous gift for a collector – it’s a fabulous way to see and show off one’s collection.

Fluttery Dreams Sterling Charm Bracelet by Studio DTQ

Mail is the ancient art of linking small rings to form a solid, almost impenetrable mesh surface. Maille was used as armour starting around 300 BC. Mail has been modified into chain form and is often made into bracelets. Chain mail patterns vary, as do the metals used to make it. Chain mail bracelets are great choices for men or women.

Copper Box Weave Chain Maille Bracelet by Elegance and Sparkles

Sterling and Gold Half Persion Chain Maille Bracelet by Erika Price

Some bracelets are made up of a series of metal links. The links can be the same or varied throughout the bracelet. The length of a link bracelet can often be adjusted by the maker, making it a great choice for a person with a larger or smaller than average wrist.

Copper Silver Brass Bracelet by AM Designs by Angela

Beaded bracelets are perhaps the most familiar. Beads can be strung, they can be a series of wired links or they can be joined in some other way. Beaded bracelets can be one strand or multiple strands. They are available in a wide variety of colours, materials and styles.

Turquoise Magnesite, Shell Pearl and Sterling Silver Bracelet by Wickwire Jewelry

There are, of course, many bracelets that don't fit into any of these categories, but that are equally wonderful to wear.

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mcstoneworks said...

Gorgeous selections of bracelets.

Meghann LittleStudio said...

Great article!

Cat said...

Very interesting and you picked some great examples for demonstration!

gwenbeads said...

They're all gorgeous, but the first two really catch my eye. Great article!

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Super post...gorgeous collection. Thank you for choosing one of my designs.

DawninCal said...

What a beautiful collection! I love bracelets in all their various forms. Great post!

Jeanne/J3Jewelry said...

Yes I love bracelets to accent my wardrobe. I especially love bangles because they are easy to wear and I love dangly bracelets because they are so fun... but when it comes down to it, I love all pretty bracelets.

galadryl said...

Great selection, interesting article. Thx for choosing my cuff as an example.

BeadSire said...

Wonderful range of styles!

Nancy said...

Super collection! Thanks for including my bracelet. My favorite is linked bracelets but I find I sell far more of the bangle type bracelets with clasps.

Nicole Valentine-Rimmer said...

Wow, what a stunning selection of bracelets!! Thanks for including my bangles!

Ness said...

Great article - lovely selection of bracelets!