Bracelet for EveryONE. Why an ornament on the wrist is a unique element of personal jewelry? It has been accompanying civilization for centuries, it is known in practically all cultures. The bracelet has always been important: thanks to it, members of the social group or guild, wealth or preferences were recognized. Wearing bracelets to this day also has a religious meaning or is otherwise associated with beliefs.
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Shortly about bracelet
We are currently say bracelet, but the origin of the term is from the Greek ‘brachile’ meaning ‘of the arm’, via the Old French ‘bracel’. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm-guard used by archers).
A bracelet today is above all a decoration. However, it still remained a carrier of information and often has a message. I grouped this issue according to my own observations. I will not mention other people’s texts here, I am willing to refer you to wikipedia and other studies. If you think I have committed some serious negligence, I will consider your arguments.
Types of bracelets
A common ornament is simple red bracelet on the wrist, tied with a single thread of a mouline or a thong. Its task is to drive away evil powers, but it is also used by the followers of Kabbalah. Seen on the wrists, children are supposed to ward off bad powers and counteract charms.
Bracelet in the form of simple silicon strap it can be a symbol of fighting disease, as in the case of Lance Armstrong, who in 1996 popularized the fashion on the yellow bar. Currently, colors are identified with the type of initiative supported. Bracelets are also a carrier of information through the possibility of their stamping or printing. They can also be an advertising gadget, a symbol of memory (about an event or a person) or even an admission ticket to a closed party.
Friendship bracelets are considered a type of cheap jewelry, although in recent years the trend has changed. However, for a moment. Friendship bracelets are made of mulina. The decorations come from Central America. In the 70s, taken over by the hippie movement, they were popularized around the world.
For years, they have been popular among young people of both sexes and are given as a sign of friendship, as the name suggests. They are also worn by the heirs of the hippie movement, fans of the Rainbow Family movement and are popular among surfers.
As women’s jewelry, they are popular in boho stylizations. Friendship bracelets, with precisely designed colors and motifs, are often part of the composition of layered bracelets. Such combinations can also be found in exclusive and expensive fashion stylizations.
Bangles come from India, where they are called kangan. Women wear a few or a dozen of them at the same time, which causes a characteristic, slightly clattering sound around them. Bracelets in the form of hoops can be made of cheap materials, but also from expensive metals and studded with jewels.
Chain bracelets, worn as an independent element or decorated with accessories or charms. They were worn in ancient Egypt and enjoyed popularity among all social groups. In ancient times, the followers of the deity Ball founded chains of prostitutes to be able to identify them. Married women wore bells on their chains, which informed everyone when they were coming.
Currently, chain bracelets are worn with rods that have their symbolism. The chain worn on the ankle of the leg by a woman in a relationship is a symbol of the so-called Hotwife – a woman accepting intimate relationships with other men, all with the consent of the partner she loves. In this case, charms are also used, which have the appropriate meaning.
Materials, what bracelets are made of
Bracelets are made of various materials. From classic, from various types of metals, through the skin, strings and threads, glass, plastic, fabrics or paper. They are decorated with elements made of these materials as well as precious stones, jewels, pearls, corals and hangers made of plastic, wood, glass, metal, polymer masses, ceramics and resin.
The chosen material imposes somehow the method of making the bracelet. For example, metal bracelets can be hand-formed by skilled blacksmiths or jewelers, but they can also be the result of mass casting at the factory.
Wooden bracelets can be made by machine or created thanks to precision manual processing. Woven bracelets with simple weaves can be braided on a massive scale by the machine. However, complicated weaves made only from threads or with additions of beads, stones or other spacers is a precise work done by hand.
Does age and gender matter when choosing a bracelet?
Yes, they have. A bracelet is an addition that largely determines the person wearing it. Another bracelet will be created by a child and another adult, another woman and another man. It’s not just about the size of the bracelet. The weight of the decorations and the material from which the bracelet was made is also significant.
A bracelet for everyone is a classic element, its choice is a very individual matter. We can be guided by aesthetics, stylistics or the meaning of future decorations. Remember, however, that our choice will have a meaning and influence how we will be perceived by the people around us. If we’re going to a club for motorcyclists, we can give up a few hours of black silicone band worn for some time on the wrist.
Wearing a chain above the ankle on a barbecue afternoon among friends may be understood and will result in embarrassing situations. So it’s worth knowing!
As you probably noticed, I tried not to go into details too much and not to unduly develop particular issues. I focused on the general presentation of the topic of the bracelet and the collection of information that I have from various sources. Sometimes I am not even able to point them out. Some of them I have deliberately omitted, because in my view they are more digressions in the context of the subject being discussed.
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