A bracelet is an accessory that is worn not just as an ornament but it serves other purposes as well. When worn as jewelry, it is used as an accessory to the garment. When worn for cultural and religious purposes, it represents sentiments. A bracelet is also used to solve health issues. Versatile and multi-utilitarian, it can be made from various materials, such as, metal, leather, cloth, plastic, and even beads. Sometimes, jewelry bracelets have rocks, shells, crystals or pearls in them. Depending on the clasp, a bracelet can also be called a bangle. A bangle is usually single and has an inflexible loop. When worn around the ankle, it is called an ‘anklet’. Similarly, when worn around the upper arm it is an ‘armlet’, and a ‘boot bracelet’ when it is used to decorate boots.
The origin of the word ‘bracelet’ comes from the Greek word ‘brachile’ meaning ‘of the arm’, via Old French ‘bracel’. One of the oldest bracelets comes from the Egyptian era with the bracelet being as old as 5000 BCE. Made from materials such as bones, stones and woods, it served religious and spiritual interests. The scarab bracelet
is one of the most famous bracelets of that time, signifying rebirth and regeneration, and found wrapped with the mummies.
The bracelet found its way into other civilizations, too, as religious or superstitious symbolism. In Bulgaria, a tradition called Martenitsa is practiced, which involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta
for spring to come sooner. A similar tradition is followed in Greece, where a bracelet weaved out of red and white string is worn on the first day of March till the end of summer. In India, the number and type of bangles worn by a woman denotes her marital status. Alternatively, health bracelets such as ionized bracelets, magnetic bracelets, power balance hologram bracelets are also very popular.
Bracelets can be worn in many different ways. Wear it as a single piece, with a watch, or stack up a few bracelets for added effect. When wearing a bracelet with your watch, you need to make sure the colors are perfectly blended. You can also combine bracelets with charms to go with the color of the watch’s strap. Slipping multiple bracelets around the wrist gives a textured look. First, pick a bracelet that perfectly matches your outfit. Then, choose bracelets that highlight it or overwhelm your focal point. Stack with a watch, a leather bracelet, a metal one, and also maybe a link bracelet. Use different colors, and even sizes to make it more versatile.
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