The bracelet is one of the most popular articles of jewelry for both men and women. Though primitive examples have been uncovered, the bracelet became a genuine fashion accessory in Ancient Egypt. Worn by both kings and commoners alike, early bracelets were made of natural materials like stones, bones and woods. They often served a spiritual or religious purpose. We know this because they were often adorned with sacred symbols, like the scarab beetle going here.
To the Ancient Egyptians, the insect represented regeneration and rebirth. Scarab beetles were carved by hand by skilled artisans and were often buried with their owners. When metallurgy came to Egypt sometime in the 3rd century BC, bracelets were fashioned from precious metals like silver and gold. Of course, only the wealthy could afford them. Everyone else had to settle for bracelets made of leather or rope.
Both the Greeks and the Romans used the bracelet as a fashion accessory. They were especially popular with Roman centurions, who wore thick bands made of leather to protect their wrists during battle. The quality and price of a bracelet could even denote rank, as generals typically wore more elaborate articles that were made of gold.
Where are we now?
Though modern bracelets rarely have a spiritual purpose or meaning, they remain one of the world’s most wore article of jewelry. They are also one of the few decorative accessories most men feel completely comfortable wearing, unlike earrings, necklaces or even rings. Of course, as with most jewelry, bracelets are more popular with the fairer sex. Many women wear them on a daily basis. Like other kinds of jewelry, there are several popular styles or types of bracelets. Let us take a moment to review them individually.
Made of simple and inexpensive silicone rubber, sports (or gel) bracelets are probably the world’s most wore type of bracelet. One particularly popular model is the Yellow Livestrong wristband that was introduced in 2003 and has now sold around 100 million units. The appeal of these basic, unadorned bracelets is that they can be worn by either men or women, at work or at play. It also doesn’t hurt that they only cost around a dollar or two each.
Thin in-line bracelets with diamonds got their popular nickname when Tennis champion Chris Evert broke her elegant accessory during an important game. The match was suspected for several minutes while the athlete recovered her scattered diamonds. Tennis bracelets have been a popular article of jewelry ever since. Because they are glamorous and often expensive, they are typically only worn to formal occasions, such as operas, balls, and upscale cocktail parties. A genuine diamond tennis bracelet can cost several, even tens of thousands of dollar. But there are far more economical options. Tennis bracelets that include cubic zirconias or simulated diamonds can be found for only a few hundred dollars.