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Bracelets Information

  The bracelet is an ornament worn on the wrist or forearm; sometimes they are worn on both arms, two or more at the same time.  They have been worn by men and women since  primitive times.  It is believed that the first bracelets were made of bone, coral or ivory.  Bracelets were worn by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.  Sometimes they were set with gemstones and coins.  Bracelets were popular articles of Etruscan and Anglo-Saxon jewelry.  They were less prevalent in the Middle Ages and Renaissance due to the long sleeves that were popular during that time. However, they were revived in the 18th and 19th century.  In the Victorian era they were part of the mourning jewelry often made with the hair of the deceased.

Bracelets come in all shapes and sizes. Cuff, multi-strand and link bracelets were all very popular in the last quarter of the 19th century. Following that period, lacy filigree bracelets with detailed scrolling designs made of polished silver, burnished gold, brass and gilt were the fashion. Hinged filigree bracelets were very much in demand in the late 1920s and early 1930s.


Bangle bracelets became very fashionable in the 1st decade of the 20th century; they were worn in earlier times and adapt easily to new styles. Some bangle bracelets were thin and elaborately hand engraved or embossed. They were made of solid gold, gold filled, rolled gold plate or sterling silver. Plastic bracelets were also used to create a different look with color and texture.


The historical origins of bracelets lie in adornment, magic and wealth.  Antique Bracelets were painstakingly made and carefully finished.  Quality workmanship was taken for granted and jewelry was made to last; people owned less and wore their few good things longer.  This high level of workmanship is found in only top-quality jewelry today but to people of earlier times, it was the expected standard.


The advice on about bracelets jewelry antique to vintage Information comes from jewelry experts Linda and Perry, as well as from our frequent visitors. If you'd like to add anything to this page, or have us add a topic of interest for you, email us at


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