A Bracelet is a Charming Gift Anytime

The Charm of a Bracelet is a Gift You Can Give At Anytime

BraceletA Bracelet is an item of jewelry that adorns the wrist and adds to the beauty of a delicate hand. The word bracelet is derived from ‘brachile” the Latin word which means “of the arm”. Bracelets can have an exotic look and there is no woman who wouldn’t want to show off a beautiful accessory adorning her wrist.
Bracelets have been an adornment for mankind for a long time.

Bracelets made of palm fronds, grasses, wood, beads, stones, bone strips and hides etc were all worn by our ancestors. Bone was cut and fashioned into rings and fastened in a circle. Ivory was also popular in the early ages.
 Superstitions abound around the wearing of bracelets in all different parts of the world. There are some that believe that some types of bracelet ward off all evil, but others have a converse belief that they bring good luck. The Greeks have a superstition where mothers make bracelets (called a Martis or a Marita) from red and white string these are then tied around their children’s wrists at the beginning of March. The belief is that when the children wear these bracelets they will be protected from the first hot sun in spring and ensure that it does not burn their cheeks. On the following day then the bracelets are cast into a bonfire.

Bracelets today are made from a huge variety of different materials. They can be made from all the precious metals such as platinum, gold, silver, white gold, palladium. To add elegance and value to the bracelet jewelers incorporate precious gemstones that are set in these precious metal bracelets.

The more affordable and mass produced bracelets that are made with cheaper materials like plastic, beads, glass etc can be found in all novelty stores. A bangle is also a type of bracelet, these are traditionally worn by women in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Some men in Asia also wear a single bangle called a kada or a kara. These can be in plain form or set with stones. Bangles can be made of glass and when a few are worn together they make a beautiful tinkling sound. Any material that you can think of has been used in the making of bracelets over history.

Occasions have always been celebrated with bracelet of some sort. Sporting events are big on having a bracelet for the event. Health and emergency bracelets have been around for a while with an individuals ID, medical information and contact numbers engraved into a disk attached to the bracelet. These have been made to look more fashionable recently. Colored silicon rubber is used in the production of sports bracelets and this trend has been carried over to many other events, in the form of wristbands, for cancer awareness.

The tennis bracelet used to be called a “solo bracelet” or a thin diamond line bracelet. They are thin and stylish and have a uniform pattern of diamonds set all the way around the bracelet. It became known as the “tennis bracelet” after Chris Evert, the professional tennis star, had one that broke a clasp during the US Open and she asked that the match be stopped so that she could find for her bracelet. Charm bracelets are extremely popular as they have all sorts of charms attached such little hearts, fairies, angels, crosses etc and can be added to over time. The charms that one attaches to the bracelet will have a special meaning to the wearer and can signifysome important event or occasion in that person’s life.

See how a traditional Greek martis is made: