A bracelet is an item of clothing or jewelry that is worn around the wrist. Bracelets can be made of fabric, leather, plastic or metal, and sometimes contain rocks, wood and/or animal shells. They may also include a watch or other measuring devices such as a thermometer, tachometer, barometer, etc.
Bracelets can also be used for medical purposes. Identification and medical alert bracelets are bracelets that allow you to carry vital information with you at all times. In certain emergency situations, they can be used to provide first responders with vital information that must be taken into account to optimize first aid. There are identification and medical alert bracelets for people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy. There are also allergy bracelets, mentioning allergens and hospital identification.
Some are worn as lucky charm like the Brazilian bracelet. When worn higher up on the arm, and usually made of fabric, they are called armbands. In the plural, it is a slang expression for handcuffs. The miniaturization of radio technology has made it possible to introduce electronic bracelets that allow remote monitoring of people: this controversial technology is being considered in several countries as an alternative to detention. In some cases and by extension, the same objects worn around the ankle are called “ankle bracelets“.
Finally, the antistatic bracelet is a device placed around the wrist, used to eliminate electrostatic charges when working on sensitive electronic components.
Shamballa bracelet: a bracelet combines a knotted cord and beads decorated with small rhinestones. The shamballa was made famous by many stars of the music world.
Sports bracelet: popularized by the Nike and Lance Armstrong brand, sports bracelets are normally made of brightly colored silicone rubber with the brand name engraved. This type of wristband is increasingly used by people or associations who are trying to warn society of a problem and evoke sensitivity in people. This is why they are also called awareness bracelets, for example the bracelet to raise awareness about racism, AIDS, breast cancer, etc.
Cadence bracelet: The cadence bracelet is often made of a strip of paper listing the running times for a running competition.
Tennis bracelet: the tennis bracelet is a bracelet made of diamonds of the same size that form a line. The name of the tennis bracelet is associated with tennis champion Chris Evert who wore a diamond bracelet even during her tennis matches. During the US Open 1987 C. Evert accidentally lost her diamond bracelet created by George Badewi and the match was interrupted to allow C. Evert to recover her diamonds.
Pearl bracelet: in the first sense of the term, a pearl refers to a pearly body that forms inside certain shells. In the 21st century, in the field of jewelry, a pearl generally denotes a ball pierced with a hole that can be of different materials (glass, wood, metal, etc.) and different colors. Beads strung on a wire or string form a bracelet of pearls. According to Persian mythology, pearls are the tears of the gods. For ancient China, it is moonlight that has the power to make pearls grow. The Greeks believed that pearls are born from the dew that the moon deposits in the flesh offered by oysters floating on the surface of the waters. The Romans attributed pearls to Venus, spicing up their theory of oriental myths that include an impregnation by divine seed in the form of heavenly dew. Indian pearls are used to create objects from a philosophical belief system such as Tizlics bracelets. The pearls that we know today are mostly cultured pearls, that is, manufactured pearls used to create jewelry.
Charm Bracelet: A charm bracelet is a bracelet that carries personal charms - decorative pendants that symbolize different things in the wearer's life. The history of charm jewelry dates back to the Neolithic period, when people collected unusual stones or pieces of wood and wore them around their arms or necks to protect themselves from ferocious animals, natural disasters and other dangers. The charms therefore had the function of amulets. Nowadays, there are several brands that make charm bracelets made of gold, silver or glass. These charms are interchangeable and allow wearers to create their own personalized look. The concept of charm bracelets was introduced by the Danish company Trollbeads in 1976 and has been popularized in Europe and the United States, especially by the Danish company Pandora, since 2002.
Bangles: Bangles (or Churi) bracelets are traditional ornaments worn by Indian women, especially by Hindus after marriage. Bangles are made of rings which, unlike ordinary bracelets, are not flexible. They are made of many precious and non-precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, glass, wood, ferrous metals, plastic, etc. They may also include precious stones such as diamonds or pearls. Bangles are part of traditional Indian jewelry.
Cuff Bracelet: The cuff bracelet is a large rigid bracelet that does not close around the wrist. It evokes the cuff of a shirt forming a kind of fixed wrist, where its name comes from. It tightens the wrist and goes up to the forearm. In fashion since the second half of the 19th century, the cuff bracelet is a flagship jewel of the 1930s.
Bracelet de force: the bracelet de force is a large leather bracelet that tightens the wrist, worn mainly by men. Sometimes these bracelets have metal spikes protruding from the bracelet and are an indispensable accessory in Gothic fashion.
Slap (snap) bracelets: These are bracelets that wrap themselves around the wrist. It is a flat metal band that closes with a light blow on the wrist. Slap bracelets were a real fashion trend in the 1980s and 1990s; they were normally in fluorescent, reflective colors.
Rush bracelet: these are ring bracelets whose all around is of equal thickness. The shape of the rings can be round or oval. Some models have open rings.
Garter Bracelet: very fashionable in the 1860s, the garter bracelet is a flexible bracelet composed of a strap and a clasp. It takes its name of garter bracelet because it imitates the latter. It consists of a wide and flat precious metal chain with ornamented ends. One of the ends passes through the other, allows to adjust the width of the bracelet and is worn hanging.
Chain bracelet: these are flexible metal bracelets made up of chain links. Small medallions are sometimes hung on these chains.
Plate bracelet: the bracelet plate is a flat chain with a plate on which can be engraved a first name, initials or a pattern. The fact of offering this jewel can have a particular meaning. It is often offered for a special occasion.
Silicone bracelet: that can have different promotional uses.
Gourmette: Bracelet made up of a chain with flattened links and a plate generally bearing the first name of its owner.
Semainier: Bracelet made up of seven rings symbolizing the days of the week. The semainier was in vogue at the end of the 19th century.