I admit it. Bracelets seem to go in and out of fashion. Their purpose seems to have changed in cycles over the years. Maybe I’m wrong. What is certain is that bracelets and bangles have always been worn, regardless of their significance.
After necklaces, bracelets and bangles are probably the biggest form of jewelry as regards sheer size. After all, they need to go all the way around your wrist. Some of us have bigger wrists than others. Before buying your bangle or bracelet, make sure it will fit you. Take a measuring tape and measure the circumference of your wrist. Now read the description. Will it fit? Even if there is half a centimeter missing, it is not going to work for you.
You may be asking about the difference between a bracelet and a bangle. While both are jewels worn around the arm or wrist, a bangle is rigid while a bracelet is floppy. Simple as that!
The mere words 'bracelet and bangle' conjure up the sense of fun and pleasure associated with these increasingly rare items of antique jewelry. ‘Increasingly rare’ because nothing can match the beauty and workmanship put into these items in past centuries, when the beauty of a woman's arms was well understood.
Look at the exquisite portraits of women of every size painted by Ingres and his contemporaries - at least a pair of bracelets adorned each voluptuous arm. Sarah Bernardt, perhaps not the greatest natural beauty, knew how to WoW her audience and admirers - with superb bangles and bracelets up and down her arms.
From the delicacy of a Victorian or Edwardian finely gem-set piece, through the bold design of the Deco and Retro eras, there is a world of artistic beauty to be found in the bracelet.
I noticed an interesting phenomenon about bangles and bracelets. Lots of the old styles were re-worked or directly copied by many of the big jewelry houses of the 20th century. Cartier, Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels and many others, all made dragon bangles and bangles with lion or Fu-dog terminals, most of which are direct copies of the ancient Indian and Chinese pieces. Why not search out the originals?
Many of the most fabulous bangles were made during the Art Deco era (circa1925-35). They were big. Wide and big and made a huge statement. Today, these big bangles are highly sought after.
During the ‘40s and 50’s Mrs. Wallace Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, led the charge in wearing delicate charm bracelets. Have they gone out of style? I think not.
We hope to be your perfect source for a broad range of bangles and bracelets. We try to locate the special pieces, each one unique and with a personal story to tell and a wonderful aesthetic accessory to add to your collection. Every jewel is personally handpicked to match your great taste. We are always on the lookout for the perfect item, sensitive to nuances, trends, whims and changes, but including only the eternally wonderful in our collection.
My passion for only the best and most unique has proven to be a winning formula and I'm lucky and privileged to pursue the dream job of finding you these jewels.