Jewelry Guide: Bracelets

Ranging from dainty pendants to diamond strands, bracelets can be ideal for everyday wear or reserved for special occasions. A solitaire pendant featuring a gemstone of her favorite color makes an ideal gift. Things to consider when choosing a necklace include: style, length, metal, gemstones, and, in some cases, chain type.


BRACELETS

Bracelets are a type of jewelry constantly visible to the wearer, making it a meaningful gift and constant reminder of the giver. Factors to consider when purchasing a bracelet include: style, metal, gemstones, and, in some cases, fit. While some bracelets are “free size”, others come in different lengths or can be adjusted to fit the wearer.

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Chain

A chain is formed from a series of connected metal links. Fine metal chains come in a variety of styles and widths.

Link

Similar to chain bracelets, link bracelets are made up of connected links. However, links tend to be much larger and sometimes feature non-metal accents.

Pearl Strand

A pearl strand features a single row of matched pearls.

Leather

Made from leather instead of precious metal, bracelet styles include leather cuffs and braided leather bracelets.

Tennis

Tennis bracelets feature a fixed row of matched diamonds or gemstones.

Charm

A charm bracelet is a bracelet adorned with decorative trinkets, often with personal significance. Three popular types are the dangling charm bracelet, the European charm bracelet, and the Italian charm bracelet.

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Bead

Beaded bracelets feature beads threaded onto string or wire.

Bangle

A bangle is a rigid bracelet often worn in a stack. A bangle can either be a solid, continuous circle, or be made up of two pieces connected by a hinge (split bangle).

Corded

Corded bracelets are made of cord, a thin rope formed from twisted strands. They often feature a metal clasp or metal accents.

Cuff

A cuff is a solid bracelet with no hinge, clasp, or moveable parts. Though similar to a bangle, a cuff does not form a full circle.