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 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.



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


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.


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


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


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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Beaded bracelets feature beads threaded onto string or wire.


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


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.


A tennis bracelet is a bracelet that contains a series of gems such as diamonds that are connected via a thin precious metal chain. This elegant item of jewelry is usually made from 14k or 18k gold although Sterling silver and platinum are also popular.
A silver bracelet can be cleaned by placing it in a bowl of warm water containing a mild detergent for approximately 10-15 minutes. It can then be gently scrubbed using a soft toothbrush, rinsed under a running tap and dried with a microfiber cloth or left to air dry. If the bracelet contains stubborn grease, it could be soaked in a solution of vinegar and baking soda for 2-3 hours before cleaning as directed above.
Wrap a piece of string or a tape measure around your wrist, so it is tight but comfortable. Take the measurement and compare it to a sizing chart. Sizes for men and women are different but range from extra small to extra large.
How you fix a broken metal bracelet will depend very much on what the damage is. If the chain or bracelet itself is damaged, it can be soldered back together. If the clasp is broken, ideally it should be replaced as any repairs are likely to weaken an already delicate part of the bracelet. If the hinge needs repairing, this will need to done by a jeweller as more metal may need to be added, springs replaced, or the inner wires tightened.