Bright and colourful, just as you’d expect from Abrahams Store these high gloss decorated narrow enamel bangles have a solid and long lasting brass body.
Bracelets, bangles and Cuffs
Firstly, just to be clear, bracelets and bangles go all the way around the wrist whereas cuffs do not. The difference between bangles and bracelets is that bangles are solid whereas bracelets articulate. That means that to be put on bracelets require hinges and catches or even simple elastic.
So much of our jewellery is worn because of its protective or healing powers. Copper is trusted to ward off rheumatism whereas in Greece wearing a bracelet protects you from the sun. In Greek folklore a martis bracelet, made out of red and white fabric acts, as a sunscreen. But you must wear it from the beginning of March until the end of the summer for it to work. OK, well perhaps not, otherwise the purveyors of factor 15 would be out of business. It’s not clear to me if the red and white is important but when I am lucky enough to go back to Greece, perhaps I’ll try it.
Making a Statement
Bracelets always say something about the owner, sometimes more than others. In some parts of India the number of bangles that a woman wears declares her marital status. In other parts of India, as elsewhere, Sikhs wear an iron bracelet as one of the “5 Ks” required by their religion. These days steel is used for the Kara as well as the Kirpan or dagger. Abrahams store offers a number of beautiful bracelets and bangles but none have any hidden meaning (unless you want them to).
Types of Bracelet
The names of bracelets come from a variety of sources, such as the Hololith Bracelet. The lith part derives from the Greek for stone (e.g. neolithic means new stone) and holo, likewise, means all or whole. Thus a hololithic bracelet is made from a single piece of stone. A more recent innovation is the Tennis Bracelet. Not necessarily invented by but certainly inspired from the Tennis Bracelet worn by Chris Evert, star of the Tennis circuit. She was hugely successful on court in the 1970s and 80s, maybe less so off court. During one match at the US open she lost her diamond studded bracelet causing something of an uproar. In the ensuing media frenzie, the Tennis Bracelet was born.
Historically these arm accoutrements were made of metal, stone and wooden but the advent of plastics meant more adventurous designs could be made and others made more cheaply. Josie has a wonderful collection of bangles, bracelets and cuffs. Some are on the right, ranging from the very old to the very modern.
See the collection of Jewellery available from Abrahams Store, here .