An ornament of the wrist and arm, usually of precious metal and in the shape of a circle. It is the classic definition of a bracelet that we all know. But what do we know about its origins and its history?
The use of the bracelet has been attested since ancient times with the introduction of metals.
History of the bracelet
The first people to speak the Greek language, the Mycenaeans created spiral or ribbon gold bracelets engraved with geometric shapes with magical meanings. The Egyptians and the Babylonians also wore, at the ankles, thick circles decorated with mythological images, engraved with enamels and set with turquoise beetles. The Mycenaean civilization thrived between 1650 and 1200 BC.
Some modern fashionable bracelets track activity such as jogging, aerobics, tennis and keep the wearer safe.
The nineteenth century
Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, bracelets were the most used and artistically beautiful jewels. However, though, towards the middle of the 20th century in Italy, they were made of various forms and metals. Some were even patriotically decorated with small mosaics or miniatures depicting the various cities or portraits of the Royals.
In Victorian England, as a token of love, those of hair intertwined with thin strands of gold depopulated.