January 25, 2010

It's All On The Wrist

Some say the origin of the bracelet dates back more than 6000 years to ancient Egypt and throughout Africa in the cradle of civilization as well as in ancient China. Bracelets in Egypt and Africa were initially made with wood, stones, bones, and plant fibers and later copper and bronze while China produced the first known innovation to this popular jewelry with jade bracelets and elaborate gold bracelets starting in 2,000 B.C. (credit: bracelets.com)

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a bracelet is "an ornamental band or chain worn around the wrist" but I don't think you can oversimplify this piece of jewelry.  While I adore necklaces and earrings, a beautiful bracelet can be the perfect expression of individuality.  There's no better accessory for well defined arms than a strapless dress or sleeveless blouse and chunks of colorful gemstones like the ones I've designed for The Shop at JulRe Designs  (above) or a simple, singular row of exquisite diamonds.  And bracelets are the perfect adornment for those expressive souls who love to speak volumes with their hands. The flashes of color or sparkle have the power to distract you from a compelling conversation or completely occupy your mind during a boring one.  Some find them annoying.  They can be quite noisy when piled on in sets.  I wouldn't suggest an armful of bangles for your next interview.   And true, they do get in the way when you're trying to write or type but that's a small price to pay for true arm glamour.  I never leave home without one....or six.

BONUS: View delicious arm candy from 3 of my favorite indie jewelry designers: Anne Maa, Laura Timmins and Sharon MacLeod

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