Bracelets are beautiful pieces of jewellery that can be a showstopper or subtly sublime. There are endless styles and designs of bracelets to choose from, coming in a variety of materials. This guide will take you through the different types of bracelets and their most popular design styles.
Types of Bracelets for Women
There are countless bracelets for women, from luxury designer brands to the humble friendship bracelet. Though this list is in no way complete, it does showcase some of the most popular bracelet types available at the majority of jewellers.
Bangles are one of the most widespread styles of bracelet designs. A bangle is a closed-loop bracelet, usually made from one piece of metal or other material. It is worn by slipping it over the hand and wrist to rest on the arm. It's a bracelet style that has been around for several millennia and has been worn throughout the ages by royalty and working folk alike. Unlike other bracelets, the bangle design is unique for having no fastening. It is also incredibly versatile as it can be worn on its own or stacked with multiple bracelets. This is the difference between bangles, bracelets and anklets.
A chain bracelet is just like a chain necklace but for the wrist. It can be created in whatever chain style you desire. The only difference between chain bracelets and necklaces is the length of the chain. A chain for the wrist obviously is a lot shorter than a necklace, even if it's a choker chain. Chain bracelets can be Cuban, Figaro, Box, Snake, Herringbone, Rope or even Double Link chains. They usually have the same classic fastening as a trigger clasp making them simple to put on. Though, sometimes you might need a little help from a friend.
Tennis bracelets are usually encrusted with gems around the full circumference. They are normally fairly flexible and robust pieces of jewellery but have a lot of sparkle for special occasions. These baguette-style bracelets have a metal base with gems throughout but don't have to be diamonds. Cubic Zirconia makes a great replacement as they are better for the earth, people and your budget. Choose a tennis bracelet if you want a bit of glam but are not a fan of big earrings or chunky necklaces.
A cuff bracelet is just like a bangle with a rigid band but has an opening that allows you to slide the bracelet over your wrist rather than along your hand onto your wrist. Cuff bracelets are easy to put on and come in the same wide variety of designs as other bracelets. They may be smooth, jewel-encrusted or have imprinted designs on the metal.
Custom bracelets can be created in any of the above types but are frequently seen in chain bracelets. If you are personalising a bracelet with a name, initials or word, the lettering will usually be produced and suspended between two link chains that attach with a fastening around the wrist. Personalised bracelets make an excellent statement piece and a wonderful jewellery gift for friends or family.
Women's Silver & Gold Bracelets
Bracelets can be created in any material but metals are the most popular base for them to be made from.
Gold bracelets for women have been popular throughout history. But sold gold bracelets can be expensive. Instead, opt for gold filled or gold plated bracelets. These are more affordable and very robust as they are usually an alloy with stainless steel. This will make them long-lasting, tarnish-free and water-resistant. Check out our favourite bracelets for women.
Silver bracelets come in just as many styles as gold and are becoming as popular. Just like gold, you can choose filled or plated silver for a more affordable option than pure silver. Silver is known for it's shine and malleability so you may find even more intricate options available. Here is our 2021 silver bracelet lookbook for women.
Now you know all the different types of bracelets, it is now time to shop. Check out our full bracelet collection that features bangles, cuffs, tennis style and chain bracelets. Don't forget our personalised jewellery options for that extra special design.