Bracelets And Bangles Through History
The first known bracelets and bangles date back to around 2500 B.C. and were those worn by the Sumerians in southern Mesopotamia. Bracelets, necklaces, anklets, finger rings and earrings made the women of Sumer into show windows of their husband's prosperity. Bracelets were found in the tombs of Ur where it was customary to bury royalty with their jewellery and unfortunately their poor servants.
By about 2000 BC, in Ancient Egypt, bracelets emerged as major items of jewellery. Bracelets were found in the ruins from the Vesuvius eruption in Pompeii in 79 A.D.
It was during the age of the Egyptian Pharaohs that charm bracelets were initially seen although charms on their own dated back as far as the Neolithic era when men would gather unusual pieces of stone and wood which would be carried on their person in order to ward off evil spirits. So these charms were considered ‘lucky charms' and powerful protectors against evil.
It wasn't until the time of the Pharaohs though that these charms were incorporated into elaborate pieces of jewellery such as bracelets and bangles which were not only believed to offer protection but were also a sign of how wealthy the person was or had been in life and after death would be an indicator to the Gods of this individuals proper status in the after life.
In Grecian times bracelets were popular with men and soldiers wore defensive bands of leather, often decorated with gold, silver, copper or gemstones, on their forearms. They were called ‘Bracels,' from the Latin Brachium, meaning, ‘arm.' When women caught on that these Bracels would also look good on them, they started wearing smaller versions, called little Bracels or ‘Bracel-ets.'
The history of bracelets and bangles stretches forward through the Middle Ages of medieval Europe through the Baroque period of the 1700s, and on all the way to the present.
Throughout history, bracelets and bangles have been made from many different materials such as leather, iron, copper, bone and shell as well as precious metals and gemstones.
Throughout history bracelets and bangles have always been popular and the styles have varied according to dress styles. In cultures where people wore sleeveless or short sleeved attire such as the Romans and ancient Greeks, the wearing of bracelets both on the upper and lower arm became popular with both females and males.
Today, bracelets made with a variety of materials worn by both males and females in a wide range of styles. Whatever your tastes and whatever your budget, there is an enormous choice of bracelets and bangles for everyone.