A bracelet is a piece of jewellery that adorns the wrist or the forearm. The word bracelet is derived from the Latin word ‘brachium’ meaning arm. Bracelets are universal and versatile ornaments, displayed by both men and women. However the intricacies and designs incorporated in the bracelet vary for men and women. The history of Indian bracelets started with bone and shell bracelets, moving to gold and silver after the discovery of these metals. Today Indian bracelets are available in a variety of materials, designs and styles.
Indian bracelets for weddings and other special occasions are generally made of gold or silver. While gold seems to be a popular choice with women for daily wear as well as celebrations, the men prefer bracelets made of silver or other metals, reserving gold for exclusive occasions like weddings.
The different Indian bracelets can be classified on the basis of styles, which are as follows:
This type of bracelet is circular in structure like a bangle but unlike a bangle that is uniformly decorated throughout, a bracelet may have a highlighting decoration. This bracelet also gives the comfort of adjusting the size on the wrist. The bangle bracelet may also have a hinge and lock mechanism.
Women’s everyday bangle bracelets can be subtle and delicate, and opulent for party wear. They can be embellished with gem stones or use craftsmanship like Meenakari. Here are some designs for women’s bangle bracelets from Diagold available on our website, Strand of Silk.
Under the Sikh religion, steel or iron bangle bracelet called ‘kada’ is a symbol of religious virtues for an initiated Sikh. Nowadays the kada is worn as an embellishment by men and women of other communities too as a fashion accessory.
Torque bangle bracelets that are open at one end, with spheres or etched makaras (mythical sea creatures) on the ends are popular designs of Indian bracelets in bangle form for men. Some common bangle like Indian bracelets for men are illustrated below
The cuffs are wider open ended bracelets and are more noticeable than any other form of bracelets. The women’s cuff tends to be more wide and artistic compared to the men’s cuff. The cuffs can be called as a statement piece of jewellery worn to enhance one’s outfit look.
The traditional Indian bridal cuff bracelet, which is very noticeable, is called the Patla. The Patla generally has a hinge and lock mechanism for ease of wearing. The following images show women’s cuff bracelets ranging from traditional to contemporary styles
Men’s cuffs can be made of gold, silver or even metals like copper. The images below show Indian bracelets for men in cuff style
Chain bracelets are made of looped repetitive patterns and do not have a rigid form like the bangle. They have a loose fall owing to the chain links. They may have a highlight ornament attached and can be strung with pearls or studded with diamonds. Silver, gold or any other metal can be used in these chained forms of Indian bracelets.
Women’s chain bracelets
Men’s Chain bracelets
These are chain or strand bracelets with the addition of charms on them. This concept of charm bracelet was incorporated into Indian bracelets from the western world. Charms available in various shapes like books, cars, moon, dolphins, stars, flowers, babies, buildings, letters and food items can be added to a chain bracelet to make it unique as per the significance of charms to the wearer or individual preference.
The charm bracelets are more popular with the younger Indians, who like to display it as a fashion accessory. These Indian bracelets can be custom made by adding the desired charms, through any trusted jeweller. Some well known online jewellers also offer charms separately, which can be bought for a chained bracelet.
Women’s charm bracelets
Men’s charm bracelets
Apart from the use of expensive materials like gold, silver, precious stones and pearls in Indian bracelets, since time immemorial, beads, leather, glass, bones and shells have been used to make jewellery. The tribes of India adorn themselves with jewellery made from materials easily available in nature. Such jewellery is being adopted as contemporary jewellery in the Indian metros. Youngsters lean more towards the use of such jewellery than more expensive ones, as it is financially accessible and looks exclusive and trendy.
Rudraksh bracelets which use certain seeds from trees are given divine importance and are considered to represent Lord Shiva. Such bead bracelets are also adorned on wrists by men in India. The rudraksh beads are also used with metal bracelets.
Women’s fashion bracelets
Men’s fashion bracelets
This is a unique Indian bracelet used on Indian babies to ward off the evil around. Generally silver is the popular choice of metal for these bracelets, in which the highlight is the use of black beads. These black bead bracelets are also available in gold.
When it comes to jewellery in India, sky is the limit for women, men as well as kids. Indian bracelets are integral to Indian adornment, after all Indians are traditionally raised wearing bracelets right from their childhood.
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