From bangle to band, link to link, the bracelet is one of the earliest forms of jewellery, found throughout history and can be traced back as early as 5000BC. No longer limited to the wrists of nobility, the bracelet has found its way to becoming a staple piece of a lady's jewellery collection. Some of the earliest examples were made from organic materials such as leather cords and braided leaves and foliage. As the human race developed and tastes changed so did the materials used for adornment. The discovery of precious metals such as gold and silver lent their malleable properties to advanced designs which would stand the test of time.
Creative pieces which include precious gemstones, hand engraving, symbols, enamelling, openwork, carvings and filigree to decorate bracelets. As an articulated piece made up of a series of links, bracelets have the capacity to move with the wearer making them eye-catching and wearable. Bracelets which are solid and do not have the flow of movement are called bangles. To accommodate the solid styling bangles, there are a number of ways which they can be fitted to the wearer. Either as a continuous or open hoop which can be slipped over the hand and onto the wrist or fitted with a hinge to open and close securely onto the wearer.
One of the most favoured styles since the 1920s is the diamond line bracelet, or now in modern times more widely known as the tennis bracelet. This design is simple and features a continuous line of diamonds each set in an articulated collet and fastened with a secure clasp. This classic and versatile piece of jewellery can be worn as a stand-alone piece or ‘stacked' next to other bracelets or indeed a watch. Traditionally featuring diamonds, this type of bracelet can also be set with coloured stones or a combination of diamonds and coloured gemstones.