From bangle to band, chain to articulated link, the bracelet is one of the earliest forms of jewellery found throughout history and can be traced back as early as 5000 BC. Today, the bracelet is a staple piece in a lady's jewellery collection with simple antique silver and gold bracelets being especially popular. Some of the earliest examples of antique bracelets were made from organic materials such as leather cords and braided leaves and foliage. The discovery of malleable precious metals such as gold and silver advanced the bracelet design, to a piece which would stand the test of time.
Bracelets can include a range of features, such as precious gemstones, hand engraving, enamelling, openwork, carving and filigree. Often an articulated piece of jewellery, antique and vintage bracelets have the capacity to move with the wearer making them eye-catching and wearable.
One of the most favoured styles of vintage bracelets since the 1920s is the diamond line bracelet, now often known as the ‘tennis bracelet'. This vintage diamond bracelet design is simple and features a continuous line of diamonds each set in individual collets and fastened with a secure clasp. This classic and versatile piece of antique jewellery can be worn as a stand-alone piece or ‘stacked' next to other bracelets or even a watch. Traditionally featuring diamonds, this type of bracelet can also be set with coloured gemstones or a combination of both to produce a striking look.
Cleaning vintage and antique bracelets is a delicate process. Start by creating a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Soak any pure metal bracelets, for example antique or vintage gold bracelets, in the mixture for a minute before brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush. For bracelets with gemstones, you can brush gently with soft toothbrush in some warm water. Allow to dry fully before putting away. If you do not know how best to clean your bracelet, ask a reputable jeweller. We recommend cleaning your jewellery once every month, and it is worth getting vintage and antique bracelets cleaned professionally once a year.
Vintage and antique bracelets are available in a wide range of different materials. Gold and platinum are usually the main metals used to create antique and vintage bracelets, as a result of their longevity. The combination of expert craftsmanship and quality materials means these pieces have lasted decades, or even centuries, and have maintained their exceptional quality. Bracelets can be set with diamonds, coloured gemstones, or feature other decorative materials such as enamel.
For everyday wear, simple gold or platinum bracelets are at the forefront, as they can be easily styled and the strong material means they can endure being worn daily.
Vintage and antique diamond bracelets are especially timeless, meaning they can be enjoyed by generations to come.
If you are looking for a statement piece, we have an array of bracelets set with striking coloured gemstones that would be perfect for a special occasion.
A bracelet refers to a flexible piece that is made out of a series of links, whereas a bangle is a solid piece of metal that retains its shape.