A HISTORY OF JEWELLERY: THE BRACELET
MARCH 31, 2014 by DOROTHY MURPHY
Everyone is familiar with the bracelet, a piece of jewellery that is worn around the wrist that can be made from loads of different materials some sparkly others not so much. But did you know how it came about that we adorn ourselves with the beautiful bracelets that we wear today.
The oldest discovered bracelets, just like engagement rings date back to Egyptian times. These bracelets were definitely of the non sparkly variety. Made from materials such a wood and bone the bracelets served the purpose of representing the persons religion and spirituality rather than just being a decorative item. In Serbia there has even been a bracelet found dating back to 40000 BP belonging to a young girl whose body was also uncovered in the Altai Mountains.
There are also traditions around the world associated with bracelets, in Bulgaria a bracelet is worn to welcome in spring and in Greece a red bracelet is worn during the summer months to protect the wearer from their skin being sun damaged. Not sure whether that would be very effective or not but I’d lash on the sun cream just in case!