The growing trend of wearing bracelets compliments the conservative financial attitude of today’s economy. There is an interesting resurgence in living simply while remaining elegant. Bracelets reveal the personality, style, and the playfulness of the wearer. It is a simple accessory that can quickly change the look of any outfit without breaking the bank. Several brightly-colored bangles can bring a fresh look to work attire, while a single cuff bracelet can give a sophisticated look to that little black dress for an evening on the town.
Bracelets are also an easily-seen and cross-gender way to be socially conscious. They promote cancer awareness, disaster efforts, and even Rwandan women’s independence. Wearing hand-crafted, eco-friendly jewelry is also a way to go green. Jewelry made from recycled silver, vintage beads, and fair-trade silver and gems are creating a new trade for fashion bracelets.
Every season brings change in the jewelry industry. Stacked bracelets and necklaces will continue to be seen on the runways. Mixing metals of gold, silver and copper with deeply colored gemstones like lapis, onyx, fire agate, and copper-infused goldstone creates an earthy, cultural look that is a perfect match for these inexpensive gemstones.
Anita Loos, American Hollywood screenwriter and novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), summed up what women think about bracelets in a quote: “Kissing your hand may make you feel very, very good but a diamond and sapphire bracelet lasts forever”. The fashion trend in bracelets, an item in everyone’s jewelry box, underlines the lasting effect of this simple accessory.