We buy and sell gold • Visit our showroom to see our large selection of modern, antique and vintage jewelry.

Where in the heck did bracelets come from?

There are more types of bracelets than you can imagine. Manufactured from metal, leather, cloth, plastic or other materials.

Bracelet

Ancient bracelet. Achaemenid period, 500 BCE, Iran.

Of course the most valuable and desired are those with gems and other jewels. 

What is the origin? Although the term armlet may be technically similar, it is taken to mean an item that sits on the upper

shoulder: an arm ring. The origin of the term ‘bracelet’ is from the Greek ‘brachile’ meaning ‘of the arm’, via the Old French ‘bracel’. A bracelet is also a small brace or bracer (an arm-guard used by archers).

The origin of bracelets can be found in more detail on Wikipedia under “bracelets.” In the mean time, here is an ancient bracelet from Iran (530 BCE). Even by today’s tastes, it’s gorgeous.

Vintage Bracelets 

Here is a selection of our vintage bracelets along with some of our contemporary ones. To enlarge the image, click on it and then scroll to to the right to see all. They will scroll—one by one—with descriptions. If you would like to see our entire collection—which is large—please come in to our showroom. See the contact page for address, business hours and phone number.

Vintage Bracelets and other vintage and contemporary jewelry

To see other types of our jewelry and giftware go to our homepage to see our links by type. That includes earrings, brooches, watches, clocks, necklaces and rings. There is also a page that displays a few of our gorgeous vintage sterling silver pieces.   For your convenience, you can just click on the link to the category you’re interested in.

 

 

 

 

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