Bracelets have been worn as accessories, status symbols, and protective armbands for centuries! Don't worry if you're not a bracelet expert. We've constructed a fun-filled handbook for all things bracelets. We'll explore how to personalise, measure, wear, care for, and clean your gorgeous accessories.

Why Are Bracelets A Popular Jewellery Item?

Bracelets are popular because they are incredibly versatile and timeless and can be utilised for any occasion. Bracelets are more than just fashion accessories representing your style and personality. Some cultures believe bracelets can provide you with good luck and even protection from negative energy. And surely you’ve had a friendship bracelet at one point in life? That’s right; bracelets can represent many different feelings and ideas, from friendship to showing your support for a movement. One person may prefer a simple, minimalist bracelet to complement their outfit. At the same time, another person may opt for a statement piece or array to stand out with a simple dress.

Whatever your reason for wearing a bracelet, it's a quick and easy accessory to slide on when running out the door. 

Trendy Types Of Bracelets

With bracelets being so popular, we often get asked, “How to choose the perfect trendy bracelet.” Don’t worry; based on our experience, there are mainly three trendy types of bracelets you need to be concerned about. The bracelet type you choose should fit your style and personality. After all, you want this accessory to accentuate your aesthetic. However, it’s also a good idea to choose a bracelet based on what it means to you. For example, a sterling silver bracelet may signify purity, while a trendy leather bracelet represents a free spirit.

Let's explore these three trendy types of bracelets!

  • Sterling Silver Bracelets
  • Gold Bracelet
  • Leather Bracelet

Sterling Silver Bracelets

Sterling silver bracelets come in all variations. Wow, there are endless possibilities at your disposal! The allure of sterling silver bracelets lies in their timeless elegance, understated sophistication, and incredible versatility. They are perfect for any event, provided you style them right.

For instance, a sterling silver cuff bracelet can elevate your ensemble with its understated charm and effortless grace. The lustrous sheen of silver chain bracelets complements a black or blue suit or dress, making it a perfect choice for formal occasions.

Gold Bracelets

Another fantastic option is gold bracelets. Although more pricey than sterling silver, gold stands the test of time. A gold bracelet will always make you look sophisticated. However, beware of overdoing it with gold accessories. Too much gold seems "overdone", almost like you're showing off a bit.

Another pro of wearing gold bracelets is that you never have to take them off. There's no need to worry about forgetting to take them off when you shower. Gold is hypoallergenic and only reacts to external influences like moisture over long exposure periods.

Leather Bracelets

Have you noticed the rising popularity of leather bracelets among younger generations? They provide a relaxed and enjoyable vibe that appeals to both genders. Surfer-style leather and pearl bracelets are highly versatile and cherished in various cultures and subcultures for multiple reasons. 

Moreover, they offer a delightful comfort level, and you may even forget you're wearing them. However, removing them before swimming or showering is important as leather can quickly degrade when wet and emit an unpleasant odour. By taking proper care of your leather bracelet, it can last for up to 30 years.

What Wrist Do You Wear A Bracelet On?

Bracelets hold varying meanings across cultures. In India and other Eastern cultures, wearing bracelets on the right hand is customary due to its spiritual significance. Wearing a bracelet on the right hand is believed to attract positive energy, blessings, protection, and prosperity. 

In contrast, Western cultures do not place much importance on the hand on which to wear a bracelet. The general practice is to wear it on the non-dominant hand for practical reasons.

How Much Bigger Should A Bracelet Be Than Your Wrist?

The size of your bracelet comes down, almost exclusively, to comfort. The general rule is to purchase a bracelet that is 0.6 cm-1.3 cm (¼-½ inches) larger than your wrist circumference. But this also depends on your choice of type and material of the bracelet. 

A silver bangle, for example, needs to slip easily onto your hand. Too tight, and it'll make your wrist appear bigger. Too loose, and it'll roll around, hindering your work and everyday life. At worst, your precious accessory may fall off, never to be seen again!

Can I Wear A Bracelet Every Day?

Let's break down the answer to this question into two categories: silver and gold. 

Those familiar with sterling silver may know it is an alloy made from silver and another metal, like brass or copper. Sterling silver is durable and has a long lifespan. Still, the other metal in the alloy may erode faster after continuous use. It's best to avoid wearing a sterling silver bracelet daily to maintain its longevity. 

In contrast, gold can be worn daily without any issues. Gold doesn't react to external elements like moisture, so you can even wear your gold bracelet while showering. Gold bracelets will maintain their charm even after repeated use.

How To Care For Your Bracelet

Leather, sterling silver, and gold should all be stored in a cool, dry, clean place away from direct sunlight. Preferably separate your different bracelets to avoid scratching. 

Hang leather bracelets up or lay them flat during storage. Twisting and bending will inevitably crease leather.

Ensure you don't expose your bracelets to harsh chemicals such as hairspray, sunscreen, or makeup. And ideally, remove them before you sleep for your comfort and the cleanliness of the bracelet material.

How To Clean A Bracelet

Soak sterling silver bracelets in warm water with a few drops of liquid dish soap for 5-10 minutes. Clean the crevices with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse in warm water. Then rub them gently with a microfibre towel.

Apply the identical cleaning method to your gold bracelets. The only changes are to leave a gold bracelet in the cleaning solution for 20 minutes and rinse it in cool water on the last step.

Avoid soaking leather at all costs! Use baby wipes, alcohol, toothpaste, or leather cleaner to give a leather bracelet a good wipe. This method keeps it clean without reducing its longevity.

Final Thoughts

These wrist candy chronicles have detailed how to wear, clean, and care for the most popular bracelet types. But the primary lesson is to march to the beat of your own drum. It's all about how your bracelet suits you, not anyone else. Consult with a jeweller for additional guidance on bracelets for all genders - men's bracelets included.