Bracelet Style Guide
Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry Bracelet Style Guide
Bracelets are the superstars of accessories. They can elevate an outfit to something worthy of a red carpet event or be a subtle addition that highlights the person’s style. These diverse pieces of jewelry are a must-have to complete a connoisseur's collection. Follow this guide by our experts to learn about the different types of beautiful bracelets in the world.
Tennis bracelets were made famous after the 1984 US Open when Chris Evert stopped a match to find her diamond bracelet, which had fallen off onto the tennis court. Tennis bracelets are characterized by their loose fit and line of diamonds that sit side-by-side. The diamonds sparkle as the bracelet moves with the motion of the arms, creating a dazzling display that will surely catch attention. Tennis bracelets have received a reputation for being one of the most elegant bracelet types, ideal for formal or black-tie events.
Station bracelets are the chameleons of the accessory world. They seamlessly fit with most outfits and never go out of fashion. Station bracelets are made up of a chain with multiple ‘stations’ of gemstones, diamonds, or pearls along its length. More subtle than a tennis bracelet, station bracelets work well in casual as well as formal settings. A streamlined approach to the classic is the bezel or half-bezel setting. Full circles or half-circles and small bars hold the gemstones in place, which gives the bracelet a more modern feel.
Bangles are famous for having no clasp; they slip on over the hand and settle loosely on the wrist. These bracelets move up and down with every motion of the arm, making it a dynamic piece to add to an outfit. Thicker bangles are wonderful statement pieces and thinner bangles are typically stacked with each other. Bangle bracelets can be unadorned or have gemstones embedded onto their surface.
Cuff bracelets are similar to bangles in that they are also made of unyielding metal with no clasp. They have an opening on the bottom and fit tightly on the wrist or the forearm. They are not made to move freely like other bracelets. Cuffs come in all different sizes; chunky cuffs are bold and showstopping, while thinner ones make an elegant statement. Add some color with two gemstones on either end of the cuff.
Chain Link Bracelets
Chain bracelets are one of the more popular options for people looking to expand, or start, their jewelry collection. They are characterized by having interlinking metal hoops that create a chain. These loops can be large and clunky for a daring accessory, while smaller, spider-web thin loops are dainty and feminine in appearance. Chain bracelets typically come in all precious metal types, but silver and gold are the most popular choice, thanks to their high value and durability.