Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Bounty of Beautiful Handmade Bracelets

A Bounty of Beautiful Handmade Bracelets

Blog by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns.indiemade.come

A Bounty of Beautiful Handmade Bracelets

Right behind earrings, bracelets are one of the most popular forms of body adornment.  The origin of the term "bracelet" is from the Greek word "brachile" meaning "of the arm."  The
earliest identified bracelet was discovered in 2008 by Russian archaeologist in Denisova
Cave in the Atai Mountains of Siberia.  A finger bone fragment was found along with other artifacts, including a beautiful bracelet created from polished green stone.  The items were
carbon dated to around 40,000 years ago.

In China, Africa and Egypt, bracelets have been found in archaeological excavations that date back over 7000 years ago.  Early bracelets found in Egypt and Africa were made of stones,
bones and wood ties together with plant fiber.  Many found are exquisite in their artistry!  Bracelets then began to be created with first copper and then the alloy, bronze.  Around
4000 BP, Chinese artists began making intricate gold and jade bracelets.  Ancients Greeks
(800 B.C. - 600 A.D.) wore cuffs on the upper and lower arm as decoration.  Greek soldiers
wore wide leather and metal cuffs as part of their uniform and for protection, which was later adapted
by Roman soldiers.  Wealthy Romans were particularly fond of coiled gold bangles that
resembled snakes.

Today, bracelets are made in a variety of materials and styles, from very simple to very ornate.  Sterling silver is the most popular metal for both women and men, but industrial metals -
such as silvery aluminum, grey steel, titanium and tungsten - are also popular, especially in bracelets for men .  With the growing green movement, natural materials are also in demand.  

With all that in mind, I decided to pull together a collection of handmade bracelets from artist friends to share here.  I hope you enjoy these selections. If something catches your eye, please click on the link below the photo to find out more information.

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