The beauty of bracelets lies in their rich historical and cultural legacy, and as a style statement, in their versatility. From pearls to plastic, bracelets have been made from all sorts of materials and come in various shapes and designs, often embellished with jewels, rocks, wood, shells, crystals and metal. Throughout fashion history, different styles of bracelets have emerged and become trademarks for specific cultures, eras and designers. Below we have untangled the most significant bracelet styles over the decades to help you in your search for the perfect antique or vintage wrist décor.
A charm is a decorative pendant or trinket. While traditional charms dangle, Italian charm bracelets feature individual pieces soldered flat onto the surface of the link. For an instant sartorial outfit lift, invest in a Chanel chain charm bracelet with the signature gold tone metal monogram.
Rigid bracelets, usually from metal, wood, or plastic, are referred to as bangles or bangle bracelets. They can be smooth or textured, open or closed, and the bangle has been a recurring piece in several cult brands’ accessory repertoire. Try Chanel’s statement bangle bracelets from the 1980s and 1990s with bold embossed CC monograms; or Hermès leather-trimmed outings inspired by buckles and belts.
Link bracelets are bracelets made from connecting or linking various or similar components or jewellery findings. These are often made from metals and gemstones, and frequently used for vintage watches. As a piece of jewellery, this type of bracelet was popular in the 1940s and 1950s with brands like Christian Dior. Whether you’re looking for something subtle or statement, time has treated us to an exciting array of vintage link bracelets to explore.
OfV says: From elegant Swarovski-embellished link chains to retro-nodding statement logo cuffs, adorn your wrists (or ankles!) with beautiful vintage and antique bracelets celebrating style and individuality. Complete the look with our evolving one-off range of vintage and pre-owned earrings, rings and necklaces. Shopping for a gift? Get in touch with our in-house vintage fashion enthusiasts who will help you find that special sparkly gem (hint: start of by browsing our cult vintage Chanel bracelets)