A bracelet is made of a flat piece of metal, usually silver, with an opening that is big enough to slide over the wrist. Early medical braces were commonly made of silver, and the term “bracelet” was applied to them.
Bracelets are part of jewelry history and culture, dating back thousands of years from early Egyptian times. The oldest bracelets have been found in Crete, at Knossos with a Minoan-Mycenaean origin dated between 1400 and 1200 B.C. Bracelets were also discovered in ancient Persia (now Iran) from the third millennium B.C., together with earrings and necklaces as the most important pieces of Persian jewelry worn by men and women in ancient Persia during this era. In India, bracelets were an integral part of the thousand year old Indus Valley Civilization that prospered in the north-western part of the Indian Subcontinent.
A particular form of bracelet, armlets, became fashionable in Europe during the Bronze Age. The “shining bracelets” recovered from Prehistoric Çatalhöyük in Anatolia have been dated to between 6000 and 5500 BC. A pair of gold armlets with incised geometric patterns dating from around 2000 B.C were found at a grave in Vergina in Greece. They are similar to those worn by the inhabitants of Sanliurfa (a province of Turkey on its border with Syria) also circa 2000 B.C., suggesting that this standard type endured among cultures for more than two millennia. In all cases these early examples are either plain or show n forms of simple patterns cut into the gold.
In ancient Greece, a large number of bracelets have been recovered from tombs, including those of children. These early examples are mainly made of silver or bronze and many are decorated with animal figures that have symbolic meaning (See: Signs and symbols). Bracelets were also worn by brides and this usage has permitted archaeologists to trace back the history of certain types of bracelets which appear at different times in various places around Europe. For instance, during the sixth century B.C., a bracelet type now known as “torc” was widespread in Italy, while two centuries later it had arrived in France and Britain where it became established as the elaborate arm ring style which eventually evolved into the medieval bracelet.
The bangle on the other hand is worn around the forearm or wrist. The bangle is often made from a round strip of metal that has been wrapped in wire. Bangles are a very common sight in Indian culture. It is worn by both sexes and across all ages.
A Bangle can also be made of a single strand of metal (usually gold or silver) that forms a loop in the front and folds over on either sides. The bangle is then secured with clasps or pins where it folds over itself. Some bangles use magnetic clasps, others wrap around the wrist using elastic band while still others may just slip on like a bracelet.
The word “bangle” comes from Hindi language/Urdu word: Bangali meaning red rose, which was used as an ornament for women’s arms since ancient times.. There was no specific name in Sanskrit literature to denote this as a separate piece of jewellery.
In ancient times, the bangle was made from gold, silver or other precious metals and gems. The making of bangles leads to development of tools like pliers, tweezers etc., which are used in present times as surgical instruments.
The Hundi (hand drum) is an important instrument associated with Lakshmi, and it symbolizes the Hindu idea that music brings prosperity and wealth. The musician bangles his hand with metal rings to accompany his music and dancing. Hindu women wear a circular bangle of gold or silver. The Bangle became popular in India since the ancient times as well as it spread over other parts of Asia along with migration of people and culture from the Indian subcontinent including present day Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is also worn in other countries across the world. In Hinduism, it is a symbol of fertility and prosperity.
The difference between bracelets and bangles is that a bangle provides more coverage to the wrist than a bracelet does. A bracelet sits flush against your arm, while a bangle will have some overlap with one of its ends resting on top of the other end. They are both popular fashion accessories for women who want an easier way to accessorize their outfits without using many different pieces at once.