Types of Bracelets

Armlet

This is a bracelet that is designed to be worn on the upper arm.

File:Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.PNG

Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz with Armlet
by Jozef Maria Grassi in 1802.

Articulated

This is a bracelet made of many moveable segments, for example a snake-link or panel bracelet.

Bracelet

Italy, c. 1860-1880
Gold, hinged panels with applied wire and granulated decoration
Castellini
V&A Museum

Bangle

A bracelet made of a single piece with no segments or joins.

Bangle

Paris, c. 1925
Lacquered brass
V&A Museum

Buckle

The buckle can be functional or decorative.  Popular motif in Victorian era.

Victorian Buckle Braclet
Morning Glory Antiques

Chain

Bracelet

Cyprus, 18th century
Silver with enamel
V&A Museum

Charm

Charm bracelet

USA. c. 1800-1900
Gold, enamel, hardstone, glass and photographs.
V&A Museum

Cuff

A bangle that does not fully go around the arm.

Bracelet

India, c. 1850
Enamelled gold with diamonds.
V&A Museum

Hinged Bangle

Bangle

London, c. 1867
Gold and painted enamel with diamonds
V&A Museum

Jarretiere

This is a strap bracelet made from flat, broad links with a buckle fastener, mordant and occasionally a slide. First popular in the mid-1800s.

Bracelet

Line

Bracelet

New York, c. 1925
Platinum set with diamonds and sapphires
V&A Museum

Link (or Curb Chain)

Bracelet

England, c. 1835
Stamped gold
V&A Museum

Manchette

This style of bracelet was designed to look like cuff and were fashionable in Paris in the 1850s and 1860s before spreading to England.

Bracelet

England, c. 1860
Gold, with turquoise and pearl decoration
V&A Museum

Plaque

Bracelet

UK, c. 1780-1800
Copper gilt plaques with painted enamels
V&A Museum

Slide

A bracelet with a fastener resembling a buckle but does not have a fastening pin.

(Is also used to describe bracelets with Victorian or Victorian retrospective slides on two chains.)

AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND, ENAMEL AND GOLD BRACELET

ANTIQUE DIAMOND, ENAMEL AND GOLD BRACELET c. 1850
Christie’s Sale 2398

Strap

Flat articulated bracelet, usually with a buckle fastener.

Bracelet

England, c. 1820
Coloured gold, diamonds and rubies
V&A Museum

Tennis (type of line bracelet)

A bracelet with stones (often diamonds) in closely packed settings, creating a single line.

Bracelet

Paris, c. 1925
Platinum, diamonds
V&A Museum

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