Here at Ocean J we like to delve into the history of jewellery every now and again!
This is what we learnt about ‘The Bracelet’
Historical documents and ancient artifacts tell and show us that bracelets have been worn for over 7000 years as an accessory.
Prior to the discovery of gold and silver, bracelets were made out of grasses and reeds, shells, copper and bronze.
The ancient Egyptians started adding semi precious stones sometime around 2680 B.C and (as was the norm with Egypt) they would be buried along with their owner when they died.
Chinese bracelets were very ornate and featured Jade set into intricately carved precious metals, a sure fine sign of affluence.
Ancient Greeks and Romans took to wearing cuffs as decoration, sometimes coiled to resemble snakes.
In the middle ages bracelets fell from grace and the fashion didn’t really return until the 17th century, this was particularly true for jewellery that men would wear.
The 20th century brought new manufacturing skills to the masses and bracelets became much more popular again, specifically silver which had become a more affordable precious metal and was available to all.
Now, bracelets are available in every shape and size, from simple knotted leather through to charm laden, mass-produced offerings. It seems that every wrist has one or two bracelets adorning it and the craze shows no sign of abating.
At Ocean J we have a fabulous selection of simple and stylish bracelets, statement-making pieces that are unique and not found on the high street. This is a deliberate move on our part, as we believe the individuality of a person should be reflected in the jewellery that they wear.
Check out our website at www.oceanjewellery.co.uk or come along and see us in our store on Lothian Road, Edinburgh.