Many of us use these terms loosely thinking they may mean the same thing , but lets have a look at the general meaning of both:
- They are usually Solid Circles. Exactly what the name describes.
- You can also have Split Bangles which are not a complete circle.
The word Bangle originates from the Hindi word bangri, which means ring shaped anklet and it traces a long way back into history. Bangles can be made from different types of materials including bronze, copper, gold, silver and platinum as well as glass, rubber and plastic.
Bangles have been always been used as traditional pieces by women worldwide. Traditionally though they are usually made from solid gold.
The word bracelet comes from the French word brachialle, which translates to mean armlet. Bracelets are much more flexible and usually have a chain or strand(s) of some other material that is draped around the wrist and closed with a clasp.
Bracelets are flexible in design, unlike bangles which are more rigid. They can feature rows of beads, links, threads or other pieces that are linked together with some sort of clasp at each end. Bracelets can be made from silver, gold, platinum chains and other materials. You can make a bracelet in so many designs because of the flexibility you have in the design.
2 thoughts on “Bracelets and Bangles: What’s the difference?”
Never really stopped to think there was a difference tbh. Now, I know!