Regardless of whether you’re shopping for high-end, designer jewellery or stacks of costume bangles—bracelet jewellery can help complete your outfit and help express your personality. Choose a cuff bracelet, silver bangle, or diamond bangle, or try a Tiffany woven heart stretch bracelet. Jade jewellery is also known as good luck jewellery, and who couldn’t use a little good luck?
Support your favourite team with Manchester United gold jewellery, which is available in both men’s and women’s styles. Don’t forget about the men’s solid gold torque bangle, just one of the many popular men’s bracelet styles available, such as solid copper bracelets.
One way you can make your bracelet more personal, whether for a gift or for yourself, is to choose engraved jewellery. This way, you’ll never forget the special occasion. If you prefer, select a bracelet charm, specifically chosen to commemorate a milestone event.
Bracelets have been popular for centuries, dating back to Roman times. Some of today’s styles still mimic the classic, romantic look, with the cuff bracelet style being one descendant of an original Roman look. Engraved bangles and snake bracelets were very popular during Roman times. Other common designs included twisted coils with lion heads on the ends or the knot bracelet. Bracelets continued their popularity and have evolved with the rest of fashion. In the 1820s, the trend of wearing several bracelets at once began, while in the Victorian times, bracelets were rigid and worn in pairs. True to the sentimentality expressed in other jewellery, Victorians favoured charm bracelets and engravings.
Today, bracelet styles are as varied as every other element of fashion, expressing the wearer’s taste rather than a strict trend. Whether you choose gothic jewellery, the classic look of 1928 Jewellery or Tiffany jewellery, or funky jewellery that expresses your individuality, Price Inspector is here to help you find the right look at the right price. We shop the UK stores so you can buy what you want at the price you want to spend.
Diamonds, gems, and pearls
- Diamonds: Diamonds are valued based on the four Cs: carat, clarity, cut, and colour. Carat refers to the size, measured by weight. Larger diamonds are rarer and more expensive. Clarity is the presence, or absence, of tiny mineral traces, usually invisible to the naked eye. Cut is a grading of how well the diamond is cut to maximize its brilliance, and it’s based on the shape, depth, and polish. Finally, colour refers to the trace amounts of yellow colour that most diamonds have. The absolutely colourless diamonds are the generally the most valuable, but on the other end of the spectrum, a pure canary yellow is more expensive than the most colourless diamond.
- Gemstones are available in precious stones like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, or in semi-precious stones including amethysts, aquamarines, garnets, peridots, opals, topaz, and turquoise, to name just a few. Either of these types is sold in genuine stones or synthetics, often referred to as “created” stones or “lab created” gemstones.
- Pearls come in a variety of types, including genuine, freshwater, and Tahitian. Freshwater cultured pearls are made by molluscs, as are genuine pearls, but they are made when cultivators add an irritant to the oyster rather than waiting for nature. Freshwater pearls are smaller and asymmetrical in shape, while Tahitian cultured pearls are black to grey-green.
As with diamonds, pearls are graded on several categories. Lustre refers to the shininess, with higher lustre being more valuable. Pearl nacre thickness is a measure of the external layer, with thicker nacre meaning it is less like to chip or peel. Surface texture is the presence of any flaws such as abrasions. More obvious imperfections reduce the value. Colour is not a significant factor because they come in such a wide variety of colours. Pearl shapes vary widely, with round pearls being the most expensive. Size is the final determining factor, with round pearls being measure by millimetres and drop pearls by their length and width.
Things to consider when buying jewellery
First, know what you’re buying and who you’re buying from. If you want costume jewellery, that’s fine. You just don’t want to pay for genuine metals and stones, but get costume jewellery. Some good questions to ask yourself include:
- How often will you be wearing the item? If you will be wearing the bracelet constantly, you might want either 10 or 14 carat gold, because 18 carat gold will be too soft for durability.
- Do you have any allergies? If so, consider platinum as a good alternative because it has less filler materials than gold.
- Does the jewellery come with any type of guarantee? Some merchants will guarantee the settings or stones, for example.
- Does the store offer an exchange or refund policy? Many merchants will at least allow you credit toward another item for a certain period of time, in the event you are unhappy with your purchase.
- Check the metals for a hallmark that indicates what quality it is. Sterling silver will be marked 925, while gold is usually marked 10kt, 14kt, or 18kt. With plated jewellery, there will be letters like RGP or EP.
- For pearls, ask if they are natural, cultured, or synthetic. With gemstones, ask if they are real or synthetic. Also ask if the stone has been treated, as sometimes low-quality genuine gemstones are dyed to look darker and more valuable.
- Finally, make sure you understand any special care requirements, such as how to clean the item. Pearls and opals require special cleaning, different from other gemstones, while white gold made with palladium will require occasional recoating.