Dashing And Discreet – Two Bracelets, Very Different In Character

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Dashing And Discreet

I do love a good bracelet – sometimes it’s the only jewelry I wear, especially when in a hurry. For those occasions when there’s no time to be picky, I have a couple of them that will work with whatever else I have on.

Neither of the bracelets below are like that! One is flamboyant, the other is rather delicate and formal. They each have rather specific needs in the dress code and colour department.

Bracelets have been an accessory for both men and women for a very long time. As The Quill (the website of ‘U.S. Antique Shows’) outlines:

 ”We do have archaeological evidence of the Ancient Egyptians wearing bracelets from as early as 5,000 B.C. However, an obsidian bracelet found in Turkey in 1995 significantly beats these estimates, dating back to about 7,500 B.C. Researchers were amazed at the craftsmanship evident in this 9,500-year-old bracelet, which makes it likely that it wasn’t the first of its kind made.”

Bracelets have been worn for a variety of cultural and religious/spiritual reasons, not just for their aesthetic or decorative value. The Quill again, with an example:

“Azabache bracelets, a gold bracelet with a black or red coral charm in the form of a fist, were worn in Latin American countries to protect against the Mal de ojo, or the evil eye. The evil eye is believed to result in excessive admiration or envious looks by others. Mothers many times put them on their newborn babies to protect them.”

So let’s look at the two bracelets I’ve lined up for you. Both are from the beautiful collection offered by James Alfredson in Melbourne, Australia, and can be purchased from there. Look for the link to each of the items to find the details.

Go to the next page to see the first of these two stunning items.

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