The Difference between Bracelets and Bangles

Many people associate bracelets and bangles as jewellery pieces worn on the wrist, though many wearers are unable to establish the difference or find a type and style that suits them.


bangle.jpgBangles originate from the Hindi word bangri, which means ring shaped anklet and trace back very far into history. In fact, an ancient figurine from 2600 BC featured a dancing woman wearing bangles. Back then, bangles would be made from multiple materials including bronze, copper and shells, whereas today they can be made from gold, silver and platinum as well as cheaper alternatives including glass, rubber and plastic.

Bangles have been widely used as traditional pieces for women in South East Asia, particularly in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In these countries, the bangles are commonly made from solid gold.


The word bracelet originates from the French word brachialle, which translates to armlet. Bangles are solid pieces of jewellery, whereas bracelets are much more flexible and are usually based around a chain or strand that is draped around the wrist and closed with a clasp. Bracelets date back to 5000 BC in Ancient Egypt. The Scarab bracelet represented rebirth and regeneration and has proved to be one of the most recognised symbols of Ancient Egypt.4b9c071bb47390ab94efac4f9c3cae45_f1176.jpg

Bracelets are flexible in design, unlike bangles. Traditionally they will feature a row of beads, links, threads or hinged pieces that are linked together with a clasp at each end. Bracelets are most commonly made from silver chains; however, they can also be made from gold, platinum and other materials. The options for bracelet designs are almost endless.

What to go for

Bracelets and bangles suit many people. However, if your hands are large but your wrists are small, it is best to avoid full circle style bangles as they will be difficult to fit. Hinged bangles are great for those with larger wrists whereas circular bangles should be avoided by those who spend a lot of time in front of a PC or laptop. C-Shape bangles are the most versatile and will work on almost any shape or size of wrist.

For those who would prefer a jewellery piece that is less noticeable, bracelets give a softer feel. Many bracelets also have adjustable clasps, so they can easily fit many people despite the size of their wrists. Bracelets are also the better option for those looking for a matching set, as they tend to be chain based and will match better with a necklace.

At Cuttings, we have a variety of stunning bracelets and bangles available in our current stock. Check out this gorgeous 18ct gold bangle and this simple yet stunning 18ct white gold diamond bracelet. For more information about any of our products or to simply contact a member of the team, get in touch

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