Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Eye Catching Bracelets for Upcoming Engagements

Here’s an idea for your next engagement – go with a bracelet that’s more trendy than it is fancy. Consider shopping for silver jewelry. Silver jewelry can look at once sophisticated and trendy, and it is also often cheaper than diamond or gold. In comparison to diamond and gold, it’s actually quite affordable.

Silver is a great buy for women because it’s extremely versatile – a good silver bracelet in a classic shape can be worn again and again. Silver bracelets come in quite possibly every variety imaginable. Worn on their own, they’re a single ornamental piece, slim and sophisticated. Worn together in multiples, they make a trendy statement that signals attention and calls the eyes down to your wrist.

Bracelet sizes vary greatly, and come in various designs.

Some will be sober and have minimal engravings on them, while others are totally plain, with nary a nick in sight. Others will be encrusted with semi-precious or precious stones, others might have a good deal of texture and some may have just a little bit of texture. No matter what design or type you go with, the silver color is a classic metal that never goes out of style.

If gold is more your style, do not fear. There are plenty of options for rose or yellow gold. Consider a bracelet with a hinged bangle design, marrying two dazzling styles. This sort of bracelet is sure to take your breath away, and to take away the breath of anyone who sees it on your wrist. It’s a bold bracelet, a statement piece to be sure, dazzling in 1 karat rose vermeil.

With faceted cut gemstones arranged in prong settings in a beautiful graduated design, this bracelet makes the most out of three millimeter cut red, orange and yellow sapphires as well as a variety of white zircon stones.

The combination of these colors makes this type of bracelet positively glitter in the light. In fact, it mimics the colors of the sun, so it’s perfect for a daytime event.

This sort of graduated gemstone jewelry is great for a variety of events. Every design combines a standout, intense look with classic styling. Vibrant colors and hues start dark and gradually give way to a lighter shade in medium or intense light. Each hue leads to the next one, thanks to carefully set sapphires that glow brilliantly, leading to the illusion that your wrist is burning up in the best of ways. This visual odyssey shimmers and attracts the attention of all around.

If you’re attending a daytime engagement such as a classy picnic, consider something a bit funkier, like a set of three Cinnabar hand-carved bangle bracelets. These sorts of bracelets offer a bold style and colorful look for a final product that is at once trendy and sophisticated.

Cinnabar, which is a traditional type of Chinese handicraft, is a style that is mimicked around the world – but the real thing is the best way to go. These hand-carved bracelets are one of a kind, and are absolutely beautiful. They have a geometric and rounded edge and feature intricate black detailing to accentuate the decorative carving. These sorts of bracelets are very versatile – they look just as good worn on their own as they do layered up, and you avoid the hassle of a clasp.

Cinnabar is also known as Chinese Lacquer, and is a famous type of Chinese handicraft known for its process of painting layers of lacquer onto an item, letting the item dry between each coat and then carving the resulting layers into beautiful patterns.

If you’re the type who is into vintage patterns and clothing, consider a vintage inspired cameo bracelet. A beautiful bracelet with polished rhodium plated sterling silver and palladium with 18 karat yellow vermeil, this sort of bangle is often hinged and offers an orange shell cameo that looks just like those that were made in the early 1900s.

Italian shell cameos have been carved in stone since 1600 BC, but first appeared in shells in the 15th and 16th centuries. They became in vogue during the Renaissance and during the Neo Classical period leading into the Victorian era, when they really hit their peak. During the 20th century, they became popular once again, thanks to their opulent and beautiful design.

These days, most Italian shells come from Madagascar and South Africa, but Torrel de Greco, Italy, has been producing them since the 17th century and still does today. While you might not be able to afford a Torrel de Greco original, it’s easy to find replicas that will accentuate your beauty and give off a vintage air.

As you can see, there are many types of bracelets out there to satisfy your needs for your upcoming engagements. Whether you go classic, trendy, or vintage, you are sure to find the one that’s right for you and your event.

Seth Barnes is a freelance writer who writes about fashion apparel and specific types of jewelry such as bracelets .

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