Cuff bracelets- jewellery for your arms
Since ‘Big is in’ is the mantra these days where jewellery is concerned, what with huge being the operative word where necklaces, rings and earrings are concerned, why should the wrists and arms be adorned with something small or delicate?
Bracelets are out – now is the time to wear cuffs with your outfits – to make a bold style statement.
These bracelets are inspired by jewellery of the ancient days when both men and women wore metal cuffs- usually gold or silver, or even brass, moulded to form a curved band that covered the length of their wrists, extending up their arms till the elbows. Cuffs these days are not so long, usually they measure till the forearm and are designed with interesting motifs. Granted, cuffs can make you look a little like the fantasy character Wonder Woman, but hey, they are a cool style statement!
Cuff bracelets are not only stylish, they give the impression that the wearer is a “strong” and “powerful” woman ( perhaps because of the Wonder Woman association?) and adds chic oomph to a dress or a simple jeans and tank outfit. Special trends are thick gold coloured ones and metal ones. They can be combined with any outfit, and the ones which look like the metal has been hammered into shape look rustic and beautiful.
Cuffs date back to Egyptian monarchy as well – so add a bit of dark kohl to your eyes ( think Cleopatra) and you are sure to make a style statement. The best part about these bold bracelets are that they cover a significant portion of your arm – and that is what catches the eye. Open ended, they look great on a round, slim wrists, though if your arms are skinny, it is probably a good idea to avoid such jewellery because it will not fit properly. One needs rounded arms to wear this!
These bracelets come in wood, metal, beads and even cloth – in fact, if you are creative, you can use denim material and embellish it to make your own cuff bracelet. Or, if you are a bit extra adventurous, you can actually make your own metal one – provided you have the materials like a metal cutter etc. sheets of metals or strips, can easily be found at hardware stores, you have to find a place that is accommodating. Or go to a shop or a stall that engraves name plates, they work with the same materials. You can get them to cut, hammer, design, engrave and style a personal cuff for you. You can also get beautifully wrought silver filigreed cuffs, if you want to look elegant, then they are the best choice for an evening dinner.
Cuffs have also caught on as a trend for necklaces and you see many models and wanna-be models flaunting them with elan! So what is your style quotient? Fancy a metallic cuff to wear to work or do you prefer to play it safe with thin bracelets? Tell us!