Going Trendy With Bangle Bracelets
The never-ending trend of bangle bracelets is being seen everywhere. Not just on television and in fashion magazines. But even at malls and grocery stores – bangles are hot fashion accessories. And with so much popularity found with bangle bracelets, designers are now coming up with bracelets that are trendier and very different from the bangle you remember from years past.
The bangle bracelet category runs wide encompassing everything from thick to thin, wide and narrow, bright and conservative to just about any other combination you can come up with. In addition to the size of the bracelet, you have to consider color, texture and overall design. You can use your imagination to build upon your current style to create something new and trendy.
If you favor skinny bangle bracelets, then try something new and unique by using interlocking bracelets in different hued metals. As an example, try rose gold, yellow gold, and sterling silver intertwined bracelets for a new casual look. Or, look for bracelet sets that use thick and thin designs. Choosing a set with an interesting main design and pairing it with smaller wire thin bracelets will create a great sense of balance.
If you enjoy the boho chic look, then you can add bangle bracelets that have more earthly textures. Try thick carved wooden, cork or even plastic bangles with unique designs. Or, pile on an armful of thread wrapped thin bangle bracelets in bright colors to liven up any summer outfit. Anything that uses fabrics or beads is great for creating a new bracelet look that is easy chic when paired with a tee and cut off jeans.
When it comes bangle bracelets, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Shake things up. For example, find a bracelet that is very skinny on one side, and thicker on the other side. This will add a lot of interest to your look. Play around and buy a few bangle bracelets that you really like and mix with ones you already have. This is an excellent way to expand your options, as you’ll get a ton of new looks.
Don’t be afraid of wild colors or extreme designs. Mix and match using new bracelets with your old bracelets and it will always be easy to find just the right look for whatever the wardrobe or occasion.
Cleaning Your Gold Or Silver Bangle Bracelets
Cleaning your bangle bracelets at regular intervals and keeping them in a dust-free environment, will help prolong their life and keep them in the best possible condition. Gold and silver bracelets often build up a thin layer of grime consisting of skin and body oils that will cover the surface and completely dull the natural shine. Cleaning your bangles can be a simple process if you have the correct tools and the proper know how.
Sterling silver, like other precious metals, will oxidize with time. Clean your silver bangle bracelets with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For plain sterling silver jewelry (with no stones), you can also get good results using commercial silver dip liquid, polishing paste, or polishing cloth.
Gold will not tarnish, but it can be dirtied by oil in your skin or by body lotion. Use a mild soapy water solution to wash your gold bangles. Gold and silver could be scratched if brushed too hard, so make sure you use a soft cloth or be gentle if using a soft brush.
New technologies allow for better and more efficient jewelry cleaning. Most popular of these cleaners are ultrasonic and ionic. These cleaning methods are usually reserved for commercial or industrial use due to the cost of the equipment. However, units are now being produced for home use and the prices are starting to come down.
Ultrasonic cleaners are machines that clean jewelry by exposing them to extreme sound waves. Ultrasonic cleaning has been proven to be the most efficient method of removing contaminants such as grease, oil, fingerprints, and oxides. For gold bangles, especially pieces that do not contain colored gemstones; an ultrasonic cleaning machine may be appropriate.
Ultrasonic is not advised for pieces that contain stones or other embellishments, which could be loosened or dislodged while using the machine.
Ionic cleaners do not use heat, sound, or abrasives, and they do an excellent job of removing tarnish and dirt quickly. Ionic cleaning machines not only clean your gold and silver bangles but also stones such as emeralds, opals, pearls and all other soft and porous stones.
Keeping your gold and silver bangles clean and tarnish free should be a priority for everyone. A clean bangle is a happy bangle.
The Bangle Watch – The Perfect Gift
Bangle bracelets are in style now just as they have been for many years. And there’s no indication that their popularity will fade anytime soon. If you are reading this, then I am telling you something you already know.
If you are a bracelet lover you should consider bangle watches as a perfect gift for those special people in your life. Whether it’s your mother, your daughter or just a friend, they deserve the enjoyment of the stylish bangle lifestyle.
As a gift, bangle watches have a few qualities that make it a smart gift on your part and an easy and functional accessory to the recipient. Besides it’s an obvious fashion statement, a bangle watch has the added functionality of being a reliable timepiece. Bangle watches do not need to be adjusted as one size fits all. They come in many themes and styles to match any personality.
Don’t forget to treat yourself. There’s no reason you should not have at least one bangle watch to match each of your fashion looks.
Below are some examples of some unique and creative bangle watch designs.
A baby is such a wonderful and precious gift. It’s human nature that we want to dress them up in cute clothes and precious jewelry. Bangle Bracelets are among the most popular pieces of jewelry for young children.
Styles / Designs
Baby bracelets range in style from high-end gold and silver bangles to small and delicate beaded bracelets. You also have many choices in designs. Often baby bangles are adorned with hearts, butterflies or other similar patterns. For that extra special touch, you can consider a bracelet engraved with your little one’s name or initials. These personalized pieces are usually the ones with the greatest sentimental value, especially as your child grows up.
Prices for baby bangle bracelets range from several hundred dollars down to just a couple of dollars for plastic toy bangles. It all depends on the style, material, and design.
There are always safety concerns when it comes to babies and jewelry. You always want to be aware of choking hazards with beaded bracelets. This is why it is recommended that you not use any jewelry with beads when your baby is old enough to use her hands. This is usually around three to six months old. Also be aware of any parts that are glued on that could come off in your baby’s mouth.
Always be on guard with toddler-aged children that are wearing bangle bracelets. Young children often enjoy playing with clasps or hinges. I recommend only solid bangles for young children. Very young children often enjoy fidgeting with their jewelry. If you see your youngster playing with their jewelry you might want to consider removing it from them to prevent the piece from getting broken or lost – or even to prevent injury.
Buying / Making
There are hundreds or even thousands of bangle designs for children that you can purchase. But some people enjoy making their own jewelry. Often times this makes the piece more valuable to the parent and to the child.
These are the pieces that your daughter will keep and treasure forever.
For older children, you might consider a do it yourself bangle bracelet kit such as the item shown to the left. This is a perfect activity for you and your child to work on together. It includes four wooden bangles, non-toxic paint, and attachable gems.
Make Your Own Beaded Bangle
Here is a video that shows how to make a beaded bangle bracelet. This is a very easy approach to make a simple bangle for your baby or for yourself.