What are the differences between bangles and bracelets? - Hamra Jewelers

What are the differences between bangles and bracelets?

We all know what rings and earrings are...but do you know the differences between a bracelet and a bangle?


At Hamra Jewelers, we carry a variety of bracelets and bangles that will compliment any ensemble. No wardrobe is complete without a bit of luxury on your wrist. Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a bracelet and a bangle?  We have some answers for you.

yellow gold bracelet with diamond accents

shape

The term "bracelet" can encompass any kind of jewelry that you wear on your wrist. Bracelets come in a wide variety of designs: They usually don't have a fixed form. They can be comprised in a variety of different shapes. Bangles are more straight-forward in their shape: Bangles are solid forms and ring-shaped. Whereas bracelets can sometimes come with clasps or be open in the middle, bangles are generally meant to be slipped on and have no gaps in the metal. 

Again, the term bracelet can apply to both as they are worn on your wrist.
diamond bracelet in yellow gold

materials

Since bangles are made to be circular and solid, they are usually made from sturdy materials. While most bangles tend to made of gold and other metals, bangles can also be found made of glass or wood. 

Bracelets can be made from a more diverse array of materials, as they tend to be more flexible. You can mix metals and materials in bracelets with much more ease than you can when creating a bangle.
stack of diamond bracelets

style in numbers

It’s considered normal and fashionable to wear more than one bangle on your arm. Throughout history it was common for many bangles to be worn at a time. In some countries like India, bangles were prized for their “musical” quality: The sounds that bangles made when they clattered against each other was considered to be the height of luxury.

Bracelets are a bit different in this respect. In most cases bracelets are generally designed to be solo pieces- They’re not meant to be paired with other bracelets on the same wrist. Because bracelets are more manageable than bangles, it can be harder to match multiple bracelets together and achieve the right look.

Looking to add some flair to your wrists? Visit Hamra Jewelers to see our gorgeous array of bracelets and bangles. For more information, please call us at 480-946-5110.