A bracelet is an item of jewellery worn around the wrist. The earliest known examples of bracelets date back to 2,500 BC. These adornments were made of natural materials such as stone and shell, and are thought to have been worn by the female inhabitants of Mesopotamia. The bracelets are believed to have had religious importance and in some cases indicated wealth. Bracelets were widely worn by both men and women in Ancient Egypt. The trend first became popular with men in Europe in Ancient Greece. Bracelets produced during this time were often made of leather and adorned with precious metals and gems.
After a lull in the trend during the Dark and Middle Ages, the latter end of the Renaissance marked a return of bracelets, with ornately designed metal pieces. The intricate patterns of the 17th century persisted until the 1900s, when the floral inspired designs of the Art Deco movement became fashionable.
Largely owing to the cheap costs of production and materials, bracelets now come in a huge variety of styles. While many bracelets today continue to have religious importance, such as rosary bracelets, or are worn as items of fashion, like an Emporio Armani Bracelet, some modern bracelets are used as a means of medical identification, as is the case with diabetes bands. A bracelet may also indicate that its wearer has an allegiance to a certain cause, such as with Bully Bands and Livestrong wristbands.