Antique bracelets, like necklaces, are one of the oldest forms of jewelry and are often worn by women. Bracelets have been popular culture adornments since the earliest Egyptian kingdoms. From East to West bracelets have served as signs of wealth and good fortune. The popularity of men’s bracelets has increased in recent years. If you are shopping for an antique men’s bracelet, look to non-western cultures – Asian, African and South American.
Typically, bracelets are worn around the wrist; however, you will find some that wrap the forearm. Vintage bracelets are commonly found in a wide range of materials, from precious metals to leather and shells. When shopping for non-metal bracelets, pay special attention to the materials that string the bracelet together. For example, the shells or beads may be antique while the string or wire may not be.