Monday, January 21, 2013

Stylish ID Bracelets

A classic ID bracelet in gold plate
Apparently ID bracelets are making a comeback. I’m sure many can say that they’ve never been gone but I’ve seen at least two different articles about their versatility in the past week. There was even a quick blip in InStyle magazine about the ID bracelet. They of course covered all of the big designer versions made with 18k gold and encrusted with diamonds. While really beautiful, they were all out of my price range.
Since the ID bracelet has been around forever there are many styles to choose from and many at very reasonable pricing. The acceptance of sterling silver for jewelry has increased the availability of affordable pieces. Another metal that is hitting the ID bracelet craze is stainless steel. This metal has been used for years in Medical ID bracelets. It’s durable and affordable, something that is important for those who need to notify medical personnel of any health conditions that will affect their treatment.
 Tiffany & Company mixed things up in sterling silver
The wonderful thing about the introduction of more affordable metals and materials to a classic design is the results. Instead of a standard ID bracelet with links and a plate for name or message engraving, you have something that is fashionable. It becomes a piece that can be worn with other bracelets to make a statement and mix and match with other bracelets on your wrist for that popular arm party. Instead of an ID bracelet worn alone on your wrist it can mix and mingle with others and be a little more avant-garde.
Let’s face it, fashion needs to be mixed up a little every now and then. While it may be important to blend in with the crowd when you’re working a government job, when you’re out on your own you should be able to be creative. I think it’s going to be a hot look this spring and summer so if you have an old ID bracelet languishing in your jewelry box, now is the time to take it out and polish it up.  Short sleeves will be here before we know it and the arm party will be on.
Gold plate with leather woven into the chain


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