Silver bracelets are a timeless jewellery purchase, and perfect as both a gift for a special someone or an elegant way to treat yourself. Silver is one of the most versatile precious metals available on the market. It not only makes for extremely affordable jewellery, it’s also diverse enough to suit almost any style and personal taste.
However, like all jewellery purchases, it pays to make sure you find the right style, quality and look to suit you as an individual. Silver bracelets are no exception. With this in mind, here is a guide for what to look for when buying silver bracelets.
Choosing the right style
There’s no shortage of silver bracelet designs available for you to choose from, and it can be a difficult decision when choosing which one is right for you. A good starting point is to consider what purpose you expect the bracelet to have.
Is it an everyday wear item, that’s versatile enough to add a touch of glamour to any outfit? Or perhaps it’s better suited for a special occasion? In that case you might be after a bracelet that best enhances an evening gown and complementary jewellery. Figuring out what sort of purpose the bracelet will hold in your day-to-day life is an important consideration in matching the piece to one’s lifestyle and needs.
Silver is one of the most affordable jewellery items available to purchase, but high quality silver is still the best option to choose from. Fine silver, or silver that is 99.9% pure, is actually too soft for jewellers to create the beautiful bracelets we so often see on the market.
That’s why so many of them are produced from sterling silver, which is silver mixed with other alloys to give it strength. A popular alloy to combine with silver is often copper, which gives the metal strength while maintaining its malleability for intricate designs.
With this combination of metals, there is the risk that silver jewellery contains too many alternative alloys. As a mark of quality to help you always purchase genuine sterling silver, items will often bear the term 925 Sterling Silver. This represents the 92.5% minimum for sterling silver jewellery to pass as high quality. Good quality silver jewellery is vital for its longevity, as well as its ability to keep anyone with sensitive skin free of irritation.
Which bracelet is right for me?
Once you have decided on what purpose you intend to use your bracelet for, the next step is to consider the huge range of styles and designs that are available to choose from. An everyday bracelet might include a bangle or several bangles, which are simple and elegant enough to be worn at any occasion.
Charm bracelets are also an increasingly popular style, with any number of creative and personalised pendants available to suit your own unique look. Some of these range from (but aren’t by any means limited to) Silver Star bracelets, blue hummingbird bracelets or a high summer silver butterfly bracelet.
For a more formal affair, silver makes the perfect backdrop to accentuate the glamour and beauty of any number of gemstones. Silver bracelets incorporated with pearls, diamonds, or a cubic zirconia for a more budget-friendly alternative, all make exceptionally beautiful statement pieces for a special occasion or event.