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The bracelet is a bit of an unsung hero in the jewelry world: Bracelets don’t have the up-front-and-center advantage of necklaces, the simple sentimentality of rings or the ease of earrings. That said, from chunky cuffs to chiming charms and barely-there bangles, nothing elevates an outfit like the addition of exactly the right bracelet.

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 edition of INSTORE.


 

NINA NGUYEN

WHY WE LOVE IT: As good solo as they are in a stack, these bangles are perfect for the customer who likes to catch ’em all. Start with one, come back for more.

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DESCRIPTION: 14K gold and oxidized sterling silver bangles with a mix of Sleeping Beauty turquoise, opals, tourmaline, emerald, and rose-cut diamonds. MSRP: $498-$1,998 nina-nguyen.com


 

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

➤ In this golden age of stacking, jewelry lovers are always on the hunt for a piece that layers well but still has enough presence to be worn alone. The key is a design that’s interesting, but not too complicated to wear alongside other bracelets.

 

TURA SUGDEN

WHY WE LOVE IT: Elegant hardware with a sophisticated row of deep blue sapphire baguettes marching down the middle — this delicate design could not be more chic.

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DESCRIPTION: Blue sapphires and 18K yellow gold bracelet. MSRP: $4,950 turasugden.com

MONICA RICH KOSANN

WHY WE LOVE IT: Can you imagine a cooler base for a charm bracelet than a bracelet that is already a locket? Gorgeous solo or adorned with add-ons.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold charm bracelet with a turquoise stone. MSRP: $3,300 monicarichkosann.com

 

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CAROLINA BUCCI

WHY WE LOVE IT: Rich, textured gold in an array of colors makes this piece a sumptuous but easy-to-throw-on luxury that will go with anything, anytime.

DESCRIPTION: 18K mixed color golds bracelet. MSRP: $14,400 carolinabucci.com

 


 

ACANTHUS JEWELRY

WHY WE LOVE IT: The graphic va-va-voom of vibrant 24K gold patterns against the dark oxidized silver background is too compelling to resist.

DESCRIPTION: 24K gold on oxidized silver cuff, applied and fused by hand. MSRP: $980 acanthusjewelry.com

 


 

NOTEWORTHY NEUTRALS

➤ Flashy statement pieces have their time and place, but there’s one piece of jewelry that never, ever invites buyer’s remorse: the high-quality neutral. These classic, versatile bracelets will go with absolutely everything, making them the perfect go-to accessory to reach for on any occasion.

 

FREDRIC DUCLOS

WHY WE LOVE IT: The smooth expanse of shining silver and asymmetrical design make this cuff a neutral that’s anything but basic.

DESCRIPTION: Cuff in sterling silver. MSRP: $275 fredericduclos.com

 


 

EDEN PRESLEY

WHY WE LOVE IT: Luscious bi-color tourmalines all in a row, gorgeously geometric and spectacularly symmetrical.

DESCRIPTION: 14K gold bangle with tourmaline and diamonds (0.18 TCW) MSRP: $2,860 edenpresley.com

 


 

ANZIE

WHY WE LOVE IT: No-fuss bezel settings and a colorful explosion of spinel make this piece light, bright and irresistible.

DESCRIPTION: Multicolored spinel bangle in 14K yellow gold. MSRP: $3,650 anzie.com

 


 

 

BRIGHTEN UP

➤ Whoever said that bracelets needed to be neutral? Add some pizzazz to that arm party by reaching for bangles and cuffs rife with richly colored gemstones.

 

MARCIA BUDET

WHY WE LOVE IT: Clusters of bright stones on delicate lengths of chain make for a visually captivating, almost architectural effect.

DESCRIPTION: 18K gold bracelets with rhodolite garnet and moonstone or iolite and chrome diopside with diamonds (0.15 TCW) MSRP: $1,295-$1,595 marciabudet.com

 


 

CHAMILIA

WHY WE LOVE IT: “Be awesome” is advice we can get behind — and how cute is that bee? A fun, joyful piece.

DESCRIPTION: Sterling silver bangle MSRP: $49 chamilia.com

 


 

WEAR YOUR HEART ON YOUR SLEEVE

➤ The wrist is the perfect place to put a sentimental piece that you want to be able to see as well as feel. Put these meaningful bracelets right over your pulse point and they’ll remind you of what’s important all day long.

 

SHEMA-OR

WHY WE LOVE IT: The central medallion is an artistic rendering of the most important prayer in Judaism, the Shema. Beautiful, innovative and spiritually significant.

DESCRIPTION: Silver and red string bracelet MSRP: $40 shema-or.com

 


 

ZENNED OUT

WHY WE LOVE IT: The way this cuff whispers its inspirational message against the wearer’s skin instead of announcing it to the world feels so intimate and genuine.

DESCRIPTION: Handstamped copper cuff MSRP: $75 zennedout.com

 


 

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