A bracelet is worn around the wrist
The origin of the term 'bracelet' is from the Latin 'brachile' meaning 'of the arm', and in the Old French 'barcel'. A bracelet is worn around the wrist. It is one the jewellery item which is popular both in male and female. Bracelets are also used for medical and identification purposes.
Allergy bracelets are used for hospital patient-identification tags. Bracelets can be manufactured from leather, cloth, hemp, plastic, metal, rocks, wood, and/or shells. Other material are used to manufacture bracelets are gold, silver, lak, platinum, white gold and using diamonds. Find cuff, link and charm bracelets, each one more unique than the next, and read about the talented artists that make them.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 sís all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
All gemstones have some characteristics
Many gemstones are used in even the most expensive jewellery depending on the brand name of the designer, fashion trends, market supply, treatments etc. Others are too common and are given a semi-precious status. Most gemstones have good hardness and a high index of refraction.
All gemstones have some characteristics falling short of perfection though; even the seemingly perfect Diamond has four directions of cleavage. Since quartz is everywhere especially in common dirt and dust. Any material that is softer may be scratched during ordinary wear. Nevertheless, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds still have a reputation that exceeds those of other gemstones.