Bracelets and bangles have been worn for centuries to adorn people and bring attention to their wrists and hands. The difference being that bangles are rigid and bracelets are flexible being made of an ornamental band, loop or chain.
It was thought for years that the Egyptians invented the bracelet, being crafted from stone, bone and wood but the history of wristwear goes back further, and in 2008 a collection of jewellery was found in a cave in Siberia which included a green stone bracelet carbon dated to be 40,000 years old.
Bangles and bracelets have been found in many civilisations including ancient Mayan, Roman, Indian and Mauryan ruins and have been worn by many cultural groups for different reasons.
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