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Here’s to a different kind of arm candy
When it comes to jewelry, a little arm candy can go a long way. Think of a flash of silver on the wrist with an all-black outfit, or perhaps a chunky gold chain for when you want your baubles to compliment your summer tan. All in all, even the simplest of bracelets can do wonders to elevate a look.
And still, with so many types of bracelets, it can be difficult to choose the best one(s) to fit your wardrobe. Do you choose a charm, bangle, or cuff? What goes best with each type of outfit? Which design is the most versatile? Those are only the questions to ask yourself before evaluating quality and a piece’s value given its price point.
To streamline your shopping process, we consulted two jewelry experts—Halle Millien, Associate Creative Director at Danish jewelry brand Skagen, and Logan Hollowell, founder of Los Angeles-based fine jewelry label Logan Hollowell—to keep you from an accessory-related conundrum and help us compile this list of the best bracelets available now.
Brilliant Earth Vera Link Chain Bracelet
Brilliant Earth crafts the perfect gold bracelet for just about any outfit, which is one of several reasons why it’s our favorite. The thin curb link chain is minimalist but would also work well in a bracelet stack. We also love the brand’s commitment to sustainable practices, like its use of recycled metals, Certified Carbonfree® status, and support of human rights funds.
Price at time of publish: $290
Material: 14K yellow gold and white gold | Length: 7 inches | Chain Type: Curb link
Gorjana Tatum Bracelet
A delicate, interlocking gold bracelet never goes out of style. And for under $50, you really can’t go wrong with the iteration from Gorjana. It’s an all-around great value to add to your daily stack or offer up as a gift to your bestie, sister, cousin, or mom.
Price at time of publish: $45
Material: 18K gold-plated brass | Length: 7.5 inches | Chain Type: Link
Logan Hollowell Sprinkled Diamond Tusk Cuff with Diamond
Logan Hollowell’s elephant tusk-shaped cuff is so luxurious. On one end of it is a single round diamond, and on the other, there are multiple tiny diamonds with divots that create the illusion of stars. “Falling in love with [a bracelet] is a must,” says Hollowell. “Ask yourself, is this an heirloom that will last forever?” Indeed, this cuff will last you forever.
Price at time of publish: $11,500–$11,750
Material: 14K gold, rose gold, and silver | Sizes: Petite and Classic | Chain Type: Not applicable
Jenny Bird Priya Layered Bracelet
If you’re into the idea of stacking multiple bracelets but want to keep the look streamlined, then consider a built-in layered bracelet. This bracelet from Jenny Bird is essentially a 3-in-1 deal, as it comes with three herringbone bracelets that connect with a single clasp. It’s that simple.
Price at time of publish: $95
Material: 14K gold-dipped brass l | Length: 7 inches | Chain Type: Herringbone
Kate Spade idiom heart of gold bangle
Kate Spade offers a sleek gold-tone bangle with meaningful engraving. With “heart of gold” playfully etched on the inside, it’s a symbol of positive messaging. At under $40, it makes for a great gift to someone who you think can identify with the engraving. Plus, it’s easy to stack with other jewelry and wear every day.
Price at time of publish: $38
Material: Plated metal | Diameter: 2.5 inches | Chain Type: Not applicable
Gucci Interlocking-G Chain Bracelet
The house’s iconic double-G logo cleverly blends into the chain links for a subtle but recognizable statement. Its aged finish emits a vintage vibe, which you can bring out even more with a grungy leather jacket, jeans, and a T-shirt.
Price at time of publish: $350
Material: Sterling silver | Length: 8.75 inches | Chain Type: Link
Tiffany Blue Heart Tag Bead Bracelet
Best Charm Bracelet
It’s one of the most iconic charm bracelets for a reason. While the bracelet was inspired by the label’s key ring in 1969, this reinvented style is a classic of our time. Simple silver beads surround the single, signature Tiffany Blue engraved tag, and with that alone, everyone will know who you’re wearing.
Price at time of publish: $250
Material: Sterling silver | Length: 5.25–6.75 inches | Chain Type: Beaded with charm
Petite Boutique Name Bar Bracelet
Best on Amazon
A personalized bracelet under $25? Yeah, that’s what Amazon delivers to you. This nameplate bracelet gives you the option to engrave your name, a short quote, or any other message of your choosing, plus an extender in case you need extra length. There are also three metal options to choose from—gold-plated, silver, and rose-gold-plated.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: 16K gold-plated, silver, rose-gold-plated metal | Length: 4–6 inches | Chain Type: Link with bar pendant
Alexis Bittar Solanales Crystal Thin Cuff Bracelet
When Alexis Bittar received a box of antique jewelry from his parents as a child, he was inspired to create his own intricate, crystal-encrusted pieces. Take this cuff bracelet as an example, which has crystals that line the 14K gold-plating and rhodium-tone brass.
Price at time of publish: $225
Material: 14K gold-plated brass | Length: Not listed | Chain Type: Not applicable
Mateo Gold Pearl and Diamond Dot Bracelet
Mateo combines multiple gemstones for its 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Pearl Chain Bracelet. It has a delicate gold adjustable chain with a lustrous pearl pendant in the center. It’s elegantly flanked by one bezel diamond and can be world alone or stacked for extra oomph.
Price at time of publish: $625
Material: 14K yellow gold | Length: Adjustable | Chain Type: Link
David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet
David Yurman’s Cable Classics Bracelet is one of the most recognizable cuffs on the market. This silver and gold bracelet is also perfect for solo wear or stacking, and as Millien advises, when stacking she usually wears “the widest bracelet next to [her] watch and then [adds] on the thinner bracelets.” This bracelet would classify as a wider one, so layer up some slim ones on top.
Price at time of publish: $450–$465
Material: Sterling silver, 14K gold | Sizes: XS–XL | Chain Type: Not applicable
JIA JIA Arizona Gold Ruby Bracelet
Each of Jia Jia’s Arizona Gold Ruby bracelets is unique in its retrospective manner. In an ombréed range from pale pinks to deep merlots, the stones that string across this bracelet each symbolize sentiments of power, protection, and passion, according to the brand. We love it, especially when layered with gold pieces, bringing a pop of playful color to any stack.
Price at time of publish: $340
Material: Tonal-pink rubies | Length: 7.1 inches | Chain Type: Stone
Mejuri Micro-Pavé Diamond Rivière Bracelet
Diamonds are everyone’s best friend, so make sure your next find is full of them. Mejuri’s Micro-Pavé Diamond Rivière tennis bracelet consists of 176 SI1-2 diamonds set in 14K gold. Other than the design, we love that the diamonds are responsibly sourced and conflict-free, meaning that they’re mined using ethical practices.
Price at time of publish: From $1,800
Material: 14K yellow gold with diamonds, white gold with diamonds | Length: 6–7.5 inches | Chain Type: Diamond bezel
Loren Stewart Herringbone Bracelet
This herringbone chain from Loren Stewart is an alternative spin on the everyday chain bracelet. It has a flat, opaque chain rather than an open-link one. We also love the designer, Rachel Loren’s, origin story, which is that she started Loren Stewart by melting down and upcycling her vintage jewelry. Talk about conscious fashion.
Price at time of publish: $196
Material: 10K yellow gold | Length: 7 inches | Chain Type: Herringbone
We can’t help but love the simplicity of Brilliant Earth’s Vera Link Chain Bracelet. The curb link chain can be layered with larger bracelets for added depth. We also love the brand’s commitment to sustainable practices, like its use of recycled metals, Certified Carbonfree® status, and support of human rights funds. However, if you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, you can’t go wrong with Gorjana’s Tatum Bracelet or Kate Spade’s Idiom Bangle for under $50 and $40 respectively.
What to Look for in a Bracelet
Hollowell says to think about purpose when choosing a bracelet. Are you looking for a bracelet for yourself or a friend? Perhaps you’re looking to mark a milestone? To enhance the meaning behind your bracelet, you can even consider a charm that best represents the occasion.
When selecting a bracelet, Millien says “it has to be easy to wear and not too fussy. It has to be something that can be dressed up for a dinner out or thrown on with our favorite loungewear.” Think of the style you’re choosing in the sense of how well it works in your wardrobe and how often you’ll wear it. There are chain link bracelets that work for stacking multiple bracelets, bangles for when you want something dressy, and charm bracelets for when you want to add a personal touch.
Metal Type and Durability
It’s important to note that some metals will not hold up the same way as others, especially plated versus solid pieces. The same also applies to your sensitivity: If you have sensitive skin, hypoallergenic metals, such as sterling silver, stainless steel, and 24K gold, are some options to keep in mind. This guide by Zales offers a fuller rundown of the most common metal types in jewelry.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of bracelet is best?
“I love bracelets that are classic but can be layered to create your own unique jewelry style,” Millien says. Ultimately, though, the best bracelet is “whichever bracelet you are drawn to,” Hollowell adds. Some of [her] clients have been drawn to a gemstone with healing properties that they are manifesting into their life.” Other bracelet styles to consider are chain link, herringbone, layered, metal cuffs, and diamond bracelets. Most are versatile options to have in your rotation, depending on your style and comfort.
Which hand is best for bracelets?
Millien says she always wears bracelets on her non-dominant hand so they don’t rub against the table when she’s writing or sketching. But if you are ambidextrous or maybe just can’t pick a hand, we love wearing bracelets on both wrists for a layered look.
How do I stack or layer bracelets?
Hollowell says she tends to “add different shapes, symbols, and colored stones to make a stack. One such example is a solid gold bangle layered with a diamond tennis bracelet for a mix of shape and structure. (For a pop of color in that arrangement, you can add Jia Jia’s Arizona Gold Ruby Bracelet.) Millien, on the other hand, usually layers her watch first and then puts bracelets on next so they can move freely and don’t get stuck higher on her arm. But if neither of those works for you, layer bracelets with similar widths to avoid any bulk or added weight.
Why Trust Byrdie
Gaby Keiderling is a freelance writer based in New York City, covering fashion, lifestyle, sports, and travel. Her work can also be seen in Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Who What Wear, and Travel + Leisure. She’s also been building her bracelet collection for the past two decades.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find enough bracelets from Black-owned and/or Black-founded businesses to meet this percentage. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at [email protected], and we will evaluate the product ASAP.
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