Looking Back: The History Of Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are the perfect way for friends to show one another just how much they mean to them. The history of friendship bracelets stretches back over many decades across numerous cultures and are typically used as a symbol to celebrate meaningful relationships between two people.


Traditionally, friendship bracelets were made using a form of knotting known as macrame and the love and effort which went into making a friendship bracelet was acknowledged when the gift was received. If the bracelet was then ever taken off purposely, then it would signify the end of the friendship.


The History Of Friendship Bracelets

The handwoven knots used to make friendship bracelets can be traced back to Native Americans, however, the symbolic use of knot-tying has a long history in China and other parts of the world. The Chinese have used knots for many different reasons, including clothing decoration and some of the earliest forms of using decorative knots date back to as far as 481-221 B.C.


Macrame, which is the process of tying knots into decorative patterns, is known to have been used as far back as the 13th century. This craft then spread into Italy and France and was later picked up by sailors who used the knots in their work whilst at sea. To add to the history of friendship bracelets, it is Native American tradition that the creator of the bracelet makes it with care and love with the other person in mind and that the recipient is given one wish when they first put it on to wear. Should they leave the bracelet to fall off or break naturally, then the wish is granted.


Styles Throughout The Years

The majority of popular friendship bracelets styles are based on the traditional Native American patterns. But, these days, friendship bracelets can be created with any pattern and material in mind. The history of friendship bracelets has had a place in many different times and cultures, but the message still remains the same.


Friendship bracelets are usually made out of knotted or woven materials, such as cloth or cotton. As the years have gone on, more and more materials have been used. In recent years, metal friendship bracelets have been the most popular style and are now worn and gifted as part of a larger jewellery collection.


Our Kelabu bracelets are the perfect gift if you are looking for something special to give to a friend. From the Gold Double Karma Circle Bracelet to the Rough Pearl Pave Bracelet, we have a great collection of jewellery that is perfect to give as a gift.