There is something more personal about jewelry that is worn on the hands. Perhaps that is because the wearer can see it do what jewelry is designed to do — to be in and interact with the world. You can see how your bracelets move and how your rings break the light. I am sure that seeing your jewelry behave as mobile art changes how you feel about those pieces.
While rings are by far my favorite type of jewelry, bracelets have a special place in my heart as the first type of jewelry I tried to make as a child — friendship bracelets and bracelets made out of coiled wire, to be specific.
Bracelets are very expressive and different bracelet styles contribute different things. Cuff bracelets add a visual break and can foreshorten the arm — much liked cropped pants do for the leg. Bangles can be musical and dramatic as they orbit around a wrist adding movement. Then, there are chains with focal points and charms. They swing and sway and add length to arms and hands. In addition, each type can change a great deal depending on materials. A leather cuff, for example, is very different in overall effect from a beaded cuff.
These fine examples of fun bracelets can be found here: Blue Keum-Boo Cuff — by Judy Parady; Twisted Sterling Silver Bangle Bracelet with a Gypsy Set Blue Sapphire – by Two Trick Pony; and Woodland Love Charm Bracelet – by Mark Poulin.