Blood and Silver: The Chainmail Bangle
Some of the best jewellery is something that is simple enough in design to fit any outfit, but still stands out and can bring an outfit together. This chainmail bracelet is a great example. The design works well with any medieval or fantasy ensemble but can also be worn with modern styles.
The interlocking chain pattern wraps around the band and is secured with a simple brooch. This design evokes that of medieval armour, but with a fine beauty and quality that marks it as jewellery. The sterling silver bracelet is lightweight, so won’t get in the way of day to day activities.
While a peasant down on their luck probably wouldn’t wear such jewellery, it works nicely with most other characters. A lord or lady, sure. A wealthy merchant, absolutely. Even a commoner could potentially wear something like this design as part of their Sunday best. Both masculine and feminine styles would suit such a bracelet.
Jewellery in Medieval Times: Rings, Brooches, Bracelets and More
It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that jewellery is not a modern invention. Rather, jewellery has existed for about as long as human society itself. It turns out that humans have always been drawn to shiny, colourful things, who knew?
When we look specifically at medieval jewellery, we see that it became more common towards the midpoint and the end of the Middle Ages. It also became much more elaborate, especially among the higher classes.
However, even commoners were known to own some pieces of jewellery. They wouldn’t wear them every day, but they might sport a ring or fasten their cloak with a brooch when dressed in their Sunday best. These would usually be made using relatively common metals and semi-precious stones.
The most interesting jewellery was, of course, worn by the rich and the nobility. This was partially because of the cost of precious metals but was also a result of sumptuary laws which restricted certain people from wearing certain clothes. Jewellery with precious stones and gold and silver were reserved for the nobility.
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The technical specifications for the chainmail bangle are as follows:
- Material: .925 sterling silver
- Width: 15.9 mm
- Thickness: 2.2 mm
- Weight: 28.6 g or 1 oz