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The 16 Best Bracelets to Have in Your Jewelry Box

Vogue logo Vogue 9/27/2021 Daisy Shaw-Ellis
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When it comes to bracelets for women, chain, bangle, metals, gemstones, they’re all fair game. But the best bracelets to have in your arsenal don’t fall into a specific mold. We might even say that diversifying your bracelet portfolio can have maximum effect. Like most jewelry categories, there is a subtle art to curating a look with more than one piece. And when you style them, there isn’t a steadfast formula. It’s really what fits the ’fit or the vibe of the day.

Let’s be clear that we’re not encouraging you to forgo an Arm Party (that is, stacks of bracelets of all iterations and textures) if that’s your cup of tea. But a refined edit of select bracelets can work just as well in these formations: single, doubled up the arm, or matching *Wonder Woman–*esque cuffs. Of the latter category, we’d recommend pieces of substance, like the Tiffany Elsa Peretti bone cuffs or Verdura Maltese Cross cuffs à la Coco Chanel herself.

Often the most successful approach to bracelets is keeping it simple. Mixed tones of similar styles, a couple of chain options, or one single gold bangle are plenty. The more complex the equation, the trickier to wind yourself out of. Below, our easy-to-use guide to the best bracelets for women.

The Gemstone Edit

A pop of color or sparkle adds something unexpected in more refined options.

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Mizuki pearl and 14-karat gold bracelet

$365.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Jemma Wynne Toujours emerald bracelet

$3570.00, JEMMA WYNNE

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Yvonne Léon malachite, topaz, and 9-karat gold beaded bracelet

$601.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Jacquie Aiche Kate 14-karat gold diamond bracelet

$1940.00, NET-A-PORTER

The Bangle Edit

Often satisfying in weight and sound (the familiar jingle and clank when wearing more than one), bangles are great as singles or doubled to add texture.

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David Yurman cable 18-karat gold bangle

$4800.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Cartier Juste un Clou bracelet

$7500.00, CARTIER

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Bottega Veneta crystal-embellished sterling silver bracelet

$3400.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Anita Ko Zoe 18-karat rose gold bracelet

$6900.00, NEIMAN MARCUS

The Cuff Edit

Worn as a single or one on each arm, these cuffs are an easy way to make an impact with jewelry.

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Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti medium bone cuff

$1500.00, TIFFANY & CO.

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Swarovski Harmonia cuff

$429.00, SWAROVSKI

The Chain Edit

Heavy chain bracelets are as much of a statement as a cuff. More delicate options, like the charm bracelets, add intrigue to the bracelets.

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Paco Rabanne crystal-drop bracelet

$850.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Foundrae 18-karat yellow and white gold diamond bracelet

$15980.00, NET-A-PORTER

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Alighieri the Nocturnal Alchemy 24-karat gold–plated bracelet

$870.00, MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Van Cleef & Arpels Lucky Alhambra bracelet, 4 motifs

$5050.00, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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