As the oldest form of jewellery known to man, the bangle dates back as far as pre-historic times. Constructed by our ancestors, the most notable piece discovered is considered a completion of the Denisovan species some 40,000 years ago.

Since its beginnings the adornment staple has always appeared to take on an ornamental form, showing us the advancement of our ancestors in terms of art and beauty. Excavations have unveiled figurines of ancient gods and goddesses with wrists adorned with bangles, showing that previously the piece’s ornamental stature was symbolically significant.

Cartier | 1920 Art-Deco | Emporio Armani Spring 2016

The 1920’s were a hugely significant decade in the world of jewellery, a time when the organic designs and free-flowing lines of the Art Nouveau movement gave way to the simpler features of the Art Deco movement. Rich colours, geometric lines and symmetry are the key features of jewellery from this period. One cannot mention Art Deco without referring to prolific jewellery house, Cartier, whose legacy of Art Deco inspired pieces are still influential today.

Reflective of Cartier’s Art Deco pieces, Emporio Armani‘s black and silver statement bangles adorning the catwalks of S/S 16 are dramatically eye-catching and give a firm nod to the “moving lines” concept of his Summer Breeze collection.

Charlotte Chesnai | Bond Bracelet

Bringing a new perspective to the simple yet versatile piece, Parisian designer Charlotte Chesnais  debut collection showcases the bangle as a sculptural piece. The smooth, flowing lines encase both the hand and the wrist effortlessly evoking a minimalist elegance.

Céline | S/S 2016

Accentuating each delicate piece with an array of abstract shapes, French Fashion House Céline reflects hints of elegance with an eccentric twist.

Lemaire | S/S 2016 |S/S 2013

Former Hermès front man Christophe Lemaire delivered the classic staple encompassed with a sense of minimalism. Now focusing exclusively on his eponymous label Lemaire, the French designer emits characteristics of sophistication and edginess through his designs.

Enji | Linked Bracelet | Points Stacking Bracelet 

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Another legacy of the 1920’s is the ever-popular art of stacking. In the 20’s the more bangles stacked upon the arm, the better. Designer Niki Grandics gives a subtle nod to this trend with her three-piece bangle for label Enji. This intimately scaled set embodies a bold contrast between the two slender bangles and the larger one. The larger bangle pulls the piece together with the bold end point, which encases a raw, smoky quartz. 

Niki is inspired by the coexisting contrasts of our world, which is reflected beautifully in this delicate trio.

Amy C | Octahe Bangle | Octa Bangle

Innovative designer Amy Cheng has released a series of striking bangles for her “Elements” collection. These wearable pieces of architecture explore how jewellery can be manipulated by the contemporary design tool of 3D printing. These unique pieces reflect the conservative elegance of traditional Chinese architecture.

Amy C | Quad Bangle|  Cylin Bangle

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These ultra-modern pieces combine simple and clean lines with intricate geometric patterns. This collection of 3D printed pieces are exemplary of the bangles ability to conform to whatever evolution throws at it.

 

Written by Anneka Shally

Edited by Christina Wright

References

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/jewelry/an-enamel-rock-crystal-and-diamond-5639697-details.aspx?from=salesummary&pos=72&intObjectID=5639697&sid=58da6e3a-79dc-4e0a-a5a0-b8cefe7f9a6f 

http://www.the6milliondollarstory.com/sophisticated-jewellery-by-charlotte-chesnais/ (accessed February 2016)

http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/emporio-armani/slideshow/collection#65

http://www.livingly.com/runway/Paris+Fashion+Week+Spring+2016/LEMAIRE/Details/yABDAsINU9m