Stretch Bracelets, Like Stretch Pants, Are a Holiday Trend

Nearly every budding jewelry lover once possessed a stretch bracelet, either handmade or from a 25-cent gumball machine.

I still have my favorite stretch bracelet, which features my name and a variety of colored plastic beads. The elastic is so worn I’m surprised it hasn’t snapped.

Imagine both my surprise and delight when I started noticing stretch bracelets in fine jewelry stores. At first, I wasn’t sure I’d want to spend more than $5 on something stretchy. Would it break? But I soon realized that stretch bracelets are versatile, comfortable, and casual.

Why have stretch bracelets become so trendy?

Stretch bracelets exude effortless style. They’re for the jewelry lover who wants to look like she spend about 30 seconds getting ready for her day but, in reality, thoughtfully edited her wardrobe. Furthermore, stretch bracelets make the perfect gift for gift givers worried about fitting a recipient’s wrist size! Here are a few stretch bracelets I think are worth their grown-up cost:

pearlPearl and Gold Bead Stretch Bracelet ($32)

In general, I’m not pearl’s biggest fan. It has a reputation for being too “stuffy” and conservative. Instead, I’d take a scintillating diamond or colorful gemstone over pearl. But there’s something about pearls in stretch bracelet form that make them accessible and unique. The 14-karat-gold-plated bead in this particular stretch bracelet highlights the sheen of these 4-mm freshwater pearls.

ItalianSterlingBraceletItalian Sterling Silver and 18-Karat Yellow Gold Stretch Bracelet ($99)

When I was in high school, the cool kids wore stretchy mala or prayer bead bracelets without understanding their significance or purpose. These days, I’m embarrassed by my cultural appropriation but still appreciate the aesthetic of a uniform set of cool-to-the-touch gemstone beads. This Italian sterling silver bracelet with 18-karat yellow gold overlay mimics the symmetry and infinite nature of those mala bracelets.

bluetopazBlue and White Topaz Sterling Silver Stretch Bracelet ($269)

I haven’t met many people who don’t like blue topaz, the crowd-pleasing gemstone. Perfect for December babies or anyone who loves sky blue, this blue and white topaz stretch bracelet is excellent for everyday wear but can also serve as a fine accessory for a New Year’s Eve outfit.

What kinds of stretch bracelets have you been coveting?

Cover photo by Tommy Wong