If you are a child of the 90’s like I am, you will remember that bright colored thread friendship bracelets and neon rope bracelets were all the rage. Your social status was determined by the number of bracelets you had stacked up your arm. In the spirit of reprising some of the nostalgia from my childhood, I’ve pulled together a list of a few of my favorite modern takes on the friendship bracelet.
ALEX AND ANI recently looked into the history of the friendship bracelet on their blog, Daily 401. They say that while the exact origin is unknown, both early Chinese and Arabian culture are credited with influencing the craft as early as the 13th century. With so much history its no wonder that there is so much meaning behind every detail of the bracelet. For example, the recipient of the friendship bracelet is supposed to wear it until it falls off. In some styles, the number of threads can signify the number of years two friends have know each other, and the color can signify a number of things from your alma mater to your birthstone or sign.
Take part in this ancient tradition and pick out a modern friendship bracelet for your BFF below.
1. Dogeared Friendship Bracelets
These 14k gold plated silver circle bracelets with a red string are the perfect way to modernize the friendship bracelet. If your BFF prefers delicate jewelry this is the option for you. Dogeared makes a huge selection of gorgeous delicate pieces with big meaning behind each of them. The bold red string is a great contrast with the gorgeous gold circle. The cord is adjustable so can expand to any size. These look great with a stack of other mixed metal bracelets or worn on its own.
Price: $39.99 (17 percent off MSRP)
2. KELITCH Bohemia Tassels Friendship Bracelet
These adjustable boho bracelets come in a pack of 10 so you can mix and match and create a killer stack. The diameter is eight inches but will adjust to fit any size. The colorful beads and macrame stitching are a throwback to the friendship bracelets I loved so much in the 90s and these will be perfect for any BFF. KELITCH makes a broad range of colorful beaded and woven bracelets that are the perfect addition to your festival style for the summer.
Price: $32 (24 percent off MSRP)
3. kate spade New York ‘Best Friend Ever’ Bracelet
All you bridezillas out there, listen up! This is the perfect gift to thank all of your gorgeous bridesmaids for all the work they’ve done planning bachelorette parties, stuffing envelopes, and listening to your late night venting sessions. This bangle is 12k gold plated metal and the classic style will suit all of your girls equally. The outside reads “birds of a feather, two of a kind, perfect pair, partners in crime, peas in a pod, sidekicks.” The inside reads “BEST FRIEND EVER”. This makes a great keepsake and reminder of your friendship.
4. “You’re My Person” Bracelet
ATTENTION Grey’s Anatomy fans. If Meredith and Christina inspired your #friendshipgoals then this bracelet is the one for you. The quote, “You’re My Person” made famous by everyone’s favorite TV drama, is imprinted on the outside and “You Will Always Be My Person” inscribed on the inside. The highly polished stainless steel is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. The bracelet diameter is 2.5 inches and can be adjusted to fit your wrist. This bracelet is perfect for your roommate who you’ve sat next to on the couch for countless hours watching must-see-TV in your PJs.
5. FriendshipCollar Matching Set
What if your dog is your best friend? We’ve got you covered. FriendshipCollar offers matching dog and cat collars that come with a matching bracelet that you can wear to show your unconditional love for your pet. All collars and leashes are made from ‘PETA-approved vegan’ and softer than real leather and gold plated hardware to give each piece a luxury feel. The collar comes in eight different sizes and dozens of colors to suit your pet’s unique personality.
6. ALEX AND ANI Best Friend Bangles
ALEX AND ANI has perfected the charm bracelet, and their friendship bracelet is no exception. This best friend bracelet comes in a set of two and is made from all recycled materials. One bracelet has “BEST” and the other has “FRIEND”. These bangles expand to 3.25 inches to comfortably fit any size. This is perfect your friend with eclectic style. This is a great present for birthdays, graduation, or the holidays. The best thing about ALEX AND ANI is you can start with one and build a gorgeous stack over time. Check out some of the other ALEX AND ANI styles here.
Price: $37.99 (21 percent off MSRP)
7. Handmade Silver Infinity Friendship Bracelet
Did you know Amazon has a ‘Handmade’ section? This designer hand makes each bracelet with cotton twine and antique silver, gold, or bronze. The tradition is to make a wish as you tie on your bracelet. Once tied, it’s tradition to keep it on your wrist. When the bracelet falls off, it is believed your wish will come true.
8. Handmade Gold “Best B*tches” Cuff
Looking for a cheeky way to show your love for your BFF? This”Best B*tches” bangle is perfect for you. This is another piece from Amazon’s Handmade store and the lettering is hand stamped onto silver, gold, or rose gold metal. The bracelet is 0.25 inch by 0.6 inches and expands to fit most wrists. This is the perfect gift for your friend who is always cracking you up and making you laugh so hard you cry, and a great gift for weddings, birthdays, or graduations.
9. KELITCH Matching Boho Friendship Bracelets
KELITCH strikes again with another more modern set of complimentary friendship bracelets. KELITCH bracelets are made by female artisans across the globe and each purchase helps these families improve their lives. This purchase means so much more than just “best friends forever”. This is a great gift for your friend with the golden heart, who wants everything they wear to have a purpose. This is an easy pick for birthdays, graduations, even Mother’s Day. You can check out more beautiful KELITCH creations here.
Price: $10 (23 percent off MSRP)
10. Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet
If you’re looking for a unique way to show your appreciation for you best friend, Chan Luu’s craftsmanship is unmatched. This wrap bracelet is made of gorgeous agate, jasper, and aventurine stones and accented with light tan leather. The 75-inch, wrap around length is adjustable and has a button-and-loop closure. All materials are imported from and handmade in Vietnam. This is the perfect way to show your love and friendship to that boho friend of yours.