Beaded Gemstone Bracelets
From the 17th to the 19th centuries, the western coastline of Africa was referred to as the Barbary Coast by Europeans. The region became very important for trade, and European travelers brought back beautiful handmade jewelry made by the talented African artisans, showing off pieces with gorgeous beads produced from natural precious and semiprecious stones. The John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast collection was inspired by these jewelry pieces and shows off the gorgeous qualities of African opals, amber stones, garnets and other exquisitely colored gems.
Lively shapes and countless layers of richly textured semi-precious gemstones define the Barbary Coast bracelet collection. This show stopping beaded gemstone bracelet assortment features gold vermeil, 14K gold, 18Kgold, and fine and sterling silver, along with a wide variety of African Opal, Amber, Carnelian, Garnet, and Onyx gemstones. For those who love a statement, the Barbary Coast bracelet collection makes a great accent for those that choose to create an ensemble around their jewelry.
Sizes of Bracelets in the Collection
The bracelets in the John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast collection begin with a handmade chain maille produced out of gold-filled metal that creates a luxurious framework for each piece. The beads are added, so that they dangle and produce movement as you move your hand and arm. Toggle clasps are used to secure the bracelets in place, making these pieces of a fixed length. The majority of the bracelets are 8 to 8-3/4 inches long, making them perfect for a loose fit on a medium to large wrist. A small number are 7 to 7-3/4 inches long for a tighter fit on a medium wrist or a loose fit on a small wrist.
How to Style Barbary Bracelets
Our John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast bracelets are designed as statement pieces due to their striking beads. They make elegant statements when worn all on their own without any added rings. If you're attending a nighttime event, you could pair one of our Nu Gold bangles or cuffs with one of the John S. Brana Handmade Jewelry Barbary Coast bracelets. The bracelets combine multiple colors, so they are perfect for brightening up neutral outfits like a little black dress or a crisp white cotton blouse or for tying together a color blocked outfit.