Properly an ornament for the wrist, or for the arm above or below the elbow; but sometimes used also in the Bible to signify an ornament worn of the leg, Nu 31:50; Isa 3:19. Armlets were worn by men, sometimes as a badge of royalty, 2Sa 1:10. Bracelets were of great variety of materials and forms; were usually large, and often of great value, Ge 24:22.
The woman of Syria and Arabia at this day wear rings round their legs, to which are fastened many other lesser rings, with make a tinkling noise, like little bells, when they walk. These rings are fixed above the ankle, and are of gold, silver, copper, glass, or even of varnished earth, according to the condition of the wearer. The princesses wear large hollow rings of gold, within which are enclosed little pebbles, that tinkle. See RINGS.
(3.) In Isa 3:19, the rendering of a Hebrew word meaning chains, i.e., twisted or chain-like bracelets.
(4.) In Ex 35:22 it designates properly a clasp for fastening the dress of females. Some interpret it as a nose-ring.
Armlet which encircled the arm, as BRACELETS the wrist. (See ARMLET.) In Ge 38:18,25, instead of "bracelets" translate (pathiyb) "the ribband" or guard by which Judah's signet was suspended to his neck. In Isa 3:19 wreathed chainwork bracelets are meant, as the root of sheerah implies. Bracelets of fine twisted gold are still common in Egypt. Men wore them as well as women. The Assyrian kings had "in the center of theirs stars and rosettes, probably inlaid with precious stones" (Layard). In Ex 35:22, for "bracelets" (chach) translate clasp or ring (literally, "a hook".) The "bracelet on Saul's arm," i.e. armlet, was one of the insignia of royalty found after his death (2Sa 1:10).
There are five Hebrew words thus translated. In 2Sa 1:10 the bracelet found on Saul's arm was either an armlet or a 'chain,' as the same word is translated in Nu 31:50. In Ge 38:18,25 the Hebrew word signifies 'cord,' and was probably the cord by which the signet was suspended. The Eastern nations were and still are fond of ornaments round their wrists, arms, and feet, many being of elaborate design and skilful workmanship.
[See ARMLET] Bracelets of fine twisted Venetian gold are still common in Egypt.
the word rendered "bracelet" means probably a string by which a seal-ring was suspended. Men as well as women wore bracelets, as we see from
Layard says of the Assyrian kings, "The arms were encircled by armlets, and the wrists by bracelets."
BRACELET. A bracelet is commonly worn by the oriental princes, as a badge of power and authority. When the calif Cayem Bemrillah granted the investiture of certain dominions to an eastern prince, he sent him letters patent, a crown, a chain, and bracelets. This was probably the reason that the Amalekite brought the bracelet which he found on Saul's arm, along with his crown, to David, 2Sa 1:10. It was a royal ornament, and belonged to the regalia of the kingdom. The bracelet, it must be acknowledged, was worn both by men and women of different ranks: but the original word, in the second book of Samuel, occurs only in two other places, and is quite different from the term which is employed to express the more common ornament known by that name. And beside, this ornament was worn by kings and princes in a different manner from their subjects. It was fastened above the elbow; and was commonly of great value.