When it’s already 80-plus degrees at sunrise, the last thing you want to do is wear too many layers—jewelry included. It’s just too hot! No jewelry lover wants to leave the house under-accessorized, but when the temperatures soar, the fact is that we all need to dress light. (Who wants to pass out in the subway, even if you are wearing gorgeous ropes of pearls?)
Enter the friendship bracelet—a skinny string, macramé-woven, beaded, or delicate chain style, often with a focal-point charm. The idea is centuries old, and gained U.S. popularity in recent decades when they were exchanged among friends. And because the silhouettes are so slender, the bracelets serve as ideal warm-weather accessories since even a small stack can make a statement without weighing you down.
Ciudad friendship bracelet is inspired by those from the 1980s and features vintage crystals, hand-dyed silks, and base metal chain fringe and either a heart or star charm, $80; Kris Nations Jewels
Bracelet in cord with a 10k gold evil eye charm, $85; Minor Obsessions by Finn
Wrap bracelet in leather with turquoise beads and a silver closure, $90; Samuel B.
Bracelet with cord, 14k gold fill, and pyrite, $200; Dana Kellin at Fragments
Rivulet bracelet in silver, $239; Herndon Heald
Matchstick bracelet in cord and silver with ruthenium finish, white rhodium finish, and 0.16 ct. t.w. white sapphires, $300; Jude Frances
Star Stacking Bracelet in silver with 8 mm–10 mm Picasso jasper beads and 0.85 ct. t.w. diamonds, $339; Alef Bet by Paula
Cube bracelet in cord with 14k gold and 0.14 ct. t.w. diamonds, $350; diaStrings
Lotus bracelet in 18k gold with 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,260; Djula
Bracelet in 18K white gold with 0.46 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,475; Parade Design