Offer a Friendship Bracelet: to whom, why, how?

Friendship bracelets are a way for friends to show what they mean to each other.

Traditionally, loved ones each create a bracelet and give them to each other as a gift. They are usually woven from embroidery floss and can be created with any color scheme or pattern in mind.

In fact, friendship bracelets have a rich and significant history dating back to the Indians of North, South, and Central America. They are unisex and tend to be very popular with children and young adults because they are fun to create and share.

When you receive one as a gift, attach it to your wrist and wear it every day, as a symbol of the sincere friendship that binds you to the person who gave it to you.

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The history of friendship bracelets

Hand-woven knots used to create friendship bracelets date back to Native Americans, although tying knots to form jewelry and accessories has also been practiced in other parts of the world.

In China, some of the earliest forms of decorative knotwork date back to 481 BC. The Chinese used knots for many reasons, including decorating clothing and other items.

However, most of the bracelets you will find these days will be made of threads woven using the macramé technique, exactly like these that we offer on our site.

Macramé, which consists of making beautiful patterns with decorative knots, already existed in the 13th century among the Arabs. This craft then spread to France and Italy. It was later taken up by sailors, who used many macrame knots in their work at sea.

Macrame then became very popular in 19th century England and was brought to America in the 1960s, when weaving and other crafts became popular with children and teenagers.

It has since been used in many fields, including jewelry making.

In short, Native American tradition dictates that the creator of the friendship bracelet makes it thinking of the love felt for the person to whom he or she intends to offer it.

He thus charges it with a certain power which entitles its owner to make one and only one wish. If he never takes off the bracelet and lets it fall naturally, then his wish will be granted.

According to another Native American tradition, removing a bracelet before it has worn out naturally is a sign that the friendship is over.

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How to wear a friendship bracelet

There are tons of bracelets with spiritual or symbolic powers. You only need to look at all those that we have been able to bring together here to convince you.

Wearing a friendship bracelet is a symbolic act that shows how much you appreciate and cherish your best friends!

They are representative of the love that friends share and the unique bond that unites two souls. And don't worry, if you have more than one best friend, there's something for everyone!

The most popular style is embroidered cord, which is very durable and designed to last a lifetime. Of course, you may need to replace it every ten years or so, depending on the quality and material.

This is completely normal with something you wear every day of your life. Even if your bracelet wears out over time, it's just proof that your friendship is evolving too.

Either way, the best way to wear a friendship bracelet is on either your wrist or your ankle.

It's true, after all: even if they are bracelets, who says you can't choose to wear it on your ankle, or any other part of your body?

Whatever the placement, you are sure to be able to wear your friendship bracelet for years. The more you wear it, the more you will be able to look at it and think of your dear friend who gave it to you.

When two friends exchange bracelets, part of the fun is seeing who wears it the longest.

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Popular styles over the years

Some of the most popular friendship bracelet styles are based on Native American designs. (Logic, you might say!)

It is true that this style of art is particularly beautiful. Look for example at these few photos of Indian style fabrics and you will agree.

Some of the most common designs include the chevron, broken ladder, totem pole and diamond. Some of these designs are based on Navajo weaving styles. Navajo weaving dates back to the 16th century, when these Native Americans created blankets and other fabrics on looms.

Their diamond pattern, for example, is particularly popular for friendship bracelets, because it goes very well with many different colors.

Today, however, friendship bracelets can be created with any design. You can easily find designs inspired by your favorite music, movies and TV shows, and more online.

Beads and feathers can also be added as additional decorations on your friendship bracelets.

The creator of the bracelet can choose colors that represent the person to whom he is going to give it, for example, black represents strength, blue represents loyalty and red represents honesty.

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The best types of friendship bracelets

No two friends are the same, so it's understandable that not all friendship bracelets are created the same. So, let's explore the types of bracelets you and your friend can decide to wear together!

While colors and trends may vary, a friendship bracelet will generally have an artisanal look as they are most often handmade. Nothing is stopping you from spending an afternoon with your loved ones so that you can all make your own bracelets together!

In any case, here are some ideas that you might like:

  • Aztec pattern: very geometric, it is easy to draw with simple squares
  • Candy pattern: stick small candy designs on your bracelets for a fun and crazy style
  • Chevron pattern: this type of pattern will give Native American style friendship bracelets
  • Diamond pattern: quite complex, making the diamond pattern requires some practice
  • Double chevron pattern: with the double chevron, you will have… twice as much chevron

The fun thing about each of these designs is that you can choose whatever color combination you like best. So, even if you or your friend have different tastes, if you choose the same design, your friendship bracelets will be personal, yes, but will still share a common point!

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Conclusion

Any opportunity is good to show your affection and love to your friends.

However, your relationship must still be solid! If you want to be sure not to make a mistake when offering your bracelet, follow these few tips from the site grazia.fr, or even these from bibamagazine.fr which will aim to strengthen your friendly relations.

Loyalty, sincerity, fidelity: these feelings deserve to be immortalized through a special piece of jewelry, through a friendship bracelet.

In any case, this is a demonstrative and affectionate way to leave a memory with your friends, to leave a little piece of you to those who share with you the ups, but especially the downs of life.

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Cyril Gendarme is a writer whose website "The Lucky Door" ("La Porte Du Bonheur" in French, his native language) has become a reference in the field of esotericism. Born in Belgium, Cyril has been attracted to the mysteries of the world since he was a child. When his interest in occultism was awakened, a particular subject caught his attention: lucky charms.

After years of study and in-depth research on esoteric traditions from around the world, Cyril decided to share his knowledge with the public through the internet. In 2019, he launched "The Lucky Door," a website dedicated to exploring lucky charms, magical symbols, and esoteric arts.

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