Insomniac Sale Picks: Chunky Bracelets

*In this new late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I’ll get the ball rolling myself, but would LOVE suggestions. Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Mel requested a few picks for chunky bracelets, so here we go:

Kenneth Cole New York Link Bracelet – was $38, now $26.60

See how much I love you? I am not a gold-wearer AT ALL, but I threw this little lovely into the mix anyway. Chunky chain bracelets are among my personal faves because they give off an edgy, rocker vibe but still have some movement to them. Also big cuffs and bangles can obscure delicate wrists, but articulated bracelets are less likely to do so.

Kenneth Jay Lane Polka Dot Bangle – was $110, now $79.99

Yeah, it’s a bit spendy. But Kenny there knows his stuff and let me tell you, embedding studs or stones in a wooden bracelet is no mean feat. I’ve tried it myself and failed miserably. I also love that this piece marries warm and cool tones – the lovely rich wood paired with the silvery hematite.

Jennifer Lopez Silver Tone Cuff – was $26, now $18.20

Impressive, J.Lo. Impressive indeed! I love how sculptural and architectural this cuff looks, and imagine it would be a real compliment-generator. Versatile, too: Equally great with a dressy going-out ensemble or a funky, casual one. Plus the asymmetric design will allow some wrist peekage.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for great chunky bracelets:

  1. Bauble Bar – This pick-four set of bracelets is a great value!
  2. Max & Chloe – Plenty of spendy options, but this online retailer also offers lots of budget pieces, including loads of gorgeous cuffs and bangles.
  3. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! I have thrifted at least half of my jewelry collection, including 80% of my bangles and cuffs. (thethriftshopper.com can help you locate stores near you.)

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  • Jess

    OK, I have a question! I love the look of chunky bracelets, but although I am a big fan of chunky necklaces and big earrings, I barely ever wear chunky bracelets because I always have to take them off when I’m typing, which I tend to do for significant parts of each day. Can some women manage to have computer-based jobs complete with chunky bracelets, or does everyone just accept that they’ll have to take them off while working and put them back on afterwards?

    • Sal

      I definitely have to remove big bracelets and sets of bangles when I type!

    • Val C-MN

      I work with spreadsheets and data entry things every day and I wear a bracelet or bracelets nearly every day. The key is finding a bracelet in the length you like and the type of bracelet that works well for computer work.

      If it is a chunky bracelet, I will go with a 7 1/2 – 8″. If it is a slender bracelet, I can wear a 7 1/4″. So, you may want to go with a chunky bracelet that is a smaller in circumference and less space to “clang around”.

      I have found the widest/chunky bracelets to wear that are the most accomodating for those working with computers are the cuff bracelets (those can be with a hinge, a box/tongue closure or stretchy) or the stretch bracelets (stainless steel/silver expansion or gemstone). Those usually fit closer to the wrist and have little or no movement. Some ladies like a wide leather cuff which has adjustment holes (like a leather watch) or an adjustment pull cord.

      If you are into the bigger rolo/chain/curb/panther link/rope bracelets, then those can be worn as a single bracelet or maybe a few but choose either a smaller wrist size or else varying sizes because the varying sizes will stack well and not slide around a lot.

      If you wear bangles, you may want to wear square (which fits really well because of its shape), oval (which has more give than a round and less twirling around), or knife-edge (which tend to be more slender than some other bangles).

      Also, what helps me keep from clanging is that I have a keyboard cushioned wristpad and a gel mouse pad/adding machine pad so that closes the gap space between the raised wrist and the desk. I have those to help avoid carpal tunal; however, the additional benefit I found is that the gel pad or the pad with cushioning gives the bracelet a place to rest and takes the weight off the wrist.

      Sorry for the long reply – I sold jewelry for years in a store and I have collected jewelry years before that so I have more than my fair share of jewelry knowledge…LOL

  • How about a feature on colored/patterned tights?

  • Val C-MN

    Sal,

    Good assortment here from classic (the rolo chain bracelet) to tribal to architectural metallic.

    Kenneth Jay Lane makes excellent pieces. His nickname is “Jewelry’s Living Legend” since he has made the faux jewels for First Ladies Jackie Kennedy and Barbara Bush (their infamous pearl necklaces) as well as statement pieces for a couple of British royalty and Hollywood legends. He has been selling jewelry on QVC for around 15 years and he and his assistant always tell the history of each piece he has replicated. His pieces are always in Vogue and other publications and he is very known for the animal jewelry (zebra, leopard, panther, elephant cuffs especially). He is very talented and I highly recommend his jewelry lines.

  • Christina

    I’m not much of a yellow gold wearer either, but that first one looks really cute! Just wondering…do you know of a company or store that makes bangles for us slender-wristed gals? Or just smaller than the average size? I swear, every “one size” bangle or cuff I try on just falls off my arm. Also I have a suggestion for an upcoming Insomniac post: tights. Patterned, opaque, sweater, and for petite ladies too! I love tights but can never find any that fit my 5′ 2″, short torso-ed frame.

    • Sal
      • Val C-MN

        If you do choose to wear a rolo bracelet like the first photo or a link bracelet (can be round or flat oval links), then those are really adjustable to fit any length you desire. Instead of fastening in the last “o” link (traditional way of closing the bracelet), then you can fasten the bracelets in any part of the chain. For the excess link that results afterward, you can hang a charm to dangle either underneath the wrist or turn the charm/excess link to the top of the wrist to dangle. That was a quick fix I often told “small-wrist” customers about.

        If you do buy a bracelet, do an online search for 6″ or 6 1/2 – 6 3/4″ bracelets. If you want to buy a cuff, do an online search for cuffs in a small and especially for cuffs with a hinge. The purpose of that hinge is to stop the cuff from twirling (making the weight more equal over the width of the wrist) and to securely stay with very little movement.

        Expansion bracelets work well for the small-wrists, too. The expansion tends to be a little tighter at first and since you don’t have to stretch the bracelet much to slide over the hand/wrist, then those bracelets tend to keep their shape very well and have little to no slide effect.

        Sal knows a lot of online independent sellers to recommend. I know the cable shopping online places (QVC, HSN, and Shop NBC). If you chose those, then you will find lots of options for small wrists: do a search for small bracelets/cuffs or for 6 – 6 3/4″ bracelets.

        Also, if you do buy silver or gold chain bracelets – depending on the link – I have known customers who took the jewelry to a jewelry store or counter (like JCPenney’s, Macy’s, or independent jeweler) to get the bracelets shortened…depending on the cost of the repair.

        Good luck!

  • Christina

    Awesome! Thanks, Sal!

  • Marlee

    Cool post! I got a great bangle from Etsy recently, in fact. How about doing a feature on unique scarves? Like patterns and interesting fabrics or colors? That would be awesome, thanks.

  • Thanks for the great information! I needed the links for locating out-of-town thrift stores and finding bracelets for skinny wrists 🙂

  • Ooooh great article I’m a big fan of Chunky Jewellery it’s normally affordable but a great way to update you wardrobe. Great minds think alike I also recently blogged about Chunky Bracelets too. Think my favourite is the jennifer lopez one you’ve featured.