Style Snapshot: Men's Trend--Power Bracelets

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by Leslie McLane, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Men's accessories have a unique double identity lately. From the red carpet to big name luxury brands, men are pairing expensive wrist wear, such as a Rolex watch, with simple gemstone stretch bracelets referred to as power bracelets. These power bracelets have been spotted with formal suits, business attire and everyday casual wear, making them a powerhouse of a men's jewelry trend.

T-Drilled Beads What are Power Bracelets?

Power bracelets are a fairly simple design of beads strung on stretchy cord such as Powercord®. Bead types are often gemstone, though wood, lotus seed and bone are also common. Bracelets are made with a certain amount of beads: 18, 21 or 27. Larger varieties that end up with a wrapped look can consist of 54 or 108 beads. At the end of the strand there is a special T-drilled round bead and ribbed cone called the focus bead or guru bead.

Why are They Called Power Bracelets?

Power bracelets are inspired by mala bracelets or wrist malas. Originating from one of the world's oldest religions, Hinduism, mala bracelets have been adopted and adapted to other religions, including Buddhism and Sikhism. The bracelets have also developed a connection with yoga, inspiring wearers to focus on health and balance in all aspects of their lives.

The beads on mala bracelets are most often used for prayer or meditation such as japa, which is repetitive mantra chanting. Using these bracelets to meditate is said to improve patience, reduce stress and raise the wearer's energy. The beads make it easy to focus on what you're saying without having to keep count of how many times you've said it. Using your middle and index fingers of your right hand, starting at the guru bead, use your thumb to automatically count each bead pulling it toward you as you recite your mantra. Once you reach the guru bead again, you're done or you can reverse direction and begin again. Some mala and power bracelets have a tassel attached, which represents enlightenment.
Style Snapshot: Men's Trend--Power Bracelets

Choose Your Materials

The materials of power bracelets are sometimes chosen because of potential metaphysical properties associated with the stone. Agate is said to be a grounding stone, rose quartz promotes acceptance and romance, tigereye improves overall balance, carnelian boosts confidence, etc. Learn more about the individual metaphysical properties of each stone by finding your favorites in our Gem Notes resource.

Color can also play a large role in power bracelet design. In the psychology behind color theory, it's said every hue evokes an emotional response. While color preferences are unique to each individual, there are general color associations in design, such as: blue representing calmness, green for healing, red for passion and more. Discover the different color messages in order to pick the best power bracelet color for you or your customers by referencing the article The Power of Color in Jewelry.

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Namaste Components Design Benefits

Power bracelets do not have clasps, making them a cinch to slide off and on for the man on the go. The versatile bracelets can be worn just one at a time, one on each wrist or even stacked. It's not uncommon to add a coin or charm with a cultural symbol such as the Om, Fatima hand, word "Namaste" or any others on the tassel off the guru bead.

The look is simple and laidback, but with a deeper cultural background that instills a touch of reverence. Power bracelets ground the wearer, providing him with a unique juxtaposition of the well-dressed modern man with an individual conscious of self. The bracelets remind him of his desire for improvement as well as his own strengths whether or not he believes the material or color will amplify them.

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