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The Allure of the Anklet – From Boho to Chic

by Carathea
The Allure of the Anklet – From Boho to Chic

The Beautiful Anklet

Although ankle chains can and are worn all the year round, it is undeniable that during the summer months the popularity of anklets really gets in to full swing. 

 

Style

The ultimate in accessorising, the anklet, or ankle bracelet as they are sometimes called, are very alluring. 

With a certain bohemian quality about them, anklets can look both casual in a relaxed beach-party-look kind of way but shouldn’t be underestimated as they can be dressed up for a much more formal occasion with a simple, but elegant, design.

Ankles have always been considered a very alluring part of the female body. In Victorian times, it was very tantalising for a lady to show her ankle and they would, very occasionally, be glimpsed under the hem of her long dress or skirt.  

 

History

Anklets, along with toe rings, were originally worn in India.  They also adorned ladies in Egypt, where the fashion lasted for centuries.  They were crafted in gold or silver with gemstones for the wealthy or made in leather and shells for the lower classes and continued to be worn until more recent times when Islam regarded them as being immodest. 

Belly dancers in the East wore anklets with other jewellery as a way of enhancing their art of dancing – the charms and bells added to their ankle chains added a beautiful sound as they moved and swayed in their dance.  

In South East Asia anklets were sometimes worn on both ankles attached with a connecting chain thereby limiting the length of the stride, the idea being that smaller steps appeared more feminine and demure. 

Ankle chains were introduced into western culture in the 1970’s and were very much a bohemian fashion statement.  

As the decades have rolled on, anklets have become more accepted with all styles of dress and the material used reflects this – 9ct gold and simple designs are used for more formal, dressier wear whilst multiple strands, charms, colours and dangles are suited to more casual wear.

How to Style An Anklet

Jewellery has always been worn to draw attention to the most desirable parts of our body, with the ankle being no exception. 

A delicate chain with or without a little bit of sparkle, or an anklet with a dangling charm or two, can really catch the eye and a beautiful way to finish an outfit. 

Anklets look very pretty with skirts, shorts, or cropped trousers either with flat pumps, high heels or strappy sandals.  The only consideration is, in very high heels, the anklet may sit in the crease of your ankle as your foot is forced into a more pointed position, so do watch out for this as it may be uncomfortable. 

The only time it is not advisable to wear an anklet is with tights or stockings, where they can easily snag the fine material. 

Match your outfit with the style of anklets on offer – an ankle with many ‘dangles’ will be suited to more casual wear.  Simple but very elegant anklets look super even with the most glamorous of outfits.  

As with any jewellery, if you have cooler skin tones we recommend going for a silver anklet, for those with warmer or golden skin tones the warmer-looking yellow or rose gold will suit.

We sell many anklets in both sterling silver and 9 carat gold, although silver anklets are less costly than gold pieces.

Slim ankles will suit finer chains with delicate charms, heavier ankles can take a wider anklet with larger charms. 

On Which Ankle Should You Wear An Anklet?

Rather absurdly, when anklets were first introduced in the west it was said that wearing an anklet on the right foot indicated being a Call Girl!  Others believe it signified being a lesbian.  Yet others still stated that it meant you were in a relationship and that, if you wore your ankle chain on the left foot, that it meant you were single and ‘available’.   

How confusing!!  Luckily,  these beliefs have all but disappeared now and absolutely anything goes – there are no rules that you should to know about before you wear one. 

Many ladies find that wearing the anklet on the left leg carries a more “balanced” look if she is wearing bracelets on the right wrist. 

Below are a few of the anklets we keep in stock.

9ct Gold Anklets

Gold Spiga Ankle Chain

A simple, smooth chain like this Spiga chain anklet looks fabulous and very elegant on and can be worn with even the smartest outfit. 

 

 

9ct Gold Spigea Chain Anklet
9ct Gold Spigea Chain Anklet

Gold Box Chain Anklet

A box chain is beautiful and tactile with the box shape catching the light and causing it to glint as the wearer walks.  

Not too obvious, but very pretty and elegant. 

9ct Gold Box Chain Anklet
9ct Gold Box Chain Anklet

Gold Singapore Twist Ankle Chain

This fabulous anklet gives of a lot of sparkle!  The stunning twist to a singapore chain catches the light constantly – a little chain can create quite a show.  Simply beautiful and very elegant. 

9ct Gold Singapore Twist Chain Anklet
Gold Singapore Twist Ankle Chain

Sterling Silver Anklets

Silver Anklet with Swarovski beads and CZ dangle

A pretty silver anklet with swarovski beads and a crystal dangle to add a bit of sparkle to your ankle. 

Silver Anklet with Swarovski Crystal

Silver Anklet with Open Heart Slider

Here is a dainty little ankle chain made up of a silver chain with a delightful addition of an open heart slider. 

Silver Anklet with Slip-On Heart
Silver Anklet with Slip-On Heart

Silver Box Chain Anklet with Intermittent Balls

This is a  gorgeous silver ankle chain – this time in a smooth box chain with balls intermittently spaced along the chain. This lovely chain scintillates as the box chain turns and catches the light on movement.

Silver Box Chain Anklet with Balls
Silver Box Chain Anklet with Balls

Silver Ankle Chain with alternate Beads and Moon Shapes

The unusual design of alternative moon shape beads and round beads on this anklet  will look fabulous all the year around. 

Silver Cut-Out Moon and Bead Anklet

Beaded Anklet with Intermittent Balls

A fabulous and easy-to-wear ankle chain in either sterling silver, rose gold vermeil (rose gold on sterling silver) or yellow gold vermeil (yellow gold on sterling silver).  The beaded chain has balls spaced intermittently along the length of the chain. 

Rose Gold beaded anklet with intermittent balls
Rose Gold Vermeil Beaded Anklet
Silver Beaded Anklet with Intermittent Balls
Silver Beaded Anklet with Intermittent Balls
Gold vermeil beaded anklet with balls along the chain
Yellow Gold Vermeil Beaded Anklet

 

 

 

Double-Stranded Anklet with Heart Dangle Charm

A lovely silver ankle chain with plenty to look at.  A puffed heart charm dangle hangs from the double-stranded chain with also had balls spaced along the chain. 

Very eye-catching and pretty! 

Silver Double-Chain Beaded Anklet with Heart Charm
Silver Double-Strand Beaded Anklet with Heart Charm Dangle

In Summary

So, as you can see, there are still lots of options even if you don’t feel that a bohemian-style ankle bracelet is your thing.  There are styles to suit any occasion and every taste.  Anyone  who has fancied wearing an anklet but in a much more dressy, upmarket way, now can – the choice is wide and varied. 

Do drop us a comment below.  Let us know what is the prettiest style anklet you’ve seen. You never know, we may try and find some to stock. 

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