Anklets from East to West

Decorating the body literally dates back centuries. Items such as necklaces, bracelets and rings have always been used by both sexes. Jewellery such as the ankle bracelet might just be for decoration, or it might have specific societal and cultural meaning.

Today, jewellery is mostly associated with women but men do also wear many items. Types of jewellery can be worn nearly everywhere on the body and range from simple chains to exceptionally rare pieces. Currently, the anklet, which has been around for millennia is making a comeback

Not the first place most people would consider placing jewellery, the ankle is a great place for decoration as the foot will keep the jewellery in the same place, and many describe the ankle as very similar to the wrist in this respect. In the East, anklets are common, in India both men and women wear them, although they are more popular with women.

The UK, however, sees the anklet as a much more modern fashion idea. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that small chains appeared on ankles. In the past, Eastern cultures tended not to wear shoes and therefore expose the ankle, but in the West, the ankles were covered. Therefore it was only more recently that decorating the ankle became a consideration in the West.

As with all jewellery, anklets come in all different forms and types. Some are made with string, other with chains. Where in India bells are often attached the West has chosen to attach charms. Whatever the style of the anklet, it is sure to draw attention to the foot. Jewellery is widely regarded as a reflection of the personality of the person wearing it and while many people may overlook the ankle as a place to have jewellery, it is a part of the body that can be alluring.