Bracelet (Old French, connected with bras, arm), an ornamental ring or band for the wrist, usually of gold or silver, sometimes set with gems. A common variety is the Bangle (q.v.). Such bracelets, as well as anklets, were worn by the ancient Persian kings and nobles. Greek and Roman ladies frequently wore bracelets, as did Roman men under the empire occasionally, and they were sometimes conferred on soldiers as a decoration for valour. Both Greek and Roman bracelets were often of a snake form. Among the Kelts bracelets were often worn by men. Ironically, the term is sometimes applied to handcuffs.