Slave bracelet history is harder to find than you would imagine. I scoured the interwebs and this is what I came up with.

Why is a bracelet with a ring attached called a Slave Bracelet?

Slave Bracelet History: Pink Pearl Bracelet with Ring So as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had a thing for slave bracelets for a very long time. But I never knew why they were called that.

I also had a really tough time finding the answer. It was believed in some circles that they got their name because of their popularity among the BDSM community, but this is not the case according to slave bracelet history.

Slave bracelets have been around for quite a long time, they first became popular among the Indian community, and first showed up in North America when they became popular with the 20’s flapper subculture.

They enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in the 70’s as well, when the term “hand flower” was also coined to describe them in an attempt to avoid the connotations of subservience and/or servitude conjured by their original name.

In fact, the term “slave bracelet” has nothing to do with actual slavery. The unusual piece of jewellery was so called simply because the bracelet and ring are attached to one another, and therefore the ring is a “slave” to the bracelet and vice versa.

Slave Bracelet History: Rhodium with Ring
Slave bracelet history shows the most common modern slave bracelets are made with chain maille, and are very popular at renaissance fairs and medieval re-enactments, as well as with the Gothic community.

They usually consist of various European weaves, most commonly the European 4 in 1, in a triangular pattern from the wrist and attached to a smaller chain, or sometimes multiple chains to be worn around the fingers.

Other slave bracelets popular in modern culture consist of a thick metal cuff with large adornments, attached to a large ring with a matching adornment, such as a spider, snake or dragon.

More feminine types of slave bracelets have been increasingly difficult to find, which is why I began making them myself. No reason unusual jewelry can’t be pretty too!

I’ll keep my eyes out for more slave bracelet history, the pictures in this article are two great pictures of my work.

If you’re done reading about slave bracelet history… check out my other hand made slave bracelets here 🙂

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Robby September 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Do you mean East Indians or native Americans who started the slave braclets.?.


Jen September 2, 2013 at 1:13 am

Hi Robby,
As far as I’m aware, they originated in India 🙂


jennifer January 20, 2014 at 3:16 am

i realy want to have this


Jen January 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks! You can find all the slave bracelets I have available at I’m also happy to make a custom piece for you if you don’t find what you’re looking for there 🙂


Danelle Wallace March 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm


I just bought the slave bracelet and I like it. I would like to find a bracelet or have one made that is real 14K gold or silver.. Do you know where I could find that?


Jen March 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Hi Danelle!

I do have sterling silver wire on hand, so I could make a similar one for you in that for $65. The Celtic beads are not available in sterling, but I could do a similar design without those if you like. Let me know what you think!



LesLorena June 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

I (once) had a Slave Braclet with a Unicorn. Is there anyway U can create one??/


Jen June 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Possibly, I’ll have to see if I can find a unicorn bead. Would you prefer the chain or cuff style?


pinky April 22, 2015 at 5:30 am

you make beautiful jewlery. the first time i ever saw the “slave bracelet” i was a young girl at an outdoor event..with my parents somekind of festival…regardless, this beatiful biker chick with her leather vest and leather hot pants and her shiney silver terquious slave braclete…i couldnt stop starring and as she jumped on the back of her dudes harley…that was it, i was sold. on that whole look…since then, the only other time i see slave bracletes is at biker events…and so on…but when i wear mine…its always the main conversation…i see few like mine that i finally got at 43 now…and a biker…so i wanted to add to your history maybe…love your work.


Jen April 22, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Hi Pinky,

I think I was about 16 when I got my first one too 🙂 LOVE your story, thank you so much for sharing!



Bonnie Morningstar October 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm

I have made a slave bracelet which is very pretty Alicia from you tube had a tutorial.
I could send you a pic but nowhere to attach to the comment.


Jen October 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Hi Bonnie,
I’d love to see it! You can submit a pic to me by email, it’s
If you’re interested, I also have a tutorial on YouTube for my Swarovski crystal slave bracelets, you can find it here:


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