Is there a
better way to accent a well-turned ankle than with a slender, silver
chain? Anklets and ankle bracelets are another popular style of foot
jewelry that originated in the Middle East, though ankle jewelry has
been worn throughout history in many societies. Dancers in the
Pacific Rim islands often wore anklets of small shells and coins when
they performed, for instance, to accentuate the rhythm of their
dancing. In India, anklets were worn by unmarried women to call
attention to their feet. Interestingly, in Islam a woman is forbidden
from publicly wearing jewelry that is designed to attract male
attention by making a sound, including anklets with charms and tiny
bells on them.
the delicate ringing sound they make, or the way that they call
attention to lovely feet, anklets have long had a reputation as
'sexy' jewelry. While most anklets are made of precious metals, you
can find beautiful and unique ankle jewelry in leather or rope. And
while there's no established rhyme or reason to which ankle you
adorn, a survey in the UK a few years ago found that nearly 90% of
those that wear anklets wear them on the right side.
One of the
most unique and captivating foot jewelry styles is the slave anklet.
Much like a slave bracelet designed for the hand and finger, a slave
anklet is a toe ring and anklet connected by a fine chain that drapes
over the top of the foot.
choose a toe ring to accent a delicious new pedicure or emphasize
your dainty toes, you're joining a long line of beautiful women.
Jewelry that adorns the feet has been worn since at least the time of
the Egyptians. Toe rings have been popular in the western world since
the mid-1960s, when travelers to India and the Middle East brought
the fashion back to the United States with them. For some Hindu
women, though, a toe ring is more than just an ornament. It is her
wedding ring, and symbolizes the sacredness of the marital bond.
Toe rings come
into their own in warm weather, when bare feet and sandals make their
appearance. Most often seen in silver or gold in their native
country, toe rings may be made of almost any material these days.
Ornamented with diamonds and precious gems, a toe ring can be a
unique statement of love, but some of the most fun and kicky pieces
are created from snug, stretchy rubber/acrylic. Bright colors, quirky
shapes and unusual materials can make a toe ring a slightly offbeat
and fun accessory to wear with your bathing suit or for a dressy
evening out with a pair of open toed shoes.
Toe rings are
most often sized to fit one of the middle toes, but some
manufacturers are creating jewelry especially for the big toe now.
Flat bands of metal, plastic or other material will be perfectly at
home no matter what footwear you sport, but if your toe ring has a
stone or other ornament set in it, you'll want to only wear it with
open toed shoes.