Wristbands and bracelets are very similar and can mean the same thing to some people. They are both worn around people's wrists, however, they're worn for different reasons. Here you will learn what each is and how they're similar and different from each other.
What Is a Wristband?
A wristband is a strip of material worn around the wrist. They come in many different materials, colors/designs, and sizes. They’re commonly used for identification purposes, like identifying guests at events, waterparks, concerts, etc. Wristbands can also be used as a promotional tool since they can be customized. Adding your own logo on a wristband can easily raise awareness for your brand.
Wristbands come in many different materials including Tyvek®, plastic, and vinyl. These are the main materials used for identification purposes since they can only be worn once due to their closures. Tyvek® wristbands have an adhesive closure, while plastic and vinyl have a snap closure. Depending on the use case, it will determine which kind of material you'll need.
In addition to Tyvek®, plastic, and vinyl wristbands, there are also silicone wristbands. This material does not have a closure so this means they aren’t ideal for admission purposes. Since these kinds of wristbands are reusable, many people wear them for fashion purposes. This means that they can be considered bracelets too.
What Is a Bracelet?
You may be wondering “what’s another name for wristband?”. Well, there are a couple of names that a wristband could be called, but the most common is a bracelet. A bracelet is defined as an ornamental band or chain worn on the wrist.
Even though wristbands and bracelets are basically the same, there are some differences. A bracelet is worn as a fashion accessory rather than an identification solution, and a bracelet is usually made out of metals like silver and gold while a wristband it made out of Tyvek®, plastic, vinyl, and silicone.
Like mentioned above, silicone wristbands can be considered bracelets too. Bracelets can be removed/reused just like silicone wristbands, so that's why they fit into the bracelet category.
Is a Wristband Considered Jewelry?
Wristbands aren’t considered jewelry because they’re not made from or contain jewels or precious metals, however, jewelry is a fashion accessory and silicone wristbands can be worn for fashion purposes.
Should You Use the Word Wristband or Bracelet?
Technically it depends on the material. A wristband is usually made out of Tyvek®, plastic, vinyl, silicone, or cloth, while a bracelet is made from metals.
Overall, if you are still wondering "what do you call a wristband?". The answer is a wristband can be called a bracelet since they are very similar. However, a wristband is technically strip of material worn around the wrist (usually made out of Tyvek®, plastic, vinyl, silicone, or cloth) while a bracelet is an ornament/band worn on the wrist (usually made out of metals).