Rubber bracelets were first worn in the 1970s. They served as a punk rock fashion during those times. They were developed to prove that people can wear accessories which are not expensive, as opposed to silver, gold, and platinum accessories.
Custom rubber bracelets are also perfect when it comes to making statements. During the 1980s, famous celebrities began wearing them on their concerts and television appearances. Rubber bracelets are actually made of silicone. They were called rubber bracelets because they are rubberized or stretchable.
These accessories are considered as novelty items. They are fun items so they easily gain the public interest.
The First Custom Rubber Bracelets
In the 1990s, people started making their own rubber bracelets. They would take out the thick rubber bands which are wrapped around different vegetables like broccoli and asparagus at grocery stores, and wear them around their wrists. This act drew the attention of business people which lead to the development of customized rubber bracelets.
Companies created their own versions of rubber bands. They incorporated statements or sayings on the surface of the bracelets. Some companies used these accessories to market their brands and products.
These rubber bracelets, however, did not last in the market. Because they were really made of rubbers, consumers feel uncomfortable wearing them over time. The bracelets have the tendency to snap, get stuck on the wearer’s skin, or even cause allergic reaction.
In the late 1990s, Jelly bracelets were introduced in the market. They are the replacement for the failed rubber bracelets. Jelly bracelet became popular because of an urban legend associated with its name. Others referred Jelly bracelets as Sex bracelets because of the story.
It was said that Sex bracelets come in different codes which represent different sexual acts. When someone snaps off the bracelet of the person wearing it, the wearer has to perform the sexual act that his/her bracelet symbolizes. Jelly bracelets were then trendy among youth so the rumor had scared a lot of parents. Because of that, the bracelets were banned in many schools.
The rumor eventually died down for it was never proven. Sex bracelets also eventually disappeared in the market.
Rubber Bracelets for a Cause
In 2004, Lance Armstrong and a well established sports equipment brand, worked hand-in-hand to create LiveStrong yellow bracelets. “Live Strong,” is the motto of Armstrong’s foundation for cancer research. These rubber bracelets are of a good cause. The bracelets were sold for 1 dollar each. All of the proceeds, which are over 28 million dollars, went to the cancer research.
Due to the success of LiveStrong bracelets, many charities and foundations mimic what Armstrong had started. Even nowadays, rubber bracelets were known to have a cause. They are now popular with many different colors, designs, and styles.
Different Variations of Custom Rubber Bracelets
Rubber bracelets fall under the category of wristbands. Other wristbands are made of paper and leather. Wristbands are widely used by different organizations. They are also used as promotional products. For some, they simply act as an accessory that accentuates the wearer’s style and personality.
• Plain Rubber Bracelets
Rubber bracelets are also referred as silicone bracelets or silicone wristbands. They are trendy nowadays to people of all ages. These accessories are colorful, affordable, durable, and comfortable to wear. Plain rubber bracelets are those which feature one or two striking colors. The most popular are red, pink, yellow, and black.
Yellow rubber bracelets became popular because of Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong bracelets. Pink rubber bracelets are known to represent the supporters of women battling with breast cancer. Plain rubber bracelets are the most famous among all the variations of rubber bracelets.
• Patterned Rubber Bracelets
These bracelets feature different patterns such as swirl, checkered, stripes, camouflage, and marbled. Consumers have different color combinations to pick. Patterned rubber bracelets will make the wearer stand out among a group of crowd.
• Glowing Rubber Bracelets
These variations are glow in the dark. They are most popular to children as they are fun to wear. They are also used in concerts and different gatherings held at night time. Glowing rubber bracelets also come in various colors.
• Imprinted Rubber Bracelets
To imprint custom rubber bracelets, manufacturers employ the use of screen printing. Any design and text can be printed on a rubber bracelet. Buyers offer both ready-made printed bracelets and personalized printed bracelets. For the latter, they let the customers pick the designs they want to be attached on the bracelets.
Imprinted rubber bracelets are really useful in marketing campaigns. Companies imprint their brand name on the bracelets, and then they give them away to possible consumers.
• Engraved Rubber Bracelets
These bracelets are essentially the same as imprinted rubber bracelets. The only difference is that here, the designs are engraved. Manufacturers used colored liquid silicone for this type. They create a mould on where they would pour the liquid silicone. Engraved rubber bracelets are great for customization. You can have your name engraved on your own rubber bracelet.
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