From being utilized as a fashion statement to raising awareness and showing support, these silicone bracelets have a long history attached to them. Throughout the years, different names were used for these bracelets and although they are mostly called rubber bracelets and wristbands nowadays, they are actually made from silicone, making the term silicone bracelets more appropriate.
Following Are The History Silicone Bracelets :
These wristbands first appeared during the 70’s and the trend went on until early 80’s and was initially associated to punk rock. It was a rally against jewelry as the value of the material used in rubber bracelets is nothing compared to gold or silver. However, what is ironic is that what was once used as an anti-fashion statement and a way to rebel against pop culture, eventually wormed its way to mainstream and people from different age groups all over the world started wearing them. Back then, silicone bracelets or rubber bracelets were not the terms used and people simply refer to them as black o-rings and eventually jelly bracelets.
In the 80’s, celebrities started to wear them more and this gave the popularity of these bracelets a boost. Madonna and Cindy Lauper were the reason why this trend was pushed to mainstream popularity as they usually wear ones whenever they perform.
When the 90’s came about, the popularity of these bracelets died down a little before coming back in the late 90’s, now among the youth. This were the years when these rubber bracelets got a bad rep when parents found out that each color a teen wears represent a sexual act they are willing to perform. The game “Snap” came about among middle schoolers and if someone snaps off the bracelet, the person wearing it must be willing to perform the sexual act the color of their bracelet represented.
Although it still was used as a fashion statement, it was during the early 2000’s when it was used to raise awareness. In 2004, Lance Armstrong, a professional road racing cyclist, was the first one to use these bracelets as an awareness band. His foundation released a yellow rubber wristband with the word “Live Strong” imprinted, the motto of Armstrong’s foundation for cancer research.
Ever since it was used to raise awareness by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, one by one different colors of these bands became associated to a particular cause. Pink wristbands were mostly associated to breast cancer awareness. Red bracelets were awareness of different illnesses such as HIV and AIDS, diabetes, heart disease etc.
They were also used to support different sports teams, particularly when it comes to basketball. The wristbands released by Lance Armstrong was actually in partnership with Nike, a footwear manufacturing company mostly associated to sportswear.
Nowadays, many people still wear them for different reasons. Although the trend is not as prominent or popular as it was during the latter years of the 20th century and the early 2000’s, you will still see someone sporting a wristband. There are others who are also into collecting these bands, even stacking them together.
Just recently, loom bands were the new variation of these wristbands. They were created in 2011 by Cheong Choon Ng in Novi, Michigan. However, like all other trends, this one did not last very long and after the peak of its popularity in 2014, the hype eventually died down. Although these loom bands does not look exactly like the silicone bands, they are mostly made from the same material and both were used as a fashion statement.
Even though it is not as famous as it was before, you can still wear wristbands, even order a customized one. We offer quality custom silicone wristbands. Whether it is for your own company or organization or just for personal use, The Wristband Factory will be happy to make these wristbands for you.
Uses of wristbands does not have to stick to how it was once. We can customize rubber bracelets and ballers to use as a giveaway for a birthday party. Or if you are planning to raise awareness for a charity you have set up or support, an eye catching wristband can help in attracting the attention of possible supporters. You can also customize your own silicone bracelets to remember a loved one.
These bracelets are not just a way to support and spread awareness. It cannot only be used as fashion statement. These bracelets can also be a keepsake and can even have a sentimental value. Once again, if you wish to have your own bracelets, just visit our website.