An armlet (or “armilla”) is a bracelet that is designed to be worn on the upper arm or bicep (upper arm muscle). They have been a common jewelry form since ancient times in many civilizations. Armlets have been found in Etruscan tombs and were given to soldiers of the Roman Empire to be worn as a military decoration. This type of bracelet was also popular during the neoclassical era and continues to enjoy limited popularity into the 21st century.

Queen Louise of Prussia in Typical Neoclassical Dress with Diadem, Armlet and Shoulder Brooch. By Jozef Maria Grassi, 1802.

Victorian Era Armlet.
Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s.