Rubber bracelets are also called jelly bracelets in some circles, silicone in others, but they’re all roughly the same thing. They have been around for decades, but the last ten years saw the renewal of their popularity. Coming in various sizes, thickness, elasticity, color, and—perhaps most importantly—messages, these wristbands are the primary go-to product of charities, movements, and fundraising activities of various groups and organizations, not just locally but all around the world. If there’s a cause that needs attention, propagating rubber wristbands that carry its slogan is one of the best and proven ways of to draw people’s awareness towards it. An example of this, one of the most successful campaigns involving rubber bracelets, is the Livestrong yellow band that was put into existence by ex-cyclist Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor. The aim of this movement was to raise attention and funds for cancer research.
The colors of the wristbands that are meant for charity usually have powerful meanings associated with them. For instance, most people already know that pink stands for breast cancer as well as for other diseases suffered mostly by women. Red is usually for heart and blood related concerns, while green almost always stand for the environment. They don’t all come in a single color, though. There are plenty of multi-color bracelets that also carry deep meanings. For example, rainbow colored rubber bracelets may be used to show support for the LGBT community, while those in the colors of their nation’s flag could only mean that the wearer is being patriotic.
Beware, though. Not all meanings attached to wristband colors are wholesome. Schools in various states have prohibited their students from wearing jelly bracelets because these allegedly have sexual meanings. Oftentimes the wearer is unaware of this while those who see them construe the color of the bracelet to be a signal for a specific sexual act that he or she is either prepared to, or have already engaged in. Knowing about the alternate meanings behind the colors of bracelets may be beneficial so you would not be caught unawares. Some of the alleged meanings behind the colors include: hugging and cuddling for yellow, kissing for purple; oral sex are usually in shades of blue, sexual intercourse, meanwhile, is denoted by black.
Ultimately, rubber bracelets and the colors they come in don’t really need to have specific meanings attached in order to be worn. It just happened that using such bracelets was one of the most convenient ways to spread a message, but none of us are under any obligation to have a cause or a secret sexual motive. Some people happen to like the wristbands in and of it, especially as they are accessories that come in colors, textures, and flexibility which they personally prefer. It could even be possible to personalize them further, such that they could carry a message which the bearer specified. It could be a mantra, a quote, or a name—the bottom line is, it would surely be unique to the person who had it made.
It doesn’t stop there. As many others have already done, personalization of rubber bracelets could be taken one step further by converting the creative process into a business. Because it is possible to customize both the message and the design of the wristbands, it is fairly easy to produce an array of unique and attention-grabbing products that could be sold for portions more than the amount spent having them made. This is especially perfect for artistic types of people out there (who also happen to have a knack for business) who are looking to have a profitable outlet for their creativity.