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Each is an item of jewelry that is primarily distinguished by the body part around which it is wrapped. Jewelry is too generic a term, since it would include earrings as well, which are not wrapped around the wearer.

Example:

She preferred the versatility of [blunks], which could be on display as a necklace during dinner, but safely hidden around her ankle or wrist while walking home through the city.

  • Would you include a ring, since that is wrapped around a finger? – Flater Oct 29 '15 at 14:31
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    How about chains? – Peter Shor Oct 29 '15 at 14:44
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    As Peter Shor suggested, "Chains" was my first thought, with the caveat that bangles and chokers would be exceptions to this. – TecBrat Oct 30 '15 at 2:38
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Circlet may work for you; it's a bit shaky, but jewelry houses clearly often use it to refer to pieces intended to be worn as necklaces, and some sources at least define anklets and bracelets as types of circlet.

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    How is this the accepted answer when mine was posted first (and includes the required citation)? – Marv Mills Oct 29 '15 at 15:51
  • Granted, I'm no jeweler, but I've never heard of this usage. I've only ever heard the term "circlet" used as something that goes on top of the head, usually a crown. – Mason Wheeler Oct 29 '15 at 19:25
  • @MarvMills why does it matter? the important thing is that a good answer is accepted. it's up to the asker to determine that. it sounds like you're letting ego get in the way ... – user428517 Oct 29 '15 at 20:30
  • @MarvMills The StackExchange timestamp showed this as being posted prior to yours, which is why I selected it. The changes often propagate unevenly, but the timestamps are preserved correctly. Thanks for the answer, though. – jimm101 Oct 29 '15 at 22:36
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    In my experience a circlet must be of solid construction (not a chain) and is worn on the head like a tiara. – Phil Oct 30 '15 at 0:35
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There is 'circlet'

noun

3 - a ring-shaped ornament, especially for the head.

www.dictionary.com

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  • Since this answer was the first one to post, So, +1 – haha Feb 7 '16 at 3:07
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I don’t know much jewelry terminology (and I don’t know anyone whose wrist and ankle circumferences match that of their neck), but this O’La Vi Jewelry ad might be talking about what you’re asking about and it uses “wraparound” as a single word together with “jewelry” (= “wraparound jewelry”) to describe “[jewelry] that contours to [the] shape ... [of] the trait you wish to emphasize.”

Unless the context was absolutely clear, you’d have to use it together with “jewelry” (so I guess that’s two words) because “wraparound” used by itself would refer to a type of clothing, e.g., skirts. (from Merriam-Webster)

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  • A choker can be looped multiple times around a wrist. – jimm101 Oct 29 '15 at 22:33
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    @jimm101 Ahhh, mystery solved. Thanks so much! – Papa Poule Oct 29 '15 at 22:39
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The term bangle could definitely be used to encompass anklets and bracelets, but perhaps not necklaces. I'm not sure there is a word which describes concisely all three

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  • there is, it's called bling but i don't think it fits here – USER_8675309 Oct 29 '15 at 19:45
  • Bangles can be earrings as well. – TylerH Oct 29 '15 at 21:27
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The word you are looking for is jewelry.

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    The OP explains why jewelry is not a suitable option in the question. – Nathaniel is protesting Oct 30 '15 at 13:12

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