Back when I was in junior high school, my mother gave me a gold ID bracelet with my name on it. Back then all the girls were wearing engraved bracelets, so I thought it was the best present ever. Though I lost it a long time ago, I can still picture it very clearly -- and it makes me wonder if kids still wear those things today. Even if they don't, I'm sure there's still a big market for these products. After all, why would engraved bracelets ever go out of style?

Come to think of it, I have a lot of friends that wear engraved bracelets of one kind or another. No, they aren't the ID-type that was big in middle school; they're a bit more sophisticated than that to match our adult tastes. For instance, one of my girlfriends has an absolutely stunning tennis bracelet with a bunch of diamonds that sparkle brilliantly in the sunlight. The inside contains a sweet message from her husband, indicating that the bauble was a 10th anniversary present. My own 10-year anniversary is coming up soon, so I can only hope that I'll get something similar from my husband. Seriously, if you're a man, you can't go wrong giving that kind of gift!

Engraved bracelets for couples are another popular jewelry option these days. A couples bracelet features your name as well as that of your sweetie, and perhaps an important date -- such as your wedding date or the day that you first met. A few of my friends have these. I think they're cute, but probably not something I would wear. Stuff like that is better left to the younger crowd, if you ask me.

Speaking of the younger crowd, I've noticed that these days most kids prefer wearing engraved bracelets made of rubber or silicone to those made of gold or silver. You know what I'm talking about, right? I believe Lance Armstrong started the trend with his "Livestrong" wristbands, and things took off from there. One reason they're so popular even today is that they're unisex. Boys don't mind wearing them, which just broadens the appeal. Now those engraved bracelets are used for a variety of purposes, including showing support for certain causes (such as cancer research) or allegiance to certain schools or sports teams. I've even seen those rubber wristbands handed out as promotional gifts from a few different companies. That's a pretty good way to advertise.

Anyway, all this talk about engraved bracelets is making me a bit nostalgic for something like I had way back when. I might start checking out a few current styles at online jewelry stores to see if anything catches my eye. What can I say, at least this is pretty tame as far as midlife crises go!