The Armills (from the Latin: armillae) are a type of bracelet, part of the regalia. Symbolically known as "the bracelets of wisdom and sincerity", they are interpreted as a token of God's protection, and in modernity are a symbol of the bond which unites the sovereign and her subjects.
Armills have been used in many coronations, the oldest surviving in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are those of King Charles II, and the newest were created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The Elizabeth II Armills were presented to the Queen by the governments of various Commonwealth nations and are made of 22 carat gold lined with crimson velvet.
The term "armill" has also historically been used to mean a type of silken stole fastened to the arms, however in the United Kingdom it is used to refer to the regalia bracelets.
An ultra exclusive modern interpretation of the historical bracelets was introduced in 2015 by the British jewellery brand Christophe & Co and integrates Haute Joaillerie with exotic contemporary materials and a wearable technology element in the form of a limited edition men's cuff bracelet.
- The Coronation Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, CUP Archive, ISBN 1-00-128823-8, p. 31-32.
- Walter Thornbury (1878), "WESTMINSTER ABBEY.—HISTORICAL CEREMONIES, &c.", Old and New London (Centre for Metropolitan History) 3: 401–411
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