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BanglesBangles are universal fashion accessory being used from the ages by the people of every age. Bangles are part of imitation jewelry, which is related to fashion. The Bangles are ornaments worn by women on their arms and wrists. Bangle bracelet is secured on the wrist by a decorative centerpiece. At the focal point is an oval disc that can be engraved for a personalized gift.

In Sanskrit there is almost lyrical description of the bangle: that cylindrical ornament which adorns the arm. They have been made of many materials and their popularity in India goes back thousands of years. Bangles, the decorative ornaments, have over the centuries acquired a cultural, social and religious significance.

This adornment or ornament was undoubtedly a purely decorative accessory in the pre-vedic era and even in the post-Vedic times until the medieval period. Medieval India gave Hinduism a ornamental twist distorting Vedic concepts and introduced ritualistic beliefs. It was at this stage that the bangle was transformed from a mere decoration to a symbol of marriage. The bangle thus began to gain social significance and ritualistic relevance. Hence, married women usually wear red glass ones, but they must be careful buying them.

Bangles are part of traditional Indian jewelry. In India, bangles are usually worn in pairs, one or more on each arm, and a single bangle is rarely sold. They are made of numerous precious as well as non-precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, glass, wood, ferrous metals, plastic, etc. Most Indian women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles or both in combination. Bangles made from plastic are slowly replacing those made by glass, but the ones made of glass are still preferred at traditional functions such as marriages and at festivals.

Gold bangles are most popular with Indian women. They range from plain and simple to extremely artistic and intricate. They are often studded with precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, gems and pearls.Sets of more expensive bangles that are made from higher quality contents of gold and silver make a substanial jingling sound. In the case of cheap, imitation jewelry, these tend to make a tinny sound (in contrast with a more substantial sound) when jingled.

Normally, a bangle as worn by people around the world is simply an inflexible piece of jewelry worn around the wrist. However, in many cultures, especially in the Arabian Peninsula and in South Asia, bangles have evolved into various types in which different ones are used at different occasions.Glass bangles are mostly produced in only one Indian city called Ferozabad.

The different type of  bangles are sterling silver bangles, gold bangles, diamond bangles, beaded bangles, glass and antique bangles, silver bangles, white gold bangles, fashion bangles, fashion bangles, crystal bangles, magnetic bangles and celtic bangles.

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