Why is Indian jewelry in demand

Jewelry: bracelets / bangles

Bracelets are among the most popular jewelry and fashion accessories of today. Yet they are also home to a long history and tradition in many different cultures. Bracelets come in a wide variety of shapes, designs and colors, made from a wide variety of materials and studded with pendants, precious stones or other decorations.

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Although the term bangle is technically similar, it is used to describe an item worn on the upper arm: an arm ring. The origin of the term “bracelet” comes from the Greek “brachile”, which means “from the arm”, and from the old French “barcel”. A bracelet is also a small bracket or armguard (an armguard is used by archers).

Bangles - made from seashells, copper, bronze, gold, agate, chalcedony, etc. - have been excavated at several archaeological sites across India. The figure of a dancing girl wearing bracelets was excavated near Mohenjo-Daro (2600 BC). Other early examples of bracelets in India include copper pieces from the excavations in Mahurjhari - closely followed by the decorated bracelets of the Mauryan Empire (322-185 BC) and the gold bracelet pieces from the historic site of Taxila (6th century BC). Century BC). Decorated shell bracelets have also been unearthed at several Mauryan sites. Other decorations on the tires included copper rivets and gold leaf inlays.


Cultural meaning

The history of Egyptian bracelets goes back to 5000 BC. BC back. They started with materials such as bones, stones and woods that served religious and spiritual interests. From the National Geographic Society, the scarab bracelet is one of the most recognizable symbols of ancient Egypt. The scarab represented rebirth and renewal. Carved scarabs were worn as jewelry and also wrapped in the linen bandages of mummies. A myth has it that the scarab god Khepri pushed the sun across the sky.

In 2008, Russian archaeologists from the Novosibirsk Institute of Archeology and Ethnology, who were working on the site of the Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia, discovered a small piece of bone from the fifth finger of a juvenile hominid called "X Woman" (with reference to the maternal ancestry of mitochondrial DNA [1]) or the Denisova hominids. Artifacts, including a bracelet, that were excavated in the cave at the same elevation, were discovered by the carbon method to the time around 40,000 BC. Dated.

In Bulgaria there is a tradition called martenitsa, which involves tying a red and white string around the wrist to please Baba Marta for an earlier spring.

A similar tradition exists in Greece, where a bracelet is woven from red and white threads on the first day of March and worn until the end of summer. This tradition is called "Martis" and is supposed to protect the wearer's skin from the strong Greek sun.

In some parts of India, the number and type of bracelets a woman has are indicative of her marital status.

In Latin America, Azabache bracelets are worn to protect against the “Mal de Ojo” or “evil eyes” in German. The evil eye is believed to be triggered due to excessive admiration or envious glances from others. If newborns wear an azabache (a gold bracelet or necklace with a black or coral-red amulet in the shape of a fist), it is believed that this will protect them from the evil eye.



A bracelet is a piece of jewelry that is worn around the wrist. Bracelets can be made of metal, leather, fabric, plastic, or other materials, and sometimes contain stones, wood, shells, crystals or pearls, and many other materials. Bracelets are also used for medical and identification purposes, such as allergy bracelets and patient identification bracelets, and also bracelets for newborn babies. In many cultures, especially in South Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, bangles have evolved into many types that are worn on different occasions.

There are two basic types of bangles: a solid cylinder and a split, cylindrical bangle with a spring clasp. The primary differentiators for this are the materials that are used to make the bracelets. These can be glass, jade, metal, lac, and even rubber or plastic.

One factor that is added to the price of the bangle is the artifacts, or the work that is still being done on the metal. This includes embroidery, small pieces of glass or paintings, or even small pendants that attach to the bangle. The rarity of a color and its unique value also add to its price. Lac bracelets are among the oldest bracelets. Lac is a clay-like material that is formed into bracelets in places like hot ovens.

Today there are also many cheap bracelets that are popular fashion and jewelry accessories. The trend is changing from narrow and subtle bracelets to wide and eye-catching bangles in bright colors. Often these bracelets or bangles are made of rubber or plastic. But silver and gold bracelets are also in great demand.


Charm bracelet

A charm bracelet is a piece of jewelry that is worn around the wrist. Decorative pendants or pieces of jewelry are hung on it, which symbolize the most important things in the life of the wearer. While traditional pendants dangle from it, the unique Italian pieces are soldered flat onto the surface of the connector. Charm bracelets are collector's items, because the individual pendants are gradually collected (bought yourself or given as a gift).

Gossip bracelets

In the late 1980s and early 1990s there was a popular fad called "gossip bracelets". These are flat metal strips covered with felt that wrap around the wrist when you tap them lightly on the arm. Often adorned with neon colors and vivid graphics, these bracelets could be purchased from retailers at low prices. It was rumored that "gossip bracelets" caused bleeding and stab wounds, and thus they went out of style.

Pearl bracelet

These are made from loose beads with a hole in the middle and connected to each other by a piece of string or rubber band through the holes. Pearl bracelets never really go out of style and are always a popular fashion accessory, especially on festive occasions. Pearl bracelets are often combined with a matching pearl necklace.

Bracelets with connectors

These bracelets are made from connecting or linking components or pieces of jewelry. Link bracelets can be made from a variety of materials, such as metals and precious stones.

Alternative health bracelets

Alternative health bracelets, such as karma bracelets, ionized bracelets, magnetic bracelets, force balance hologram bracelets, etc., are a separate group - not only because of their design, but also because of their supposedly beneficial functions. Karma bracelets are made of wooden beads and can contain various pendants. They are associated with good luck and good karma for those who carry them.

Sports bracelets

The use of colored silicone rubber as a material for making sports bracelets has been popularized since May 2003 with the Yellow Lifestrong bracelet from Nike and Lance Armstrong.[3] The success of these silicone bracelets made them an expensive tool for various awareness, information and charity campaigns. This can be compared to the ribbons of awareness for similar purposes. These bracelets are also known as "baller identification bands", "wrist bands" or "balling bands".



Rigid bracelets are usually made of metal, wood, or plastic and are known as bangles. They can be smooth, textured or set with stones. In India, glass bangles are common. They are made of ordinary glass and usually several are worn at once, so that arm movements create a sound like the clink of a wind chimes. In India, it is also common for young children to wear thin gold rings on their hands and ankles.[2]

Bangles (also known as churi or choodi) are traditional ornaments worn mainly by South Asian women in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is tradition that the bride tries to wear as many small glass bangles as possible to her wedding and the honeymoon does not end until the last bangle breaks. Bangles also have very traditional value in Hinduism and it is considered ominous for a married woman not to wear a bracelet. Infants to older women can wear any type of bracelet. Gold or silver bangles are preferred for toddlers.

Some men wear a single bracelet on their arm or wrist called a kada or kara. In Sikhism, the father of a Sikh bride gives the groom a gold ring, a kara (steel or iron bracelet) and a mohra. Chooda is a type of bracelet worn by Punjabi women on their wedding day. It is a series of white and red bangles with stone work. According to tradition, a woman shouldn't buy the bangles she wears. Hyderabad in Pakistan is the world's largest producer of bangles. While Moradabad is India's largest producer of bangles.



Origins in India

Bangles are circular and, unlike bracelets, are not flexible. The word comes from the Hindi bungri (glass). They are made from numerous noble and non-noble materials such as gold, silver, platinum, glass, wood, metals, plastic, etc. White bangles made from seashells are worn by married Bengali and Oriya Hindu women. A special type of bracelet is worn by women and girls, especially in the Bengal region, which are commonly known as "Bengali bracelets" and replace the expensive gold bracelets. They are made with the thermo-mechanical fusion of thin gold layers (weight varies between 1 to 3 grams) on a bronze bracelet. This fused gold strip is then processed manually.

Bangles are part of traditional Indian jewelry. They are usually worn in pairs by women, one or more on each arm. Most Indian women prefer to wear either gold or glass bangles, or a combination of both. Inexpensive plastic bangles are slowly replacing these glass bangles, but the glass ones are still preferred for traditional occasions like weddings and festivals.

The designs range from simple to intricate handcrafted designs that are often set with precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, precious stones, and pearls. Sets of expensive bangles made of gold and silver create a clinking sound. The imitations create a rather tinny sound when the arm is moved.

Modern design

The origins of the bangles are in India, but bangles and bracelets are popular fashion accessories in almost all parts of the world. The designs are very diverse and vary depending on the fashion trend. Leather bracelets, charm bracelets, Pandora charms, bright colors or subtle bracelets: the range and selection is immense. Bracelets are also popularly made in line with the DIY trend (Di it yourself).



Bracelets are very suitable for creating individual and personalized jewelry. One possibility, for example, is to collect various pendants and figures, just like the charm bracelet. Or you can make bracelets yourself. Even if these bracelets cannot be made of all materials, you can make your own bracelets from fabric, plastic or pearls.



[1] Phillips, Tom (2008-05-10). "The country of the future finally arrives". The Guardian (London).
[2] "Bangles". Tamilnadu.com. 04 March 2013
[3] www.marketwatch.com