Fashion bangles have had a fascinating journey. From 6th century BC, when they were used as decorative ornaments to the present 21st century, they have not only survived over the centuries but have also managed to become a hot fashion accessory with universal demand.
Archaeologists first discovered the use of bangles in 6th century BC, when bangles made of various materials, such as terracotta, glass, silver, and gold were excavated at several historic sites around India. Studies have revealed that Gold bangles were in use in the Mauryan and Indus Valley Civilizations. It is believed that right up till the era of the Mahabharata, bangles were looked upon as mere decorative ornaments that adorned the wrist. It was in this era however, that a social and cultural importance was attached to the wearing of bangles. Since then, bangles have become synonymous with the marital status of a woman and the social acceptance and sanctity accorded to the institution of marriage. Therefore, while in other parts of the world, fashion bangles are worn as a simple accessory; to the women of India it has immense cultural significance.
So, what is it about this rigid, inflexible bracelet-like accessory that has made it a fashion craze in the world? Quite simply, it offers women a wide range to choose from. Bangles are classified on the basis of the materials used to make them. This alone provides customers with a wide range since bangles are made from just about any material that can be shaped. For instance, bangles can be made of non-precious materials like terracotta, wood, glass and plastic. They can also be made of precious materials like silver, gold, platinum and other metals like brass, copper, bronze and steel. Add to this Gold jewellery a wide range of treatments that can be applied to decorate them, and the range you get is mind-boggling. Bangles can have semi-precious and precious stones embedded in them, or have intricate etchings and carvings. They can be hand-painted, or have glass work done on them. The range provided by fashion bangles ensures that there is something for everyone.
The latest innovation has been the changes made to their shape. Although traditionally circular, fashion bangles are now available in many shapes. The favorite of fashion conscious females being square-shaped bangles with rounded as well as zigzag edges and bangles with a zigzag pattern. What's more, these accessories are also found in a wide range of colors.