Use of Bangles in India and Pakistan

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The bangles are a decorative ornament that women across India-Pakistan have been wearing for centuries. In fact, the bangles have a great socio-cultural-religious significance in Indian and Pakistan history and culture. This is because literature has glorified this ornament to make it the epitome of feminine grace.

Besides all this, bangles have a very traditional value in Hinduism. As it is considered inauspicious to be bare armed, Hindu married women are always wearing some bangles around their wrists. Today, the modern day women may not wear bangles with their daily attire, but only on occasions and festivals. This is because to them, bangles have a very sentimental value. In fact, to the Hindu woman, bangle is not only an ornament, but also an important part of womanhood and honor.

Bangles are made of many materials including plastic, glass, metal, kundan, lac, beads, black metal, silver and even gold. They are found in different colors, designs and different shapes too. Of course, the most durable of these bangles is the gold bangle, and the least durable, glass bangles. This is why many women prefer wearing gold bangles for day to day life and glass bangles for special occasions.

There are different ceremonies connected with bangles in India. In the south, Valaikaappu is a ceremony that is performed in the seventh month of pregnancy. This is when a woman is adorned in the family way, using bangles. Glass bangles of all colors and varieties are stacked on the woman’s wrists on this function. Once this ceremony is complete, the woman goes to her mother’s place for delivery.

In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the bride’s mother has to gift the bride a pair of ivory bangles. It is only on wearing these ivory bangles that the bridal couple can perform the ‘saptapati’; without the bangles, this ritual cannot be performed. (The saptapati is the seven steps that are taken around the fire, without which no Hindu marriage is considered complete).
Married women in Bengal have to wear the iron ‘kada’ (bangle) or ‘loha’ as it is commonly called, to signify marriage. In addition to this kada, the bride is presented with white conch bangles that are beautifully crafted and red lac bangles.

Vizag is an area in India that has a close association with bangles. This is because Makavanipalem, a small village near Narsipatnam is a place that was once bustling with bangle making, enticing skilled workers from all over India. Though this business had stalled momentarily, today bangle business runs briskly in all stores of Vizag. You find a great volume of business in a variety of bangles being conducted here everyday.

Shravanamasam is the Hindu month that falls between August and September and is the month where maximum Hindu festivities are conducted. This is also the month that sees maximum sales in bangles all over India. So it can be seen that bangles have been, and will always have an important part in the lives of Hindu women. It is a symbol of their feminity, tradition and pride for being a Hindu woman.

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Who Put the “Bangle” in Bangle Bracelets?

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A Slip On The Wrist From earliest history, very likely, a bangle bracelet was the first fashion statement in jewelry. Shaping a bracelet that hung loosely from the wrist was a simple matter of how the material was cut or shaped. Primitive materials might even have been dinosaur bone or whatever malleable stone was available. One might suppose the name “bangle” originated as a result of the fact that unlike flexible bracelets, more solid circular bangles made a “bang” sound whenever they dangled against surfaces with normal wrist movement. Or, it might have been a combination of two words: bracelet and dangle; Hence, the name “bangle”. Whatever the origin, today’s bracelets may be created from gold, silver, pewter, copper or platinum. Many are designed with inlaid gems like diamonds or semi-precious stones. Some are wide like a cuff or narrow and thin like a thread. The bangle bracelet never goes out of fashion. Women love to wear them because they slip easily over the wrist and look great with casual or formal wear. Bangle bracelets in the Middle Ages were worn by Roma women, also known as Gypsies. They would choose gold or silver or hammered metal for their bangle bracelets and often wore several at a time. Prior to that, in Egyptian culture, men and women wore them higher on the arm like a cuff. The artistic designs of antique bangle jewelry makes them highly prized by collectors of antiquity. Artisans who design beautiful pieces of jewelry inevitably create bracelets because they remain a popular fashion piece in a jewelry wardrobe. Casual or Formal, A Bracelet For Any Occasion Bangle bracelets suit any style apparel from casual to formal and can create a look from understated elegance to lively and sporty. With more formal attire, wear a bangle bracelet with a narrow band of gold or silver or one containing encrusted diamonds or other eye-catching jewels. For sporty apparel, the sky’s the limit when it comes to bangle bracelets. Wear one or as many as a you prefer or in colors to match or contrast a sporty ensemble. The One Piece Of Jewelry That’s Difficult To Lose One of the most frustrating things that happens too often with jewelry, particularly the expensive kind is invariably it can get lost or broken. Bangle bracelets are usually cut in the iconic circle shape and do not require a clasp or any chain to secure it. Also, it slips on and off. That’s it. That’s all there is to wearing one. These bracelets are so popular that they make memorable gifts. Precious metal bracelets can be engraved with a birth, anniversary or other special date. In fact, a tiny bangle bracelet is often the first gift an infant receives at birth. Jewelers carry these in stock as a regular part of their jewelry collection. As infant gifts, they are a good way to provide child identification.

Christian Evangelism Through Bangles and Baubles

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Christians are finding new ways to evangelize.

It started out with bumper stickers. Then Christian T-Shirts. Christians, fed up with a society in which people were expressing raunchy ideas and immoral lifestyles, decided that since the world was so blatant in its lifestyle believes, Christians could use the same tactics to tell others of their faith.

So now they’re sharing Christ with the bangles and baubles they wear. Christian jewelry is a hot new trend. Just visit any mall or do a search online and you’ll find that attractive, unique and fashionable Christian jewelry is all the rage.

These new methods are part of the evangelism lifestyle. A lot of Christians have been wearing their witness by wearing Christian clothing, but today, many Christians are choosing to express their Faith by wearing Christian jewelry.

The idea of evangelism and expressing your Faith to attract others to the Lord can be found in the Bible, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” 2 Cor. 5:20

God uses us to spread His word. Being a good witness means that you will talk to others about Christianity, it means that you must be willing to make the walk across the room to talk about the Lord. For those of us who are shy, or like an icebreaker, Christian jewelry can be the bridge.

Christian jewelry is so attractive that it will literally start conversations and provide a perfect opportunity for you to share what God’s love means to you.

There is a whole new genre of faith gear that is Christian jewelry. This jewelry has original designs depicting Bible scenes, Bible verses, and Christian symbols like the cross and the Jesus fish (Ichthus). These symbols, scenes and versus are showing up on Christian rings, necklaces, bracelets, necklace pendants, earrings, and even sunglasses.

There is Christian jewelry for everyone. Teenaged guys love the Christian dog tags, leather or macramé necklaces and bracelets. There are also Maltese cross rings that look very cool.

Teenage girls have lots to choose from. There are matching sets of Christian earrings and bracelets. The charm bracelets are a favorite accessory.

Both guys and girls are fans of the True Love Waits wrist band. The wristband is red and is made of the same materials as the wristband Lance Armstrong made famous with his “Live Strong” message.

There are also great designs for adults. The spinner rings are very stylish and the middle part of the ring spins with a Christian message. There are also many other different styles of rings for both men and women.

Christian belt buckles look great. They are especially popular for guys who have more of a “biker’s” style. These feature large Maltese crosses with messages like “Christ for Life.”

One of the favorites in Christian jewelry is the Purity Ring. These rings are often given from parents to their children, to kids from a youth group, or given as a symbol between couples that they will remain pure until marriage. Purity rings will have messages like “True Love Waits” or a similar Christian message.

When choosing to wear Christian jewelry, it is important to be open to the Holy Spirit. You will find opportunities to tell others about the Lord. Do not be afraid to share your Faith or to invite someone to join you to Church with you.

Who Put the “Bangle” in Bangle Bracelets?

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A Slip On The Wrist

From earliest history, very likely, a bangle bracelet was the first fashion statement in jewelry. Shaping a bracelet that hung loosely from the wrist was a simple matter of how the material was cut or shaped. Primitive materials might even have been dinosaur bone or whatever malleable stone was available. One might suppose the name “bangle” originated as a result of the fact that unlike flexible bracelets, more solid circular bangles made a “bang” sound whenever they dangled against surfaces with normal wrist movement. Or, it might have been a combination of two words: bracelet and dangle; Hence, the name “bangle”.

Whatever the origin, today’s bracelets may be created from gold, silver, pewter, copper or platinum. Many are designed with inlaid gems like diamonds or semi-precious stones. Some are wide like a cuff or narrow and thin like a thread. The bangle bracelet never goes out of fashion. Women love to wear them because they slip easily over the wrist and look great with casual or formal wear.

Bangle bracelets in the Middle Ages were worn by Roma women, also known as Gypsies. They would choose gold or silver or hammered metal for their bangle bracelets and often wore several at a time. Prior to that, in Egyptian culture, men and women wore them higher on the arm like a cuff. The artistic designs of antique bangle jewelry makes them highly prized by collectors of antiquity. Artisans who design beautiful pieces of jewelry inevitably create bracelets because they remain a popular fashion piece in a jewelry wardrobe.

Casual or Formal, A Bracelet For Any Occasion

Bangle bracelets suit any style apparel from casual to formal and can create a look from understated elegance to lively and sporty. With more formal attire, wear a bangle bracelet with a narrow band of gold or silver or one containing encrusted diamonds or other eye-catching jewels. For sporty apparel, the sky’s the limit when it comes to bangle bracelets. Wear one or as many as a you prefer or in colors to match or contrast a sporty ensemble.

The One Piece Of Jewelry That’s Difficult To Lose

One of the most frustrating things that happens too often with jewelry, particularly the expensive kind is invariably it can get lost or broken. Bangle bracelets are usually cut in the iconic circle shape and do not require a clasp or any chain to secure it. Also, it slips on and off. That’s it. That’s all there is to wearing one.

These bracelets are so popular that they make memorable gifts. Precious metal bracelets can be engraved with a birth, anniversary or other special date. In fact, a tiny bangle bracelet is often the first gift an infant receives at birth. Jewelers carry these in stock as a regular part of their jewelry collection. As infant gifts, they are a good way to provide child identification.

Designing Your Bangles

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Women have always been fascinated by the world of beautiful bangles. In fact, it is considered that a woman’s dress is incomplete without any bangles. However there are occasions when you just don’t seem to get the right ones for your attire, in such situations, it is better to follow these tips in designing your own bangles.

Beaded bangles are basically the easiest ones to make. All you have to do is to collect thin aluminum, plastic or steel wire, beads to your choice, colorful, glossy pages of magazines and glue stick.

Then take a few pages of the magazine to match the beads, and then cut into small pieces. Make tubes of these cuttings, and stick with glue. This has to be added to the chosen wire with the beads.

Silver bangles are better for making glitter bangles

If you had used a plastic wire, then the ends have to be heated to glue them together after filling it with beads and tubes. And if you have used some other wire, make a loop at its ends, and close the wire using beads. Remember to keep these bangles away from water.

If you want to make glitter bangles, you have to collect silver bangles, glitter and hot glue stick of your choice. The hot glue has to be placed around the bangle, and its edges after which the bangles have to be dipped in glitter. Dry the bangles for a minimum of 5 hours, and then just wear the bangles with your matching attire.

Toothbrushes make designer bangles

Another interesting designer bangle is toothbrush bracelets. You need cheap and clear plastic toothbrushes with uniform width, hot water, needle nosed pliers, glass pieces and glass jar of the diameter of your bangle.

Dip the brush into hot water for about five minutes, and then take it out and bend it around the glass jar. At the same time, glass pieces have to be stuck to the warm plastic. Then the brush has to be removed, and put into ice water and wear after ten minutes.

It is also possible to design glitter bangles with bangles from the store. Any type of bangle is okay, but silver ones are preferable as they have a reflective surface. Hot glue has to be placed around the edges of the bangles after which the bangles have to be dipped in glitter.

This is done better by placing the glitter on a flat surface and designed as required. Leave the bangle aside to dry and then wear with your matching clothes.

Gold Bangle Bracelets – Men’s Fashion Guide

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During the past few decades, there has been an outburst of trends traveling from the past. One of these includes the trend of men wearing gold bangles. Every man wants to look unique, and the love for the use of classic gold has given way to men’s gold jewelry. One of the most popular and the most commonly worn jewelry items by men are gold bangle bracelets. These are available in many different designs and styles to offer a touch of elegance and decency to men who like to wear them.

It can be a difficult job for men to choose the perfect piece of bangle which is made of gold. It is not easy for them to decide which design would suit the best with their wrists. For those men, who are skinny on the wrists, chunky bangles can be the best idea. Such men should go for wide bangles with details so that it would make the entire arm seem wider and thicker than it actually may be.

Almost all bracelet styles can be flattering for those men, who are bulky. Every man has a different personality and style, thus keep trying out the different styles available and see which one suits with your individual style the most.

If you are not satisfied with your search and cannot reach to a good conclusion for your gold bracelet purchase, then you even have the option for going with custom-made gold bracelets. They are not so costly and can even make wonderful gifts.

If you are wondering that why should men go for gold bracelets and bangles, and why not something else which is more conventional with men then I have a few reasons for recommended gold bracelets to men. Following are some of my reasons:

Gold is flattering for all skin tones. It complements with your skin, no matter what color your skin is and makes you look elegant and charming.

Gold is indeed the best investment so do not miss out on it.

It speaks about you and your standard. Only a successful man would wear gold!

Today, a number of brands are offering exclusively designed jewelry for men. Many Hollywood stars, musicians, and other successful men prefer gold jewelry. This has made men’s gold jewelry more popular than ever before.