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Bracelets and Bangles: A History
The popular bracelet in the bangle's style, which is characterized as a circular and rigid bracelet, dates back to 2600 BC. The ancient device has cultural significance dating back almost 5,000 years to the villages of Mohenjo-daro on the banks of the Indus River in what is today Pakistan.
In 1973, in an archeological excavation of Mohenjo-daro, a British archeologist discovered a statue of a teenage girl. The 4,500-year-old statue is called the “Dancing Girl” and is portrayed in the nude except for a bangle-covered leg. This bangle proof is recognized as a part of human culture as the first instance of the accessory.
For many Indian brides, the bangle is an important wedding jewelry item, although its significance and purpose varies from region to region, and from family to family. Glass bangles are intended to represent marriage protection and luck. It can be found wearing gold-plated iron bangles, green bangles, or ivory and red bangles, depending on the bride’s heritage and family traditions.
Although the more recent bangle originates in the Indus region, an example of a stone bracelet bangle-like design discovered in Siberia is an astounding 40,000-year-old and believed to have been worn by the Denisovan species of humans.
Often found in ancient Mayan, Mauryan, Roman and Indian ruins was the bangle bracelet. This historically important element is one of the oldest jewelry types ever found. Old bangles are made from terracotta, rock, shells, copper, glass, and similar materials.
In the world of jewelry, the word bangle refers broadly to the form of a bracelet that is circular and closed by shape or character and is applied more loosely to many different styles, not only to the thin and rigid type of Indian tradition.
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