Bangles

Bangles

Bangles are circular in shape, and, unlike bracelets, are not flexible. The word is derived from Hindi bungri (glass).

There are two basic types of bangles: a solid cylinder type; and a split, cylindrical spring opening/closing type. Primary distinguishing factor for these is the material that is used to make the bangles.

Although now seen as a fashionable jewellery accessory, bangles are traditionally part of Indian jewellery worn mostly by South Asian women, especially Hindus. They are usually worn in pairs by women after marriage to signify matrimony, one or more on each arm. It is tradition that the bride will try to wear as many small glass bangles as possible at her wedding and the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks.

Examples of modern bangles made today:

Anticlastic raising,  silver_01_011 forging techniques are used to creative the concave shape of this bangle and a second round wire bangle sits in the hollow, made from silver sheet and 2mm wire.

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mixed selection of bangles

Many different styles of bangles can be made using wire and forging methods silver_01_012

 

Charms & links; it is nice to make your own charms or links and add these to a bangle made from 3mm round wiresilver_01_033

 

Link Design Bangle, random shaped links made from rectangular wiresilver_01_015,then attached to larger bangle of the same design

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