The History of Bangles: Fashion Worn Since Ancient Times

The History of Bangles: Fashion Worn Since Ancient Times
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Bangles, those lovely circular bracelets that add a touch of elegance and charm to any outfit, have a history as rich and vibrant as the cultures that cherish them.

 

 

Imagine a journey that starts 5,000 years ago in the bustling cities of Mohenjo Daro near the Indus River, where bangles were first discovered, and stretches across continents and millennia.

Let’s dive into the fascinating world of bangles, exploring their origins, cultural significance, and enduring appeal.

Since the beginning of Civilization:

Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1300 BCE)

Our story begins in the ancient ruins of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, where archaeologists unearthed bangles made of copper, bronze, shell, and terracotta. These early bangles were not just adornments; they were symbols of good luck and marital status, a tradition that continues in India to this day.

Ancient Egypt (c. 3000 BCE)

In the land of the pharaohs, bangles adorned the wrists of both men and women. Crafted from glass, stone, and faience, Egyptian bangles often featured intricate designs and inlays, showcasing the artistry of the time.

Ancient Mesopotamia (c. 3000 BCE)

Over in Mesopotamia, bangles were a staple of everyday attire. Made from various materials including metals and stones, some were even inscribed with cuneiform script, adding a personal touch to these elegant accessories.
 

 

A Symphony of Sounds and Colors

In many parts of South Asia, the melodious jingle of bangles is believed to ward off evil eyes, bringing peace of mind to the wearer. Vibrant hues like red, green, and yellow are not just visually appealing but are also considered to bring good fortune and protection.
 
 

Symbolism and Cultural Significance

Marital Status

Bangles hold a special place in the hearts of married women in South Asia. They symbolize their husband’s long life and their own marital status, making them an essential part of a married woman's attire.

Rites of Passage

From weddings to births and festivals, bangles play a crucial role in various rites of passage. In Hindu culture, the “Bangle Ceremony” or “Valaikaapu” during the seventh month of pregnancy is a beautiful ritual that blesses the expecting mother and her unborn child.

Protection and Luck

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, bangles are believed to protect against evil spirits and bring good luck, making them cherished talismans in many cultures.
 
 

Modern Love Affair with Bangles

At Goldstories, we believe that every piece of jewelry tells a tale, and our bangles are some of our most beloved chapters. These pieces have not only become our top sellers but have also captivated hearts around the globe. Today, bangles continue to enchant and inspire, weaving a story that blends ancient traditions with contemporary styles.

Here are some of our standout pieces, each with its own unique story: 

- The Eternity Bangle: Lightweight and perfectly constructed, this bangle is versatile enough to be worn in pairs or styled with your favorite everyday pieces.

 

- The Mandala Bangle: Inspired by our founder’s honeymoon in Morocco, this bangle is a testament to expert craftsmanship and exotic elegance.

 

- The Rani Collection: Featuring a variety of bangles including the Intertwined Bangle, RANI Cuff Plain, and RANI Cuff with Sapphire, this collection embodies regal beauty and sophistication.

 

From ancient artifacts to modern fashion statements, bangles remain cherished adornments, adding a touch of elegance and history to our lives.

Stay tuned for a sneak peek at our upcoming bangle designs and continue to celebrate the timeless elegance of bangles with us!

Interview with Joyce Tang

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former tech turned passionate baker and entrepeneur

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