Bangles, also known as Kangan or Churiyan in the Indian Subcontinent, are one of the most popular pieces of jewelry worn by women of all ages. Bangles come in different colors and are styles; owing their form to the region they belong to. Bangles are worn by married, unmarried, young and old women. In many cultures a single bangle is given by the bride to her groom as a symbol of everlasting relation, such is called Kara. It is a circular shaped bangle having religious significance and is made from iron, white metal or gold. In India and Pakistan, bangles have become very popular. With the increasing fashion trends, now they are available in various designs and forms and no longer just made in a circular shape with glass. Bangles are made from a range of materials and can be found in many shapes such as round, rectangular or square.
Women wear bangles in colorful pairs in both arms which enhance beauty of women who wear them in a special traditional way. They are made not just from glass but also gold, silver, wood, ferrous metals, plastic and rubber are among other materials that are used extensively to make bangles. In Pakistan, the single largest producers of glass bangles come from Hyderabad, Sind.
Gold bangles studded with semi-precious gems, or diamonds, pearls or just plain gold bangles with pretty designs are quite popular with women in Pakistan. These bangles can range from downright simple to extremely intricate. Generally, a single bangle is adorned by women across the world in various variations such as bracelet. But in other regions such as the Arabian Peninsula and South Asia, bangles have been evolved into a wide range and each is used for different occasions.
There is another feature that adds to the price of the bangles, is the kind of work done further on the metal. This includes embroidery, small glass pieces, paintings or even small hangings that are attached to the bangles. Another form of bangles are known as the wrist bands made from lather, rubber or white plastic which are more demanded by youngsters that gives a modern stylish look to you.
Bangles have been a part of our culture for many centuries, but the new trendy bangles are more versatile than ever before. Available just about anywhere, designer bangles are even sold in malls, jewelry shops but the real deal is the glass bangles. They are the pious symbol of matrimony. Different colors of glass bangles have different meanings. Red color shows energy, green color stands for married status, black and silver reflects power and strength, gold or yellow shows fortune and white is for the new beginning.
Glass bangles or Churiyan have a great importance among many superstitions people. A sudden breaking of glass bangles is considered as a sign of danger or an unpleasant incident involving the husband or any member of the family. A married woman wears gold bangles on a day to day basis as they are symbolic of safety, marriage and luck for their husbands. Some families also believe that smaller bangles worn by bride which symbolize a happy and loving marriage and a wonderful honeymoon that last until the very last bangle breaks!