I have loved an armful of bangles since I was a teen. An bounty of jingly yellow gold Monet costume bracelets in multiple widths and patterns and I was all set! Today my tastes are a little more refined, but I still love bangles of every shape and size.
So when my copy of National Jeweler magazine arrived today, I was oh-so-happy to see a double page spread just filled with luscious bangles in an array of styles and prices. As a bonus, many of the bracelets also featured vibrantly colored gemstones, another one of my borderline addictions!
Of course, although they are popular right now, bangles are nothing new. In fact, they have quite a history. According to Wikipedia, bangle bracelets were, “first excavated from multiple archaeological sites throughout the Indian subcontinent. A figurine of a dancing girl wearing bangles on her left arm has been excavated from the Mohenjo-daro archaeological site (2600 BC).”
For me, bangles are best worn in bunches, Bollywood style, for maximum “jingle effect.” I also like to combine styles – Grandmom’s engraved yellow gold bracelet from the 1930’s with a modern, twisted sterling piece. Throw in an enameled bracelet or two (from Fornash or Canvas) and I’m in heaven!
Beautiful bangle bracelets are available in every price range, from inexpensive costume options, to more precious pieces in sterling and gold.
Or if you want to really invest, a Panthère de Cartier is the ultimate luxury. (prices start at about $8000 and climb to well over $300,000). Definitely out of my price range, but hey, a girl can dream!
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