Indian women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles
Gold has a religious connotation in India and a deep social significance. Most Indian women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles or combination of both. Primary distinguishing factor for these is the material that is used to make the bangles. There is no place for stagnation in Indian art and craft, for although forms are repeated, they are free from imitative intent.
Bangles made from lac are one of the oldest ones and among the brittle category too. Lac is clay like material which in molded in hot kilns-like places to make these bangles. Among the recent entrants are the rubber bangles that are worn more like a wrist band by youngsters while the plastic ones are there to add the trendy look. Lac bangles are made of shellac mixed with different colors to give a finest shape of bangles, using chatons, rhine sones, mirrors, beads etc.
Diamonds were believed to hold medicinal value
Diamonds were believed to hold medicinal value during the Dark Ages. Square cut diamonds add a modern touch to bands, pendants and drop earrings as well. There were instructions that those suffering illnesses or having wounds should hold a diamond in the hand. And then make a sign of the cross for healing. Some even believed that ingesting diamonds could assist in recovery and even a cure from various illnesses.
Brilliant square princess cut diamonds in engagement rings and diamond stud earrings are de-rigueur. As time progressed into the Middle Ages, diamonds were more often viewed as items of value rather than items of mystical healing powers. Square cut diamonds add a modern touch to bands, pendants and drop earrings as well. As a result of the growing demand and value of diamonds, mine owners began spreading rumors that diamonds were poisonous if swallowed.
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