History of bangles
Decorative ornaments called bangles have over the centuries acquired a cultural, social and religious significance. This decorative accessory for arms has also numerous references to the literary texts. It is also symbol of marriage amongst women in India. Bangles are executed in different materials and different regions of India have distinct style of bangle making.
Bangles enhance the feminine grace and beauty of the woman manifolds. The bronze figure in Indus Valley Civilization is shown with bangles adoring her entire arm. Even the Yakshinis are depicted wearing bangles. Kadambari penned down by Banabhatt has a reference to Goddess Saraswati shown as wearing kanganís.
All gemstones have some characteristics
Many gemstones are used in even the most expensive jewellery depending on the brand name of the designer, fashion trends, market supply, treatments etc. Others are too common and are given a semi-precious status. Most gemstones have good hardness and a high index of refraction.
All gemstones have some characteristics falling short of perfection though; even the seemingly perfect Diamond has four directions of cleavage. Since quartz is everywhere especially in common dirt and dust. Any material that is softer may be scratched during ordinary wear. Nevertheless, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds still have a reputation that exceeds those of other gemstones.
Diamonds are forever
You may be familiar with the term, 'Diamonds are Forever'. It is made popular by the De Beers advertising campaigns and for good reason. They have been used throughout the ages as bearers of mystic powers and incredible beauty. Not only are these diamonds rare in numbers but also in the number of skilled artisans that can complement their exquisite beauty.
Part of the credit for the almost mythical reverence to diamonds throughout the years belongs to the fact that these beauties are quite rare in their most sought after gemstone quality form. Through the centuries they have been revered and admired by many civilizations. When it comes to history, diamonds have a very long and fascinating record as one of the most intriguing gemstones on the planet. Forged billions of years ago, long before dinosaurs roamed the planet, they have survived the forces of nature to reach us.