It is no secret that India is a shopper’s paradise. Each region has its specialty of goods. Varanasi is known for its exquisite silk, Jaipur for gemstones and Agra marble, to name a few. One item you can find everywhere and which makes a great gift for women is bangles. They are easy to pack and relatively inexpensive.
The traditional jewelry has been worn by Indian women since ancient times. Bangles are made from glass, metals, plastic and of course gold and silver. Glass bangles are becoming less common as they tend to shatter. My sister-in-laws wouldn’t let me buy them when I was in India earlier this year. I don’t recommend them for young children.
The price of a set of glass, metal or plastic bangles can range anywhere from 50 cents to $25 depending on how intricate the design. They typically come in sets of 12 and there are many different sizes, which fit even the smallest child. You can easily break up a set into four or six and mix and match to give them as gifts.
As you can see from the photo of bangles I took in Jaipur, Rajasthan the variety of colors and styles is endless.
Can you hear the jingling sound they’d make on your arm?