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Here are some tips to wear diamonds in everyday lives with elegance

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New Delhi, Sep 03, 2017: The biggest problem that women face is how to wear diamonds without being too flashy. It is important to know how much is too much, and going for one accessory at a time to look elegant, say experts.

Saurabh and Rahul Maheshwari, the owners of Vishal Jewels, and Vinay Gupta, who is the owner of Shri Hari Diagems, tell how to do it.

* Without even giving it a second thought, women can wear diamond rings in day to day life and look elegant.

* When diamonds are worn in day to day life they need to be subtle, which doesn’t take away your limelight and become too distracting.

* When you’re not sure if you’re wearing too much jewellery, go with the fewest pieces possible. A general rule of thumb is that it is okay to wear a watch or bracelet, a ring, and a pair of earrings. Anything more than that is probably too much for day to day wear.

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* For day to day wear, noisy bracelets are not a good option rather one can opt for a delicate looking diamond studded bracelet.

* Wearing too much jewellery at once or wearing all the wrong kind can make you stand out in a way you don’t want to. Perhaps the most common jewellery faux pas is wearing too much jewellery.

A stack of bangles worn with layers of bead and chain necklaces and large dangly earrings and several rings is just too much of a good thing. (IANS)


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Scientific Reasons behind Indian Traditional Fashion and Beauty Hacks: Read On!

It is scientifically proven that acupressure points converge on the earlobe. Thus, piercing it enables an efficient working of every body part

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  • The relevance of certain traditional and beauty rituals goes beyond culture and are scientific
  • Science testifies that the constant friction produced by bangles on the arm stimulates our circulatory system
  • Along with being a colouring agent, henna has a number of medicinal properties too

While most of us prefer the modern way of grooming ourselves that heavily relies on the use of chemicals, it must be understood that the relevance of certain traditional and beauty rituals goes beyond culture and are scientific.

Here are some of the astonishing reasons behind our cultural practices:

  • Bangles: Traditionally worn by a married woman, bangles not only add to the feminine grace but are also known to enhance the blood circulation. Science testifies that the constant friction produced by bangles on the arm stimulates our circulatory system. The thermal energy produced by this friction is in turn absorbed by the hands, enabling our hands and arms to work better.

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Silver toe ring. Image Source:inmagine.com
Silver toe ring. Image Source:inmagine.com

  • The connection between toe ring and fertility: Symbolic of the marital status of a woman, these are worn in the second toe and are made of silver. It is believed that the vein of this very toe in the foot is directly connected to the uterus. The silver in the toe activates the nerves and enables a smooth flow of oxygen and blood, thus maintaining a regular menstrual cycle. Directly affecting and encouraging conception, toe rings are adorned by married women only, mentions indiatribune.com.
  • Piercing: Earlobe piercing is a trend followed throughout the world but its purpose stretches beyond being a mere fad. It is scientifically proven that acupressure points converge on the earlobe. Thus, piercing it enables an efficient working of every body part. In a similar way, nose piercing in women is associated with reproductive health, sexual pleasure, and smooth brain functioning.

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  • Haldi: For almost every north Indian family, a wedding ceremony is incomplete without a haldi function. Haldi or turmeric apart from being antiseptic works as a magical ingredient for skin and related ailments. It is probably because of this property that a bride and a groom both are scrubbed with Haldi, at least a day before the wedding.

Mangalsutra. Image Source: womenpla.net
Mangalsutra. Image Source: womenpla.net

  • Mangalsutra: Worn close to the skin, mangalsutra is much more than an ornament. The reason behind wearing mangalsutra is that the gold in the pendant being close to the skin regulates blood pressure and blood circulation of a married woman who generally works very hard throughout the day.
  • Henna: We do know that a bride is incomplete without applying henna on her hands and feet on her wedding. But there is a theory behind this tradition too. Along with being a colouring agent, henna has a number of medicinal properties too. Known for its cooling property, henna is an essential part of major Unani and Ayurvedic medicines. It is generally used for treating headaches, leprosy, and some skin-related problems. It also helps people with the bad temper and controls this emotion.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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Significance of bangles in Indian culture and their regional diversity

In spite of such stylish designs at display, bangles either made of glass or metal are only preferred for auspicious occasions like during marriage or for a festival.

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(Representational Image) Bangles. Image Source: Wikipedia.org
  • Symbolic of married status, bangles signify the well-being of a woman’s husband and her family
  • In spite of many stylish designs at display, bangles either made of glass or metals are only preferred for auspicious occasions like during marriage or for a festival
  • According to a ceremony called mameru in Gujarat, a bride’s maternal uncle gives her the chooda along with a silk sari

Since time immemorial, bangles have been an intrinsic part of Indian culture and continue to be so. It is in fact considered to be one of the most important ornaments for a married woman. Symbolic of married status, bangles signify the well-being of a woman’s husband and her family.

There have been concrete evidences, which testify that bangles have been a part of Indian culture since ancient times. The bronze figure of a dancing girl wearing a collection of bangles that has been unearthed at Mohanjodaro also establishes the inseparable connection these wrist ornaments had with our culture.

The antiques testify that bangles were made from various metals like terracotta, stone, gold, bronze and silver among others and almost every material that the craftsman could mould.

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Presently, of course because the women juggle between home and work this tradition has taken a backseat but the importance of them to a married woman remains the same.

It might seem astonishing to some but even today women in certain communities are very superstitious about bangles. Apparently, even while changing old bangles with a new set, they either tie a string or the end of their sari to ensure that their arm is not bare even for a second.

As per the tradition they are a part of the solah shringar (signs of a married woman) of a woman and are generally made of glass or gold.

Trendy plastic bangles. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Trendy plastic bangles. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

However, bangles have changed over time and have become much trendier to suit the contemporary fad. Funky looking bangles with geometrical shapes have also been nudged in the market and are worn by both married and un-married women.

In spite of many stylish designs at display, bangles either made of glass or metal are only preferred for auspicious occasions like during marriage or for a festival.

In a culturally rich country as India, the colour and the material from which the bangle is made of vary from regions to regions. Here are some of the regions and the types of bangles worn here as illustrated by TOI:

Rajasthan and Gujarat

The brides in the region wear ivory bangles or chooda. According to a ceremony called mameru in Gujarat, a bride’s maternal uncle gives her the chooda along with a silk sari that specifically has a red border.

Punjabi Chooda. Image Source: ourvivaha.com
Punjabi Chooda. Image Source: ourvivaha.com

Punjab

The Punjabi brides most certainly wear chooda made of ivory and red bangles. Again her maternal uncle gives the bride-to-be a chooda, which she has to wear for a specific period of time. The newly-married has to wear the chooda for a minimum of forty days or longer as per the custom of the family.

Maharashtra

In the state, a bride wears odd number of green bangles on the wedding day. The green bangles are worn with gold ones called patlya and carved kadas known as tode. The green bangles, which symbolize creativity, new phase and fertility are generally presented by the groom’s family.

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Southern India

Gold is considered to be extremely auspicious in the region. The brides here wear green glass bangles with gold plated ones.

Bengal

Locally called shakha and pola, the brides in Bengal wear conch shell bangles and a red coral bangles. Apart from this, a new-bride is also given gold bangles by her mother-in-law upon her entry into the new house.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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2 responses to “Significance of bangles in Indian culture and their regional diversity”

  1. Different colors and types of bangles also resembles different occasions. Also, there are rituals related to bangles in marriages and various festivals.

  2. Not only a sign of cultural significance, bangles make a woman look beautiful and is a very attractive accessory

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Could Telangana give us another Koh-i-noor?

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The land of Telangana has a rich history, especially in association with diamonds. The once famed diamond mines of Golkonda, which yielded legendary diamonds like the Koh-i-noor, Darya-e Nur, Nur-Ul-Ain, the Hope Diamond, the Regent Diamond, Wittelsbach Diamond etc., belonged to this very region.

During the pre-colonial and the colonial times, Golkonda was synonymous with vast wealth and was known for roadside shops which sold heaps of diamonds and gems.

A new research by a team from the Osmania University’s Centre of Exploration Geophysics has found that Mahbubnagar, the region of Telangana which is usually plagued by recurrent droughts, could potentially turn out to be the next Golkonda.

The team has identified as many as 21 potential points along Mahbubnagar and the villages adjoining borders with Gulbarga and other villages of Karnataka.

The road between Raichur and Mahbubnagar has many potential zones, the team has identified, proving the fabled diamond potentiality of Mahbubnagar.

After carrying out an aeromagnetic survey of the entire area, Professor G. Ramadass mentioned that the diamond zones could be located 1.2 kms below the surface and more ground research may lead to the actual discovery of plenty of diamonds in the area.

“We have found kimberlite pipes at 21 places. Though not all kimberlite pipes bear diamonds, there have been instances where diamond zones were found in Mahbubnagar. We need to undertake further studies to explore the diamond-bearing potentiality of these places,” he said, as quoted by The Times of India.

It has also been reported that many government and commercial organizations are scrounging the area with an aim to locate diamonds. The discovery of diamonds from the area will be a huge plus for the economy of the nascent state of Telangana, and it will also give the Indian economy a good boost.