Your Guide To: Bangles

11th July 2017

We've been a bit bangle-mad here in the PURE LUXURIES office of late
– and no, we're not talking about those Bangles. No, we've been infatuated with the wristwear. Whether you're dressing up or going for a more casual look, bangles are a versatile accessory that can be as plain or as decorative as you like.

It's nothing new – bangles have been popular since around 2600 B.C., in ancient civilizations ranging from the Roman Empire to the Mayans and Mauryan Empire. In India, bangles are still a significant part of the culture and identity, and newly-wed brides wear bangles that symbolise good fortune and prosperity. In some parts of the world it's traditional for a new bride to wear glass bangles at her wedding, and the honeymoon won't be considered over until the last bangle is broken.

In contrast to bracelets, which are made from a flexible set of links, bangles are made from one or two rigid pieces – either with a fastening or an open end. This style makes them ideal to stack together, where wearing a variety of bangles together can make for a gorgeous statement look.

Because a bangle isn't as flexible as a bracelet, it's important to make sure you choose the right type and size for your wrist. For example, an adjustable bangle such as our 'Rhianna' is ideal for if your wrists are quite slim, since you can adjust it to fit – whereas a fixed size bangle such as the 'Regan' is better-suited to if you have more slender hands. Alternatively, a C-shaped bangle is the most versatile design, since the bangle can be bent so your wrist can just pass through the gap (though, since most precious metals such as gold and silver are soft metals, we'd really only recommend doing this once to get that perfect fit and avoid weakening the jewellery).

One of the most popular styles around the PURE LUXURIES offices has to be the torc bangle. Inspired by the Celtic jewellery, these beautiful designs have been popular for centuries – in fact, even the word 'torc' comes from the Latin torquent, which means to twist or turn. Crafted in superb sterling silver, these beautiful accessories are ideal to suit most wrists with their open-ended design.