ban·gle | ˈbaŋ-gəl
A traditionally rigid, non-flexible bracelet
Bangles are traditionally rigid bracelets. They originate from the Indian subcontinent, where they were typically made from hard materials including metals like gold or silver, wood, plastic, and glass. Archaeologists have found bangles in the Indian subcontinent made of a variety of natural materials including seashell, copper, bronze, gold, agate, and chalcedony. Both traditionally and presently in modern times, Indian women adorn their wrists with bangles from a young age. It is also very popular for Indian brides to wear several bangles at their wedding celebrations. Today, bangles have become a popular accessory in the Western world as well, with many women choosing these bracelets for both everyday wear and for special occasions. There are two types of bangle bracelets - the solid cylinder type that is slipped over the hand and onto the wrist, and the cylindrical spring opening/closing type that is opened, usually via a clasp, placed around the wrist, and then closed.