Jewelry Armlets

By on December 9, 2011

Fashion jewellery armlet, also known as an armring or an armband, is a band of metal, usually a precious metal, worn as an ornament around the biceps of the upper arm. The arm ring is similar to a bracelet or bangle, though it must be shaped and sized to fit snugly to the upper arm. Historically, the arm ring was commonly worn by men, and often a ring in bronze age heroic literature would refer to an arm ring, rather than a finger ring, however, in Celtic iron-age literature, “ring” would also refer to a torc. Armlets are commonly known as bajuband in India. They are worn on the upper arm, just above the elbow. The wearers of the bajuband are considered wealthy, as it is a symbol of prosperity. Bajubands also help modestly cover bare arms of a woman. In India, like the moon, silver is considered to possess the alchemic properties of coolness against that of heat generated by gold. In other ords, silver jewelry is supposed to have a cooling effect on the wearers metabolism, whereas those of gold are believed to heat up the body. It is but natural that being popular among the vast rural communities, the silver jewelry of India reflects an enormous array of techniques, patterns, motifs, as well as beliefs and practices of the micro cultural regions to which they respectively belong. Flowers and foliage, fruits and berries, birds and animals commonly found in the surroundings of each region have been instrumental in providing design inspiration to the local silversmiths. Today, armlets are more commonly worn by women.

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