A bangle is typically a large stiff ring that is worn as jewelry around the arm, wrist, or ankle. Sort of like a disk that hangs loosely from ones wrist.
Bangles are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is a common tradition to see a new bride wearing glass bangles at her wedding and the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks. Bangles also have a very traditional value in Hinduism and it is considered inauspicious to be bare armed for a married woman. Obviously, bangles are also worn in most other regions of the world as well. They are also a valued piece of jewelry in the United States. There are two basic types of bangles: a solid cylinder type; and a split, cylindrical spring opening/closing type. The primary distinguishing factor between these is the material used to make the bangles. This may vary from anything from glass to jade to metal to lac and even rubber or plastic.
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Bangles are also known as Nepali: चुरा Chura, Bengali: চুড়ি churi, Tamil: வளையல், Hindi: चूड़ी Choodi, Marathi: बांगडी 'Bangadi, Telugu: గాజు, and Urdu: چوڑیاں.