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Jingle all the way


Bangles Bonanza at Jewels Garden has on display a dazzling range of over 20,000 patterns.

BANGLES HAVE meant different things to different civilisations down the ages. If they have meant simply beautiful adornments for some, they have meant auspicious symbols of marriage for another. But they have never lost their charm. Walk into Jewels Garden, where an exclusive festival called Bangles Bonanza is on, and you realise what a mind-boggling range they come in.

To mark the festival season that begins with the month of Ashada, the jewellery store is offering over 20,000 varieties of bangles. Exclusively for this event, the store has been doing some intense research on bangle designs for the last six months. Says K.S. Kedarnath of Jewels Garden: "After a chain or necklace, women always look for bangles." On offer are bangles in platinum and gold, studded with diamonds and precious gems such as emeralds, pearls, corals, rubies, jade, kundan stones (in three to four colours) to name a few. The stones are cut in a variety of styles such as marquis, princess cut, and so on. There are kadas with stones set in various patterns, bangles with pearls embedded in gold or covered in a string over the periphery of the bangle, bracelets with a range of stones mounted, and flexible bracelets with stones. "While the kada appeals more to older women, the lighter ones in Indo-Western designs are popular with youngsters," observes Mr. Kedarnath. Some bangles, studded with gems, are traditional in style — such as Kerala gundu work and the Coorgi bangles. There are also bangles with Lakshmi coins, the Golasu chain bangles, and Meenakari work bangles. On display are some in black beads and gold that can be matched with the Mangalsutras.

Some bangles are handcrafted, while others are machine-made. The gold bangles come in various thicknesses and can be purchased as singles or in sets. The platinum-covered bangles make an excellent choice for those who are more into Westernwear. Some of them come in unusual shapes such as squares and stars.

Jewels Garden has ensured that it offers something for all. Mr. Kedarnath says: "We have some bangles that are priced as low as Rs. 4,000 while others with diamonds could be worth a few lakhs."

The Bangles Bonanza is on at Jewels Garden till August 30. For every purchase of over Rs. 10,000, there is a gift of gold-covered idol of Goddess Lakshmi or Lord Ganesh. Jewels Garden can be contacted on 2212666 or 2243353.

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