Glass Bangles. Image by Anuradha Shankar. Used with permission.

“Bangles are considered auspicious, and at one time, it was considered inauspicious for a woman not to wear bangles,” writes Anuradha Shankar at ‘A Wandering Mind'. She notes that glass bangles for daily wear are becoming less popular in megacities like Mumbai, but are still adored in small towns or in rural areas of India.