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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Asian ➔ Bangle

This bangle is made of pearlescent blue plastic on a gold metal base. It has a braided gold filigree design in the center decorated colored glass stones. A hinge on one side allows the bangle to open and close. 

Bangles, traditionally from India, date back to 5,000 years ago and were a way to show that an Indian woman was married. They were often made of glass, gold, and other precious metals as a wish for good luck and wealth. Today, Indian women still wear bangles and bracelets regularly with various designs. Each color of bangle represents something different, as listed below. 

Red: energy and prosperity
Green: good luck and fertility
Blue: wisdom
Yellow: happiness
White: new beginnings
Orange: success
Silver: strength
Gold: fortune and prosperity
Metal, Glass, Plastic
2" h
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Purchased with Funds from the Michigan Humanities Council

Discovery Kit: Jewelry (October 14 2019)

Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.

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