Indian women wear bangles as part of the bride's jewelry and also to enhance their beauty. Married women are not allowed to wear gold bangles alone, but add glass bangles to symbolize the well-being of a husband.
This tradition began in the ancient times and Indian women are still practicing it today. Indian bangles are available in a wide range of colors and designs. Some communities do not allow widows to wear glass bangles. Women in certain communities have strong beliefs about bangles, and believe that they should always be worn. Married women in West Bengal wear paula, or red coral, and shakha, or shell, bangles to symbolize marriage.