Wednesday, 25 April 2012

IVORY ANKLETS IN INDIA


The term Ivory was derived from the Egyptian word ‘abu’ and Latin ‘ebur’, which means nothing but the hard, opaque, white colored tusks of animals like elephants, walrus’, hippopotamus and mammoths. As killing of elephants are banned in most countries, it is very rare and costly to get curios and jewels made out of ivory. It is interesting to note that before the age of plastics, billiard balls were actually made of ivory. Ivory has been used in countries like India to craft jewelry like bangles, rings and pendants since ancient times. In countries like India, women who are married consider wearing Ivory bangles as a symbol of sanctity.

Handcrafted Ivory Anklets
Ivory anklets in the days of yore adorned the legs of many women and girls irrespective of their age. Ivory anklets were first found in India and they were known for the melodious sound they produced. These ivory anklets were known to be big and were embellished with beads and stones to make them look endearing and inviting.

Ivory anklets go well with any type of dress, but they especially suit traditional wear. Ivory combined with gold looks amazing and anybody who is ready to spend lavishly out of their pockets can buy them. These anklets are available in huge varieties of designs like, floral designs, inlay work, animal designs, etc. At times they are combined with precious and semi-precious stones and after the anklets are completely done, a particular kind of polish is given to retain the look of the piece of jewelry.

Ivory jewelry, particularly ivory anklets are in high demand in many countries for their exquisite and intricate carvings, and the prime manufacturers are India and China. As Ivory is in great demand, artisans who make these jewelry earn a fortune.

The art of making Ivory anklets though being an ancient one needs to be preserved and carried on to future generations.

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