Anklets are among some of the most popular and feminine adornments in the world. These are a more modern accessory as compared to other jewelry items. Also known as gold anklet bracelet, in earlier times it was considered a taboo to use gold, the most auspicious metal of all and the metal of the gods, anywhere below the waist. The use of pure gold in making anklets for women is only a recent phenomenon.
Nevertheless, women from around the country have adopted anklets in one form or another as the preferred form of adornment for the feet despite many traditional beliefs. Women, who adhere to the traditional belief system, opt for white ones as opposed to yellow as the latter is considered the purest form of this metal and therefore, exclusively fit for offering to the deities.
Others, who prefer not to use pure gold in either yellow or white at all, opt for faux gold or gold-plated anklets which look just as gorgeous as real gold anklets in their many designs and patterns. Examples of these beliefs can be seen in southern parts of India, where modern women prefer white gold while traditional women avoid gold altogether and opt for silver ones. Irrespective of whether these pieces are pure or plated, gold anklets for women are available in several different patterns and designs for women with varied tastes in
Examples of these beliefs can be seen in southern parts of India, where modern women prefer white gold while traditional women avoid gold altogether and opt for silver ones. Irrespective of whether these pieces are pure or plated, women are spoiled with different patterns and designs for women with varied tastes in jewelry and accessories.
The most traditional forms of designs can be seen in the category of bridal anklets. These are meant to be heavy in terms of both, weight and intricacy of details. These pairs are generally thick, as opposed to the modern thin designs and may resemble payals or pajebs in their construction.
They are considered to be extremely special and are treated more like heirlooms than pieces of jewelry that can be paired with other festive-wear garments. Women show a preference for traditional designs such as these not only as part of their bridal trousseau but also for other special occasions. These non-bridal traditional anklets may have more than one string; however, they tend to be lighter than the bridal variety.
Modern designs for gold anklets are a lot lighter and more chic and compact as opposed to the traditional designs. Women who prefer wearing gold anklets on a daily basis or even those who wish to wear them for parties and other occasions without feeling weighed down, opt for these patterns. Usually found in a single, light string, these contemporary anklets are embellished lightly and therein lies their beauty. There are some modern designs that incorporate small charms woven into the chain itself, such as gold beads or a special motif like flowers, butterflies and even abstract designs.
Others include semi-precious or precious gems along the chain. Women choose to wear these sophisticated yet graceful anklets below designer sarees, churidar kameez and lehenga cholis. There are other options that are simplerl, which can be paired with Indo-Western as well as Western ensembles as well. These types have a simple chain with a designer clasp which can be in a special, bold motif or can have light chains dangling for an inch or two from the clasp. These variants are especially dainty and exquisite to behold, which is why it is so popular among younger, urban demographics.
When wearing anklets, jewelry items such as the regular earrings, necklaces and bracelets, needn’t take a backseat. However, there are some things one can do to can pull the attention towards the adornment of the feet. For instance, an ornate gold toe ring can both complement and attract people towards the anklet itself. This can work equally well with traditional anklets as well as modern ones.
Another way to showcase the anklet properly is to wear the right kind of bottoms. For instance, salwar bottoms have a natural flare to them, which in turn can hide the anklets. It is always preferable to pair the kurta with a churidar bottom. Indo-western bottoms such as leggings and snug fitting jeans are also ideal for showcasing anklets. Much like lehengas, they can also be teamed with western style skirts of varying lengths and even dresses.
The right kind of footwear is also equally important. Closed footwear such as ankle straps or booties defeat the purpose of an anklet. Peep toes, kitten heels, strappy sandals, platform heels and the likes, are great for showcasing anklets. The underlying idea is to wear a shoe that shows off the ankle as well as an inch of skin below it.