Evoking golden, red and green color lakh bangles with charming diamantes work will showcases royal style and elegance. Elegant bangles with fine design for party wear choices. Lac or Lacquer is an exotic handcrafted tribal jewelry from Rajasthan India, which is now the fashion rage of urban areas. This traditional craft has been passed down through generations. Therefore the skill of the artist still produces beautiful authentic Lac/Lakh pieces. Lac is the scarlet resinous secretion from a Lac-producing insect known as Laccifer lacca. They are cultivated to make Lac Lakh jewelry. These plant-sucking insects colonize branches on host trees and secrete the scarlet resinous pigment. The coated branches are then cut and harvested as sticklac. The harvested sticklac is crushed, sieved and washed to remove impurities. The end product called shellac is further heated to remove more impurities.
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People have not completely lost their interest in expensive jewelry, but have limited the collection of these jewelry designs. So, a new fashion trend is to match and wear the imitation jewelry designs with expensive jewelry items. For example, matching lakh bangles with gold necklace is a great idea and one can think of many such ideas.
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The process of making the Lac/Lakh bangles is slightly different. The inner diameter of the bangle is made up of metal. The size and width of the metal is decided depending on the artists design. Lac is then mixed, kneaded, hammered and heated repeatedly to get the desired consistency.
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The dough is then rolled and shaped over the metal and fused to add strength to the bangle. Bangles are then embellished with beads, mirrors and rhinestones for that sensual look. My fascination for Lac/Lakh jewelry started when I was a teenager. I was browsing through an array of colorful bangles in a shop back in
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India and my eye caught the sight of a gorgeous set of magenta bangles. They were very intricately made with a combination of different shapes of mirrors and rhinestones. The shopkeeper saw the sparkle in my eyes and said, "Madam, they are Lac Churiya (Bangles).
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They bring good luck". And he went on to show me scintillating Sets of Bangles that were very hard to resist. That day I spent my entire monthly allowance, carrying home several boxes of good luck.