Wherever I've been in India from remote villages in Tamil Nadu to a bustling metropolis like Mumbai, everyone always calls me "Miss Jingle Jangle" because of my obsession with bangles. You'll hear me arriving before I enter a room.
I'm happy to leave the house without make-up but without a bracelet on my arm? No way! It's like my armour, once I've slipped a few bangles on my wrists I'm ready to face the world. I've no qualms about mixing gold with silver, old with new. Bangles personalise my outfits and make me who I am.
My large hoard contains everything from traditional Indian bangles picked up for a couple of rupees in street markets to beautiful, hand-crafted tribal silver pieces, 1960's Biba bracelets raided from my Mum's collection and tat from boot sales.
How do I store my bangles? The leatherette display box was given to me by a kind stall holder I got chatting to at a car boot sale and the elegant silver hand was a gift from a friend.
A Money-saving for cleaning silver and removing tarnishing from costume jewellery:
- Line a glass bowl with silver foil and place jewellery inside.
- Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda over the jewellery.
- Pour just boiled water over the top , covering by at least 2 inches.
- Leave to soak for 30 minutes.
- Remove jewellery, rinse and polish with a clean, dry cloth.