A woman wearing a necklace made of red, green and white flowers on a roadside in the Himalayas has sparked a conversation among some of her fellow drivers on Twitter, as the internet is awash with comments about the color of the jewelry.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she wore the necklace as a reminder of her love for India, but it has become a conversation piece among drivers.
She is one of hundreds of women in India who wear bracelets made of different colors of flowers on the country’s roads.
They are often decorated with photographs of the country, or the stars and stripes of the national flag, or even the names of their loved ones.
Some of the bracelets are made of precious stones like ruby, emerald, emery, sapphire or carnelian, which are also used in jewelry.
“It is a symbol of our love for our homeland, which has made it popular in the Indian market,” said the woman, named Surya.
Surya, a 30-year-old marketing professional from Kolkata, who said she wears the necklace for personal safety, said the jewelry has become so popular that she has been asked to change drivers’ driving habits and stop wearing the jewelry in their cars.
The necklaces are made from rare earth metals, like lead, tin and cadmium, which have a low melting point and are used in car batteries and in the electronics industry.
They were first introduced in the late 1970s to power mobile phones.
Suffice to say, they are expensive.
“The price of these gems ranges from Rs1,000 to Rs2,000 depending on their quality and shape,” said Shobha Singh, head of the National Centre for Mineral Deposits in Bengaluru.
The necklace was first introduced by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
A woman, with a necklace of red and green flowers in her hand, is seen driving in a public vehicle.
The Indian road safety department has started to regulate the sale of bracelets, and the department has issued guidelines for drivers who want to change their driving habits.
However, Singh said the government is still not taking action against the bracelet sellers.
“There are some women who are selling them in India, and they have no responsibility to anyone.
But we do have a department that investigates these issues,” she said.