It’s been traditional in Turkish villages for women to wear the family savings on their arms.
Gold bangles are nice to look at, and they’re also fairly standard in terms of weight, purity and value, so they can easily be traded for cash when times are tight.
They’re also pretty good status symbols: the more you have to wear, the richer you obviously are.
Hence gold bangle stores, like this one in Istanbul‘s Egyptian (Spice) Market(Mısır Çarşısı) in Eminönü on the Golden Horn.
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but Mom’s gold bangles keep the family solvent.