Anklets have been worn by women and girls over thousands of years in South Africa, where it is known as pattilu, payal and nupur. During Egypt's predynastic times, gold ankle chains were extremely common among wealthy women and silver or copper anklets decorated with beads and small bells were common among dancers.
Ankle bracelets play an important role within the Indian culture; on their wedding day, brides wear it as symbol of love and union keeping it afterwards to show their marital status. Younger and single ladies would wear heavier ankle chains which signifies bravery and pride.
It wasn't until the 20th century when ankle chains arrived to the western culture; by 1970 these ornaments were very popular within free spirited young ladies who stood up for freedom and women rights. Nowadays, ankle bracelets are a persevering fashion statement. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Ashley Olsen have been seen wearing anklets in red carpets and different occasions.