Collecting trinkets over time can be thought of as a particularly human quality, as we’re holding onto to little treasures that remind us of events, friends and family. While some people hold onto ticket stubs and confetti, another way of remembering precious moments is with a charm bracelet.
While there have been many incarnations of the charm bracelet, from slick, slide on charms, to small figurines which have to be soldered onto the links, the meaning has remained the same, holding a special place in the heart of the wearer.
A reflection of history
Charms, in some shape or form, have been part of various cultures around the world for thousands of years. From Ancient Rome, to China and Japan, charms have been used throughout the centuries to grant the wearer good luck or protection.
Charm bracelets as we think of them now went through a resurgence in popularity around the Second World War, when soldiers would bring home their loved ones small souvenir trinkets from their travels, according to encyclopedia.com.
Even Queen Victoria was a fan – known for wearing a charm bracelet that held sixteen small oval and heart-shaped lockets with various engravings.
Charm bracelets are wonderful because they tell a story. I want to know more about the woman who owned this bracelet. I can guess she knitted, loved fashion, prayed, had a son or a grandson, and was loved. What will your charm bracelet tell people about you some day? #vintage #vintagejewelry #vintageisbetter #vintagecharacter #vintagecharacteronetsy #forsale #forsaleonetsy #forsaleonvintagecharacter #forher #giftsforher #giftsformom #mothersdaygifts #charms #charmbracelets #silvercharms #silvercharmbracelet
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Charms are either bought or given as a gift to commemorate a special occasion, allowing the wearer to be reminded of it with a glance at their bracelet. In addition, charm bracelets allow the wearer to express themselves, with no right or wrong way to build up the bracelet.
“Truly, to wear one is to wear your history upon your sleeve,” jewellery designer Tracey Zabar tells National Public Radio.
“And while the adornments women choose have always been an expression of personal style, few ornaments, barring the engagement ring, have held as dear a place in women’s hearts – or create as big a commotion, both literally and figuratively – as the charm bracelet.”
If you’re looking to start your own journey with a charm bracelet, pop into your local Showcase Jewellers and try a sterling silver belcher bracelet, then embellish away with beautiful charms.
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