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History of Charm Bracelets
Charm bracelets have been popular from as early as 500 B.C., when Assyrians, Babylonians and even Persians wore charms which they associated with special powers. In recent years gold charms and silver charms are becoming popular once again.
Charm jewelry was also very popular during Victorian times in England, when charm bracelets were standard attire among fashionable women seeking spiritual protection and trendy jewelry. Queen Victoria was known to wear charm bracelets containing tiny pictures of family members.
Charm fashions did not become popular in U.S. until 1940s, when soldiers often collected gold and silver charms from cities they visited during war.
Today charm jewelry is most often purchased as a keepsake; many charms are theme based, while others are sentimental in nature, often purchased as a souvenir of a trip or reminder of a special occasion. Charms are even passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms, often given to children when younger.
Owners may add their own charms to bracelets over time, including those representing favorite places, hobbies and interests.
Italian Charm Bracelets
Italian charm bracelets are slightly different from traditional silver charms or gold charms. Most charm bracelets are fashioned with charms dangling from a chain; Italian charm bracelets however, are made with charms soldered to flat links that can be removed from a stretch bracelet. Charms can easily be switched on and off depending on owners personal preference. Italian charm bracelets are a unique and fun twist on standard charm bracelet because they are dynamic, fun to wear and trendy. Popular among young and old alike, these link style charm bracelets are usually made of high quality, hypo-allergenic stainless steel. The actual charms may be fashioned from a variety of different materials including 14 or 18k gold.
Most charm bracelets come in standard sizes, small-medium-large. For Italian charm bracelets these sizes are categorized as follows:
- Small – includes 17 charm links
- Medium – contains 18 charm links
- Large – contains 19 charm links
Traditional Charm Bracelets
Traditional charm bracelets are made of a silver or gold chain with charms dangling. There are literally hundreds of different styles and themes to choose from when purchasing traditional charm jewelry. Some of more common themes and styles of charm bracelets available include:
- Beach lover themes
- Victorian style charms
- Vintage charm jewelry
- Memoir or locket style charms
- Silver charms
- Gold charms
- Gemstone charms
Traditional charm bracelets make superb gifts. You can literally find a charm to represent almost any interest, hobby or theme. Sports, animals, travel, landscapes... you name it! In world of charms, almost anything is possible. Many people enjoy receiving and exchanging charms as part of a hobby or friendship building. Others pass on charm jewelry as part of family traditions. Charm jewelry fashioned with lockets is most commonly type used for family heirlooms. Perhaps best facet of charm gifts is that they can be modified at any point in time to reflect a person's changing interests and style preferences. Bracelets or chains can even be upgraded over time without losing original charms.