A 14 K yellow gold slider bracelet with 6 cameo charms, opal, sapphire and ruby.  Eliteauction.com

A 14 K yellow gold antique slider bracelet with 6 cameo charms, opal, sapphire and ruby. eliteauction.com

What is it about the charm bracelet that so attracts us? It’s probably because it is much more than a piece of jewelry. What makes the charm bracelet both charming and valuable is that it represents all the important moments and milestones in our lives.

I have recently seen brides wearing their charm bracelet. What a fabulous idea! If you don’t have one yet, start one now so that even if all you have are a couple of charms on your bracelet it will add that personal, intimate touch especially to your ceremony. And don’t forget, you can have more than one charm bracelet!

Neither of these bracelets have much monetary value yet they can be priceless to the owner!

Neither of these bracelets have much monetary value yet they can be priceless to the owner!

The wearing of charms dates back thousands of years. Today, we can trace our love for the charm bracelet back to Queen Victoria. She started this fashion trend among the European upper classes in the 19th century. She was known to give them as gifts to family members which included most of the European nobility! When her beloved Prince Albert died she created the “mourning” charm bracelet that included a lock of hair and a miniature portrait of the deceased.

Above centre: Queen Victoria who loved to collect and give charm bracelets. Above left: a replica of the original 1889 charm bracelet from Tiffany's. Above right: a Victorian mourning charm bracelet  from twistedalchemy on Etsy.

Above centre: Queen Victoria who loved to collect and give charm bracelets. Above left: a replica of the original 1889 charm bracelet from Tiffany’s. Above right: a Victorian inspired mourning charm bracelet from twistedalchemy on Etsy.

Charm bracelets continued to be popular throughout the 20th century. They reflected what was popular at the time. In the 1920’s and 30’s diamonds, cameos, small photos and art deco themes were all the rage.

Art deco, diamond and cameo charm bracelets from the 1920'2 and 30's. Many available for sale on Ebay.

Art deco, diamond and cameo charm bracelets from the 1920’2 and 30’s. Many available for sale on Ebay.

Charm bracelets from the 1940’s and 50’s reflected the post-war era and all the many changes in culture. Women added the souvenier charms and dog-tags that soldiers brought home with them. Semi-precious stones, movie stars – both real and animated – became popular and charms for all occasions were crafted by jewelers.

1940's/World War II charm bracelets.

1940’s/World War II charm bracelets.

From the 1960’s to the 1980’s charm bracelets continued to be big and chunky with lots of charms, very much like the 1950’s. Girls would receive them for their 16th or 18th birthdays (I think that’s when my mom got one) or for an engagement or wedding present. That charms can be added or removed depending on the occasion or mood is what has kept charm bracelets extremely popular.

A chunky silver charm bracelet from the 1960's.

A chunky silver charm bracelet from the 1960’s. Photo source antiquesavenue.co.uk

Designers have always crafted beautiful charm bracelets and still do today. Pictured below are charm bracelets from Dior and Chanel.

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As the century turned Italian charm bracelets became the rage with their totally different look. Just like the traditional chain bracelet, you can build your own bracelet with hundreds of different snap on charms to choose from.

Italian charm bracelets have been the rage for over a decade. Photo source ~ bidorbuy.co.za

Italian charm bracelets have been the rage for over a decade. Photo source ~ bidorbuy.co.za

Most recent to create beautiful charm bracelets is Pandora Jewellers.

Most recent to create beautiful charm bracelets is Pandora Jewellers.

This simple yet stunning bracelet can include your birthstone plus an infinity charm. Perfect for bride or bridesmaid. Found on Etsy at BijouxbyMeg

This simple yet stunning bracelet can include your birthstone plus an infinity charm. Perfect for bride or bridesmaid. Found on Etsy at BijouxbyMeg

Or, if you like the idea of attaching a charm to your bouquet and then later to your charm bracelet one of our officiants, Rev. Deb Vaughan, makes these lovely angel charms to especially remember loved ones at the ceremony.

These lovely angel charms are crafted by had using crystal, pearl and glass beads.

These lovely angel charms are crafted by had using crystal, pearl and glass beads.

For this post I created a Pinterest board on charm bracelets. I hope you enjoy it! And, if you have a charm bracelet or story you’d like to share on my Pinterest board, please let me know. I’d love to pin it!

I have just recently celebrated my first year as The Wedding World Blogger! Thank you to everyone who visited my blog! It means so much to me.

All the best and happy 2013! Jordin

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