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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Designers have always crafted beautiful charm bracelets and still do today. Pictured below are charm bracelets from Dior and Chanel.
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.
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.
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!
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All the best and happy 2013! Jordin