Charm Bracelets

Charm Bracelets

Charm bracelets are metal bracelets with small metal ornaments attached, though some can contain precious and semi-precious stones. Charm bracelets serve many different purposes to the wearer such protection, and charm for good luck. Each charm bracelet can be personalized with a special meaning to the wearer.

Today, there are these other types of charm bracelets: The Italian Charm bracelet and the Pandora Charm Bracelet.

An Italian charm bracelet is a series of individual modular links hooked together on a stretchy band to form a single charm bracelet.

Pandora charm bracelet is a chain with beaded charms attached to the chain. Some may be attached with tiny pendants.

The wearer can add other charms to his or her charm bracelet that are of a special significance. This is why they are so special to the wearer. It is a sort of visual autobiography telling others about the wearer likes and beliefs.

People wore amulets and talismans on their body since ancient times, either to ward off evil spirits or for protection and blessings. Naturally organic items like shells, animal-bones and clay were used. Later charms were made out of gems, rocks, wood and metal.

As early as 75,000 years ago, there was evidence that ancient Africans used shells as ornamental charms. In Germany intricately carved mammoth tusk charms were unearthed and found to be around 30,000 years old. It was said that in Egypt, charms were used as identification similar to our personal ID.

Charm bracelets worn by Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Hittites began appearing from 600 – 400 BC.

Queen Victoria being a fashion icon in her time, wore charm bracelets that contained lockets as well as portraits of her deceased's husband hair.

The Egyptians wore a charm bracelet with a beetle as a means of protection now and in the afterlife.

In 1889 at the Paris Exposition, Tiffani & Co. introduced for the first time the silver bracelet with a heart charm.

During World War I and II, charm bracelets became popular. Soldiers would send to their beloved bracelets of lockets with their photos on them, and small metal ornaments of small jeeps and helmets. These charm bracelets were made of silver but some were made of turquoise. These charm bracelets which are now a collector’s items set a trend for ‘Sweetheart Jewelry.’