Jewelry with a story

charm1Remember as kids, every girl would have her own set of beads and assortments that she would string together to make pieces of jewelry. The DIY boxes occupied many a sunny afternoons and helped us hone our crafty side. Be it charm bracelets, anklets or plastic necklaces, we would make them all.

As we get older, the choice of jewelry we wear defines us, right from necklaces, earrings to charm bracelets. From kitschy miniatures of the Eiffel Tower to decorative pendants or trinkets and other figurines, charm bracelets reveal a lot about the people who wear them.

This jingly adornment was said to have carried talismans to repel evil and bring good luck. Tracing the accessory back to ancient times, we find that it was as early as the Neolithic period that charms were used. It was during the period of Egyptian pharaohs that the first recognizable charm bracelets and necklaces first appeared.

THE APPEAL OF CHARMS

There is something intricately charming about charm bracelets. While some would wear whatever comes in handy, for others, charm bracelets are more personal and is symbolic of what they hold close to their heart. Charm bracelets tend to tell a story unique to its owner and chronicles the small moments in a life lived.

It was in the year 1889 that the world’s leading jeweler; Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet – a link bracelet with a single heart dangling from it. In the 50s and 60s, screen stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford popularized charm bracelets.

Charm bracelets were reintroduced in 1976 by a Danish jewelry company called Trollbeads. Fashion giants like Louis Vuitton have brought the glamour back to charm bracelets and have declared them as the must have accessory for any occasion. And if the past is to be taken in consideration, then charm bracelets have firmly been rooted as a classic for quite some time.

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