In ancient times people wore jewelry as a way to show their position within a society. The ancient Egyptian pharaohs would adorn them with large gold neck pieces, earrings and bracelets to show their wealth and to let others know they were the ruler. Egyptians were not the only ones that would wear such magnificent jewels. Jewelry is found in one form or another in many ancient ruins and tombs.
Today we wear jewelry for a wide variety of reasons but the most popular one is that it makes us feel good. People wear all sorts of sparkling accessories. Women enjoy wearing earrings and necklaces that enhance the appearance of their clothing. Each piece is specifically worn to add a little extra color and flash. Other pieces of jewelry are symbolic, like a wedding ring to show marriage or a charm bracelet to mark special moments.
Charm bracelets are increasingly popular because you can wear small remembrances of special milestones or moments in your life on them. You could have charms to represent members of your family, your career or a hobby. Whatever is special or important in your life can be captured on a charm.
Charms can be made from gold, silver, or pewter. All of these metals work great for charms and bracelets but vary greatly in price. Gold is the most expensive by far. Silver is reasonable but also can become cost if you are purchasing a large number of charms. Pewter works great for charms. It is light weight, beautiful and is inexpensive plus pewter comes in a wide variety of styles.
Charms are not the only jewelry items made out of pewter. You can also purchase earrings, pendants and other jewelry findings including rosary centers made from high quality pewter. These pewter pieces do not even have to be used for jewelry. Pewter charms are also found on bookmarks, key chains and even scrapbook pages. There are a number of uses for charms made from pewter. It really is only limited by your own creativity.
With so many uses, pewter really is a great medium for charms. Plus, the price is so reasonable that either you are a hobbyist, a store owner or even someone searching for a fund raising product, you will be able to do more for less.
When purchasing pewter, make sure it is lead free. Lead has unfortunately been found in jewelry imported into the US. These pieces of leaded jewelry have found themselves in the hands of children.
There have been many cases of children becoming ill after accidentally swallowing these pieces. Lead poisoning can be fatal. You will find many manufactures in the United States who offer a completely lead free pewter product.