For many centuries men and women have been wearing charms as amulets to protect them from evil spirits, or as amulets for luck and prosperity. Weaving charm bracelets seems to have been started by the ancient Egyptians who wore them as signs of their devotion and to carry with them to the afterlife, in order that the gods could identify them and give them their correct position.
The early Christians in Rome transported a charm shaped as a fish to recognize one another. In the Dark Ages, they were used for religious and political recognition and to indicate the family of the bearer. Knights in the Middle Ages carried them to protect them in battle and the common people also them. During the Renaissance the use faded, especially by the richer classes, as people became better educated and less inclined to be superstitious. Nonetheless the less knowledgeable poor classes still wore charms as protection against evil and to give them good luck.
The wearing of charms and particularly charm bracelets was revitalized in Great Britain by Queen Victoria who wore a gold bracelet with lockets containing images of her close family. This had a great influence on charm bracelet wearing by the general population who began to wear them, not as amulets, but as decorative items. Lockets, family crests and beads became the mode of the day. Following the conclusion of World War 2 there was a huge upsurge of charm wearing as soldiers brought back gems and beads to their fiancees from different countries of the world. Craftsmen in the US picked up the trend and began to make gold charm jewelry. Ever since the wearing of thgis type of jewelry has continued to boom.
Nowadays a broad diversity of pendants, earrings and charm bracelets are available with bracelets being the most invited. The precious metals, silver and gold, are usually used though some people favor bracelets made from beads or seed pearls with precious metal charms. Bracelets differ in price from less than $ 100 to over $ 1000 so are within everyone's finances. There are scores of types of religious charms depicting saints and a basic selection of charms depicting objects and animals including hearts, cupids, crosses, dolphins etc.