Gold charm bracelets are some of the most versatile jewelry pieces available. The timeless appeal of gold is further enhanced by the addition of charms supposedly to ward off evil and dangers. Not only that, charms can also serve as family heirlooms, lasting for years.
In earlier days, people would use special items as charms. These included the almost proverbial rabbit's foot, which was supposedly to bless the wearer with increased luck. Later on, as time progressed, these beliefs slowly faded away, leaving charms as just another way of making a fashion statement. During the 1950's, sporting charms was a rage in the world of fashion. The trend slowly declined in the 60's, picking up again in the 70's. Even now, wearing a charm is considered to be the trademark of a fashion-savvy individual. Also, charms are no longer those "special items", but pieces of gold or other precious metals in interesting shapes.
Gold charm bracelets – where it all started
The most traditional charms available include chain link charm bracelets. Gold bracelets are the in-thing right now, and these bracelets lead the frontline of the product ranges. The gold chain bracelet consists of a series of loops. The charms are attached to these loops. The bracelets of this kind were first designed by Paolo Gensini, an Italian jewelry designer in the late 80's. In the original design, the links are attached to one another with point-to-point connections, giving a stretchy look to the entire product. This is the most popular style of these pieces even today. A second style, also getting quite popular, has a rounded bracelet and the tokens are clamped around it. The arrangement allows the tokens to spin around, giving a distinct look to the total arrangement.
Taking care of gold charm bracelets
As with any other trendy jewelry, these pieces require little maintenance. Simply soaking these in warm water with some gentle liquid soap added to it, followed by a wipe with a soft, dry cloth will keep these looking like new for a long time to come. Care should be taken not to wipe the charms that are enameled in a rough manner. This may tarnish the enamel coating. Also, chemicals must not be used to clean the bracelets, to make sure that the painted charms are not harmed by the cleaning. Regular jewelry cleaners can be used to clean the bracelet itself, and this is a better alternative, as it will remove any residues that might have accrued on the bracelet, due to exposure to sweat and moisture.
Gold charm bracelets are some of the most trendy jewelry pieces available. With proper maintenance, these can last for years and perfectly complete almost any contemporary ensemble with élan.