Women are known for their love of jewelry. And why not – beautiful jewelry and accessories can adorn their ears, neck, wrists and ankles. The designs and type of accessories continues to evolve because of the constant demand. One of the most in-demand types and something that is often worn is the bracelet. A Bracelet is an accessory that is worn around the wrist (or sometimes the ankle – anklet). It may be made from different materials like leather, metal or cloth and, of course, gold, silver and pearls. Different types of bracelets are seen circulating around but one of the most traditional types – though less worn today – of bracelet is called the charm bracelet.
A charm bracelet is a kind of bracelet containing several pendants or trinkets adorning the chain. The pendants are referred to as charms. The owner of the bracelet herself usually handpicks the charms that are attached to the chain. Charms may also be given as a gift and can reflect the particular interests of desires of the wearer. Charm bracelets are often heard tingling because of the collision of the different charms attached to the chain.
A charm bracelet may still be popular nowadays but its history traces back to something more spiritual. During the ancient times, charms were worn to drive out evil spirits. People believed that when an individual wore it, they were able to cast away bad luck. Before, charms were not necessarily precious stones or metals. They could just be anything that a person considered to be a source of good fortune. Also, they didn’t necessarily put the charms in a bracelet form. They just made sure to take the charms everywhere they went.
Then the Egyptian Pharaohs started putting valuable stones into charms and in bracelet forms. They used charm bracelets as a status symbol. Aside from that, they also believed that charm bracelets could help the gods to guide the wearer ands allow him or her to have proper status in the after life.
The spiritual concept of charm bracelets started to fade during the twentieth century when Queen Victoria decided to use them for fashion. Then it was considered to be the age when charm bracelets started to be recognized as an item of fashion and not as tools for life.
After this event, charm bracelets continued to evolve as different kinds of charms became available on the market. During the 1940s, there was a craze wherein charms made from celluloid were collected by kids from gumball machines and candy boxes. Kids would collect these and string them into a beaded chain. During the 1950s, charm bracelets became a must-have accessory for women. Women used the bracelets to record important events in their life like their graduation, their wedding and the arrival of children. However, during the early part of the 1970s, the craze for charm bracelets decreased because the new fad was plain gold chains.
It was during the 1990s when a huge demand for vintage charms sprung up. During this time, charms were sold at a bigger price but still the demand didn’t go down. The fad for charm bracelets continued since fashion giants like Louis Vuitton brought back their glamour in 2001.