A charm bracelet consists of a link band to which various small, dangling pieces known as charms are attached. Their number and style are subject to the various fashions. From the spiritual and complex meaning of the ancient Egyptian and medieval charms to their aesthetic appeal in contemporary style, these jewelry items with a rich history are always attractive and desired by women of nay age and status.
Charm bracelets are one piece of jewelry that never truly goes out of style, and right now they are as popular as they have ever been, thanks to their amazing versatility. They can be assorted to more than enough outfit styles, from the sultry and sexy to the practical and sporty. It is truly a pleasure to wear them. Apart from the charms themselves, there are other pretty pieces to intersperse them, like beads, pearls or semi-precious stones. These add color and body to the piece of jewelry.
The best known type of charm bracelets is the dangling one, followed by the European and the Italian or Pandora style. Each type has its own unique style of charms which define it. The dangling is the traditional one, with a base made of interlocking links of stainless steel, gold, silver or comfortable materials like leather and fabric, to be worn around the wrists. Typical charms are represented by common symbols like a heart for love and romance, a coin for prosperity, a dice for gambler’s luck, four-leaf clover, horseshoe, hamsa hand or representations of animals. These can be made of differently hued metals, like sterling silver, gold, bronze and copper. A trend connected to the New Age is represented by the Chinese charms – jade carvings, bronze miniatures of coins, bells, money bags, turtles, frogs, pictograms or spiritual symbols like Yin-Yang.
The European charm bracelet or the Pandora type is using beads on a rope-like base and the weather may choose whichever mix they prefer. Apart from the popular glass beads, there are gemstones, motifs with initials or various themes. The Murano glass beads are famous for their uniqueness and the embedded colors. The interesting part about the European design is the round bead charms that can form any desired pattern. Each Pandora bracelet has three segments of threading. The beads are screwed onto this and each is free to rotate. In terms of material, countless combinations are possible. Metal, glass, gemstone, wood are equally good choices. Matching earring and rings are also available to complete the look. The patented threading system makes the Pandora bracelets special and unique. Concerning the charms, each season brings new inventions and keeps the design dynamic and appealing.
A recent addition to the market is the Italian charm bracelet, all made of flat pieces interlock with each other, just like in a watch band. Any of these can be changed when the owner want to do so. It is, therefore, another highly customizable design. The traditionally rectangular pieces are made of stainless steel and gold charms are soldered on top. These usually represent letters of the alphabet, zodiac signs, ribbons to support causes, religious symbols and so on. Each link has it own image, and there are usually eighteen of them. This design that emerged in Italy is totally new, as no charms are dangling on a chain. The flat links are an original way to tell a story – each time a different one, if desired.
No matter the type, a charm bracelet is versatile and offers countless possibilities to express a personality or to gather memories, at the same time making a style statement and displaying beauty through its mix of colors and textures.