If you like to follow fashion, you might already know that a charm bracelet can add a much needed sparkle to your outfit. But be weary though, and have a good look around for the one that suits you best. If you buy cheap you might end up getting something poor quality.
If you choose to wear a charm bracelet, why not go for a designer piece. Designer Jewellery is usually higher quality compared to other branded charm bracelets.
What is a Charm Bracelet?
A charm Bracelet is a piece of jewellery worn on the wrist. Attached to the bracelet are little hooks in which you can attach a number of charms, decorative pendants or trinkets. In the past the main purpose of a charm bracelet was to collect a memento of significant things you wanted to remember.
Now days it seems to be more of a fashion statement and does not carry as much sentimental value. That is not to say you can’t give meaning to your charms. By all means do, if it makes it you value the bracelet more.
It is speculated that wearing charms may have stemmed from the idea of using charms to ward off evil spirits or bad luck.
Did you know charm bracelets can be traced back over thousands of years? The first charms were made from shells, clay and animal bones. Soon people began to work out how to make the charms from wood, rocks and later gems. The materials started to look prettier and were easier to make and maintain.
Using a Charm Bracelet as aForm of Identity
One of the biggest uses of charms in ancient times was so that people could secretly identify each other in times of difficulty. In roman times, when practitioners of Christianity were still being persecuted and no one could be trusted, Christians began to wear a tiny fish charm, known as the ichthys, which was hidden in the clothing. Often hidden near the sleeve, they would show it to another person. If they knew what it was and responded in the correct way, then it was safe to communicate with them.
Another ancient way charm bracelets where used, were by the ancient Egyptians. They would give personalised charm bracelets to the dead or dying so that their gods could recognise them in the afterlife.
Why Get One?
Compared to other pieces of Designer Jewellery, a charm bracelet is completely customisable. You can pick and choose what charms you would like on the bracelet and they are usually quite easy to fit by yourself. If you decide you no longer like a charm, you can just take it off and put another one on.
You can buy bracelets with charms already attached or you can buy a blank one with room for your own charms.
Styles of Bracelet
As with most jewellery, there is a lot to choose from in terms of style and finish. The majority come in silver, gold or Rose gold. It really depends on what you are after in terms of which type you go for. Here we list some of the most popular:
- Locket Charm Bracelets. These charm bracelets have a large charm attached that can be opened to fit things inside. Similar to a locket necklace, you can lace anything you like inside. Be it sentimental or even just something you like the look of.
- Bead Charm Bracelets. These are pretty self-explanatory, they are beaded Typically these bracelets are made entirely from beads and have extra beads that hang down at random points on the bracelet. These are more generic than other bracelets, as well as a cheaper alternative. This type is not as easy to customise as the beads are usually a permanent fixture. If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful, or it’s your first time buying a charm bracelet and you don’t know where to begin, then this would be a good place to start.
- Silver Charm Bracelets. These are the most common types of bracelets, they are the most versatile, easy to maintain and generally look nicer compared to other types. Many silver charm bracelets are considered to be Designer Jewellery, and there is a vast range of charms to choose from. There are also gold charm bracelets, which also look fantastic when looked after properly. In the end, one is not better than the other; it really comes down to choice and personal preference. You also need to bear in mind what charms you may want to add as this may affect your decision on which bracelet to buy first. Some people like to mix charms, others don’t.Find out what works for you.