History of Charm Bracelets
A charm bracelet chronicles a woman’s life with each token of treasured moments. A charm bracelet reveals a moment in the passage of time and brings with it a flood of memories about achievements, encounters, events, and milestones.
Clanging and jangling from a woman’s mother or grandmother’s hand, each charm represents a page in a woman’s life. Some women inherit a charm bracelet as heirlooms, and all the charms that signify a historical moment. Other women decide to start their own charm bracelet, so they can pass it along as a piece of their legacy.
A charm bracelet journals a person’s life.
Charm bracelets were worn in prehistoric civilizations in the form of shells, teeth, or other natural elements to ward off bad spirits. Amulets, talismans made from rocks, wood, and gems, were worn as protective shields. They also were used to identify people to the gods in the afterlife.
Charms slightly transformed in Roman times to represent religious and spiritual believers secretly conveying a common bond. Jews, for example, wore gold charms with passages of law to keep their faith close to their hearts.
Various cultures viewed charms as protective, and knights and soldiers wore them to keep them safe in battle. During the Renaissance Era, the charms lost their charm because people could read and reduce their belief that charms had a supernatural power.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, women wore chains dangling from their waists with sewing items and magnifying glasses. It’s believed these items were predecessors to charm bracelets, as well as men’s watch chains that incorporated the family crest or a person’s hobby. By the 1930s, one of the most influential fashion designers, Elsa Schiaparelli, wore her grandfather’s watch chain filled with antique fobs and intaglios. It was one of her signature pieces.
It wasn’t until Queen Victoria’s reign that charms not only reached the height of popularity, but the Queen’s love for all types of charms deemed them fashionable among the elite and wealthy throughout Europe. She also introduced a new type of charm—sentimental and romantic-which could be seen in the charm bracelets she wore and those she gave as gifts. Her influence left such as imprint that the same motifs and symbolism represented in her day were again reflected in more modern styles of charms throughout the middle to later part of the 20th century, as well as current designs.
Queen Victoria’s reign brought the sentimentality of charms, signifying when she first met and fell in love with Prince Albert. Other charms revealed secret messages of love and endearment during the Victorian Era. Queen Victoria set the tone for trends during the industrial revolution, creating charms in fashion for women of all demographics.
In 1889, Tiffany & Co. came out with a single heart charm on a dainty bracelet. It was a hit. During the latter part of the 19th century, hearts, four-leaf clovers, birds, and flowers were all worn, and each had different meanings. Charms were evolving into an individual and fashionable statement of a woman’s journey in life through jewelry.
Pandora Jewelry and Pandora Charms
Per Ennevoldsen founded in 1982 the Pandora Co. Initially, the company started as a family-run jewelry shop in Copenhagen. The company is known for its customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, earrings, necklaces, and watches. Pandora charms have become a way for women to express their individual style and journey, and to honor special memories.
There are Murano glass charms for color and Pandora Essence charms to help represent your style, inner hopes, and desires for life. To add a flavor of magic, they offer Disney charms and Pet charms.
The pricing for Pandora charms and bracelets is affordable, and charms purchased at a pawn shop that is pre-owned create an opportunity for you to own or give all the features you would want at an affordable cost.