The Origins of Charm Bracelets

July 13th, 2015

Sterling Silver Charm BraceletCharms have been worn by people in cultures around the world for thousands of years. Also called talismans, they were worn to bring luck and protect the wearer from harm. The first culture to document the wearing of charms on bracelets was 700 B.C. Babylon.
 
Early charms were made of semi-precious stones and rock crystals with design inscribed upon them. Elaborate charms were worn by the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, with simpler versions being worn by the average people, for protection in the afterlife. Also frequently worn during the middle ages, charms were believed to protect their wearer from magic.
 
The industrial revolution signified a turning point in the making of jewelry and charms. During this period, technology was introduced that made the mining process much easier and safer, allowing for the mass production of all types of jewelry. As jewelry became affordable to the middle class, Queen Victoria of England made charms a fashion statement by wearing lockets and beads on necklaces and bracelets.
 
As soldiers returned home from World War II, they brought with them gifts for their wives and children, including handmade replicas of items and sites they saw during their wartime travels. These charms became extraordinarily popular for the memories they represented, and by 1950 jewelers throughout the Europe and the United States began making their own versions.
 
The charm bracelet became a popular gift for young girls, with additions made for each rite of passage and celebration in their life. These beautiful gifts make a great first bracelet for a daughter or granddaughter, and can be added on to display your memories together throughout the years.
 
Interested in purchasing charms or a bracelet of your own? Neptune Silver has a wide array of charms, with options for every occasion! Visit us online or at 2715 National Circle in Garland, Texas to learn more.
 

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