History of Charms and Charm Bracelets

A charm bracelet’s beauty is timeless. From crude pieces of stone to carefully crafted, gilded ornaments, charms have survived countless transformations across the millennia.

Timeless Beauty

People of the Neolithic era would carry shards of rock and debris in an attempt to ward off danger. Eventually, charms in ancient Egypt became more ornate, refined with precious metals to prepare souls for the afterlife.

Charms and charm bracelets have also been used as protective talismans, symbols of the gods and markers of spirituality. Christians in the Roman Empire concealed ichthys, or “fish,” charms as symbols of their faith. In the Middle Ages, warring knights and kings used charms in the hopes of defeating their opponents.

By the twentieth century, charms evolved from their purpose as mystical objects to their more recognizable role as fashion accessories. Once Queen Victoria started wearing charms as decorative mementos, the charm bracelet became highly popular, often featuring small lockets, beads and family portraits.

Heart CharmAt the close of WWII, soldiers returned home with
handcrafted trinkets they collected while stationed abroad, giving these as gifts to their wives and sweethearts. Soon enough, American jewelers began offering charms on a more massive scale, creating styles for every mood and occasion.

The rich history of charms and charm bracelets reveals just how essential and enduring these pieces have become. Each charm often signifies a memory, moment or person held close to the heart. Because of its interchangeable nature, each charm bracelet has the unique ability to reflect the personal tastes and milestones of its wearer.

It’s never too early or too late to start your own collection. Browse our new selection of charms and charm bracelets to discover what touches your heart.


Featured image by Lamoucheuk [CC BY-SA 3.0]

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