Steeped in history and royalty…………
The custom of wearing charm bracelets dates back thousands of years, and though the materials and designs on them have changed, the concept itself has never gone out of style. Charm Bracelets were worn by Medieval Knights for protection in battle and they were also worn in the Dark Ages to represent family origin, religious and political convictions. Kings wore these fashionable pieces of jewellery
Charm bracelets have been the subject of several waves of trends. Queen Victoria, lovingly known as the Queen of Charm wore charm bracelets that started a fashion among the European noble classes. Queen Victoria loved the charm lockets where she kept photographs of her favorite Royal Family members.
Soldiers returning home after World War II brought home trinkets made by craftsmen local to the area where they were fighting to give to loved ones.
In the US, American teenagers in the 1950s and early 1960s collected charms to record the events in their lives. Although interest and production waned through the latter part of the 20th century, there was a resurgence of popularity after 2000 and collectors eagerly sought out vintage charms. Gumball Charms in the 1940s and Bobby Socks and Disco charm bracelets in the 1950s were really popular. Today some of the original classic charm bracelets sell for up to $5,000 in auctions and eBay Jewellery.
After the very popular movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, starring Johnny Depp, the fashion in winter 2006 was bracelets with little charms of swords, crosses and skulls.
European charm bracelets suddenly emerged and these modular bracelets consisted of a chain onto which different beads or 'charms' can be attached. Very popular, the charms were made from gold, silver or glass and are interchangeable to allow the wearer to create their own look.
In the UK the most successful brand of European charm bracelet is Pandora, Lovelinks, and recently Truth Jewellery. Today’s current fashion for modular jewelry builds on the success that 'Add A Bead' jewelry had in the 1980's.
In 2001, a new fashion was launched for Italian charm bracelets, in which the charms are snapped onto the body of the bracelet rather than dangled from it. Italian charms are flat, modular links that hook together to form an Italian charm bracelet, keychain, or other accessories. While traditional charms dangle, Italian Charms feature individual pieces soldered flat onto the surface of the link. Some high fashion names such as Louis Vuitton and Juicy Couture have begun issuing their own collectible Italian charms.
In the past two-three years, young designers of hand made vintage charm jewellery have emerged in the UK and Ireland and their charm bracelets and charm necklaces are the most sought-after pieces by the fashion conscious public and even celebrities.
Charm Bracelets has evaluated and examined most of today’s collections of charm bracelets and we certainly recommend the very popular Pandora charm bracelets, choose your bracelet and then choose and add your favorite charms. Unfortunately they are mass produced and flood the market. Truth Jewellery and their range of charm bracelets are very similar to Pandora, but can be expensive when you add up the cost of the bracelet and even three or four charms.
In Ireland we discovered an on-line shop called Victoria Charms that promotes and sells exclusively a range of unique hand made vintage charm bracelets by the young Scottish designer, Louise Pringle. Absolutely beautiful and exquisite they are worn by fashion celebrities in Ireland such as Virginia Macari of RTE fame, Pippa O’Connor Dublin socialite celebrity engaged to Brian Ormond and Jenny Lee Masterson, one of Ireland’s top fashion models. The charm bracelets are very reasonably priced between €69 and €89, very affordable, but they are all individual “one-off” pieces, they have a signature watch, expandable bracelet, and up to 8-9 wonderful charms. Victoria Charms tell us that Louise Pringle hand makes every one and collects the vintage charms every week on her travels. Hare are the Victoria Charms Top 3 vintage charm bracelets and our recommended link to Victoria Charm Bracelets
Finally, we have been reliably informed that an Irish company is about to release an all-new charm bracelet to the European community. It’s called “Search” and it features a silver bracelet with SIX charms making up the letters and colors of the world famous “GOOGLE”……now that is what we call innovation.
Perhaps everyone will call it the Google Charm Bracelet or just Search….that’s what Google does best. See the first released photo of this new charm bracelet. It sounds much better than a Yahoo Charm Bracelet or a Bing Charm Bracelet. We are going to release the first 100 Google Charm Bracelets here in Ireland, would you like to be in the Top 100 Google fashion celebrities…..