Charms have been around since Ancient Egypt, or before. They were used to ward off evil spirits, or as symbols of faith and luck. Charms helped the ancient Egyptians find their way in the afterlife. Medieval knights wore them for protection. Christians identified others of like faith with the sign of the fish.
It was Queen Victoria, in the early 20th century, who made the charm bracelet popular and who started a trend among the European nobles. Trends come and go, and the charm bracelet has not always been in vogue. It made a re-appearance during World War II when returning soldiers brought home souvenirs from the lands they had been stationed in.
During the ’50s and ’60s, charm bracelets resurged. These charms were not worn to ward off evil spirits or to bring luck, but instead they signified events in the teenager’s life.
The early 2000′s saw another revival for the charm bracelet. Today they are a “must have” accessory for the fashion conscious, especially for those who like handcrafted jewelry.
The Charm Bracelet Today
Some collect tiny charms for fashion, others place meaning behind each charm added to their bracelet. Charms can be collected by category; sports, animals, hobbies, achievements.
A charm bracelet is a great gift. Add one or two charms to a bracelet and then give it as a gift. Add to it every birthday, Christmas, or whenever an occasion warrants giving something.
Popular Charm Bracelets
Popular charm bracelets found in shops today include Pandora Charms, Troll Beads, Italian Charm Bracelet. There are also many copies of these particular types of bracelets available at much cheaper prices.
In spite of the cost of the Pandora Charms, or the other original charm bracelets, they are still the preferred choice by many over the cheaper brands.