Charm bracelets are the ultimate form of personalised jewellery: the style of bracelet and the style and design of each bracelet charm are all chosen with great care by the wearer or for the wearer. Each bracelet charm reflects a different aspect of the wearer’s personality, taste or history and a carefully designed bracelet can tell a story.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a charm bracelet or bracelet charm, either for yourself or as a gift for a loved one.
Style of bracelet
There are three main designs currently on the market. The style that most people choose is the traditional charm bracelet. This is typically made from gold or silver with space for links to which bracelet charms can be soldered. This style is so popular because there are so many charms to choose from, and the charms are usually designed so that you can easily tell what they denote or signify. The charms dangle from the bracelet and are usually made from gold or silver but many designs also feature glass or enamel in a range of colours.
The other two types are the Italian charm bracelet, which has been around since the 1980s, and the bead charm bracelet.
The Italian charm bracelet looks a bit like a watch strap, but in place of the links on a metal watch strap are rectangular charms. These can have pictures or photos on them depending on the design you choose. Bead charm bracelets feature a metallic cord (usually silver) onto which you can thread bead-shaped charms. These are more decorative than personal and people tend to choose bead charms that coordinate with each other rather than those that tell a story about the wearer.
Style of bracelet charm
The charms you choose will need to fit on the style of bracelet you have opted for, and will also need to coordinate with the material of your bracelet. Gold charms on a silver bracelet just don’t go well together, though colourful enamel charms will go with pretty much anything.
Meaning of the bracelet charm
You can theme your bracelet around anything you want. You could create a story of your life, including charms to represent major life events such as births, marriages, holidays, graduations and any ‘big’ birthdays. Or you could buy charms that remind you of all of the places you have visited, both locally and abroad. A London bus could sit next to the Eiffel Tower, for example (both are available from Links of London) and plot your journey around the globe.
Quality of the bracelet and charms
It is important to buy a charm bracelet that is of good quality or you risk the whole thing coming apart. Each of the links of the bracelet must have been soldered properly together and it needs to fit properly so that it does not slip off or too far up your arm. The charms also need to be of good quality; otherwise they are likely to discolour over time. You also need to make sure that you have the charms soldered on professionally so that they do not come off.
Follow these basics and buy or give a beautiful charm bracelet that will last a lifetime.
This is a guest post by Claire Chat a new Londoner, jewellery passionate and animal lover. She blogs about Jewllery, Pets and Travelling in Europe. If you want Claire to write you specific content, you can find email her here or contact her on Twitter (Claire_Chat).