Charm jewellery had fallen out of favor over the previous decades, but the resurgence of charm bracelets has grown dramatically over the last few years.
Where did charm bracelets come from, and what do they mean to us?
The original charm jewellery is believed to hail from the Victorian era, as small mementos. These would often be small brass or pewter, occasionally silver or gold, miniature representations of parenthood and birth. They might also have religious overtones, and given as gifts by relatives and god parents.
As we entered the 20th century, the fashion for charm bracelets dwindled, and became little more than curios. This is possible due to the fact that these would become valuable, and stand as family heirlooms. Therefore they’d be locked away for posterity. With no one wearing them, there would be no fashion to emulate. And of course, fashions do change all the time, and the charm bracelet became something of anachronism.
Charm Bracelets In The Swinging Sixties
It wasn’t until after the Second World War that charms began to resurface as popular jewellery, and in the United States especially. This is undoubtedly related to the return of troops from different parts of the world, and the souvenirs they would collect during their tours overseas. Often they would bring back small charms for their wives, girlfriends or daughters. Soon they would find their way onto chains and back into fashion.
The 1950s and 60s had a particular love affair with the charm bracelet, and were adopted by many fashion jewellery brands at the time. Soon they became more popular than ever before. As I’ve already mentioned, fashions can be fleeting, and the popularity of charm bracelets began to dwindle. However, some jewellery designers found their niche.
Today’s Charm Jewellery
In the mid 70s, Danish company Troll beads was created to produce experimental silver, gold and glass beads for charm jewellery. This is one of the few brands who have continued to this day, seeing the trends come and go. Troll beads sale figures have always done well because of their collectibility and exclusivity, two essential elements for the success of any jewellery brand.
It’s brands like Troll beads that have helped to sustain the charm bracelet market, and now they’re more popular than ever. There are a great many cool designer charm brands around now, all bringing their own sense of style, from the sophisticated to the quirky.
The popularity of charm jewellery is mainly down to the ability to customize and create your own taste and style. This is the perfect to create your own unique jewellery style from among the amazing collection of pieces around today. Although it’s worth bearing in mind that not all charm jewellery, along with the cords and chains are the same size!
Robinson Goldsmiths offer a great range of charm jewellery and now have a trollbeads sale on at their shop in Ireland