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THE HISTORY OF THE CHARM BRACELET
"Good memories are like charms...Each is special. You collect them one by one, until one day you look back and discover they make a long, colorful bracelet." - James Patterson
Did you know?...The wearing of charms has been around for more than 75,000 years, worn as amulets and talismans, as symbols of status, religion, identification, tokens of love and as adornments of fashion. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, charms were made from shell, bones and clay, and were believed to possess special powers. The ancient Egyptians created charms of precious metals and stones, not only worn as symbols of richness and prosperity, but also used to identify the wearer to the gods as they passed into the afterlife. The first charm bracelets were worn by the Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians and Hittites during the Bronze Age, beginning around 700 BC.
During the reign of Queen Victoria, 1876 to 1901, charm bracelets were popular with the upper class, emulating Queen Victoria, who preferred to wear bracelets adorned with be-jeweled charms and small lockets containing locks of hair and portraits of loved ones. Upon the passing of her beloved Prince Albert, the Queen had a "mourning" charm bracelet created. Among the charms, were a locket of his hair, another containing a small photograph of the Prince and mementos of their life together.
Charms have been carried by soldiers into battle for good luck and protection. The glamorous screen goddesses of the 1940's favored bracelets featuring charms made of platinum and diamonds. The Bobby Soxers of the 1950's loved bracelets filled with charms that were mementos of vacations, hobbies and achievements.
Charms have endured throughout the ages, and can be worn on bracelets, necklaces and even paired as whimsical earrings. Visit us at Tick Tock Jewelers to check out our large selection of estate and newly handcrafted charms, available in yellow gold, white gold and sterling. Let us create and personalize a "charming" piece of jewelry for you that is fun, elegant and stylish, and a one-of-kind classic collectible.